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UEFA Champions League: 5 lesser known facts you should know

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The UEFA Champions League, or as it is simply known as the Champions League, is a continental football club competition that is organized by the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) every year. Since its inception in 1955, top division clubs from all over Europe have contested in it with Real Madrid emerging to be the most successful of the lot (10 titles).The tournament was rebranded in 1992 as the UEFA Champions League, before which, it was known as Europe Champion Clubs' Cup or simply, European Cup. The officials also added a group stage to the competition and also allowed numerous entrants from certain countries.Here are five lesser known facts about the UEFA Champions League.

#1 Spain - Most successful country


Barcelona at the end of their 2014-15 season

The 2010 World Cup champions, Spain is the most successful country in the sixty-year-old history of the competition. The two Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona have a total of 15 Champions League titles amongst themselves with Madrid winning the tournament ten times.

The Italian sides have also been quite successful in the competition with AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan emerging victorious on 12 occasions in total.

The English teams have also won the Champions League for a total of 12 times as the island country has produced five winners, namely, Liverpool (5 times), Manchester United (3 times), Nottingham Forrest (2 times), Chelsea (1 time) and Aston Villa (1 time).

A list of the most successful countries in the Champions League:

CountryWinnersRunners-UpNumber of teams
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