Greatest Achievement By European Clubs

Throughout the history of club football, there have always been some great club performances that have captured the imagination of their fans with some great seasons. From a treble winning campaign to an incredible come-from-behind job to win their league, these clubs will always be remembered. All-time greatest performance or achievement by European clubs are as follows.

No 20: Bayern Munich (2010)
Trophies Won: Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.
In 2010, Bayern Munich proved that they not only were going to be a side that was going to be great in the next couple of years in European football, but they also were going to be great in the present day. Bayern barely won the league over Schalke, and won the DFB-Pokal over Werder Breman 4-0 to set up a potential treble with their Champions League final matchup against Inter Milan in Madrid. Unfortunately for Bayern, they lost 2-0 to Inter to end their chances for the treble.

No 19: Liverpool (1977)
Trophies Won: English First Division and European Cup.
One of the greatest seasons in Liverpool's illustrious history, Liverpool were able to win the first division in England by one point over Manchester City, keeping the league title for yet another year. Also, Liverpool were able to win the European Cup by a 3-1 score over Borussia Mönchengladbach in Rome, marking Liverpool's first ever European Cup title. And, Bob Paisley was able to show that he was a successful replacement for the legendary Bill Shankly at Anfield.

No 18: Red Star Belgrade (1991)
Trophies Won: Yugoslav First League and European Cup.
In the final year of the European Cup (before it became the Champions League), Red Star Belgrade became the only Yugoslavian side to win the Champions League. Belgrade were able to do this by beating Marseille 5-3 on penalties to add the European Cup to the Yugoslav First League they won by ten points over Partizan Belgrade.

No 17: Real Madrid (1962)
Trophies Won: La Liga and Copa del Rey
After winning five European Cups within the last decade, Real Madrid once again went to a European Cup final, where they lost 5-3 to Benfica. However, los Blancos were able to win both La Liga (by three points over FC Barcelona) and the Copa del Rey (by a 2-1 score over Sevilla) that season.

No 16: Arsenal (2004)
Trophies Won: Premier League
The "Invincibles" had one of the greatest seasons in English football history as they found themselves with an undefeated record after a grueling 38 match campaign in the Premier League, the first time this happened since Preston North End did this in th 1800's! Arsenal also reached the quarterfinals in both the Champions League and League Cup, and were able to go to the semifinals in the FA Cup before losing to Manchester United.

No 15: Bayern Munich (1974)
Trophies Won: Bundesliga and European Cup
The beginning of their best run ever in European football, Bayern Munich were able to win both the Bundesliga and the European Cup (on replay) in the same season. With goalkeeper Sepp Maier, sweeper Franz Beckenbauer, and striker Gerd Mueller, this is one of the most talented Bayern squads of all time. Bayern Munich went on to win the next two European Cups after this season.

No 14: Porto (2004)
Trophies Won: Portuguese Liga and Champions League.
One of the greatest seasons ever for a Portuguese club, Porto were able to beat the odds and claim a double of both the league and the Champions League in the same season. With a great manager in Jose Mourinho and great players in Ricardo Carvalho, Jorge Costa, Deco and Benni McCarthy, Porto were able to stun the world and win the Champions League final by a 3-0 score over Monaco in the final Champions League final putting two non-traditional European powers against each other.

No 13: Manchester United (2008)
Trophies Won: Premier League, Champions League, Community Shield and FIFA Club World Cup.
One of the greatest seasons in the long history of Manchester United was in 2008 when they were able to grab four trophies with an extremely talented squad. With FIFA footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo and incredible play from their other stars, the Red Devils claimed their second straight Premier League title, a Champions League title on penalties over Chelsea by a 6-5 score, a Community Shield and a FIFA Club World Cup to close out the year.

No 12: Liverpool (1984)
Trophies Won: English First Division, Football League Cup and European Cup.
Another great year for Liverpool in the mid 1980's, the Reds were able to complete a treble of the league, league cup and European Cup in this season. Liverpool won the European Cup 4-2 on penalties, the final European Cup for Liverpool for 21 years until they beat AC Milan in The Miracle of Istanbul.

No 11: Steaua Bucureşti (1986)
Trophies Won: Liga I and European Cup
The only Romanian side to ever win the European Cup, Steaua Bucureşti were able to complete an impressive league double in what was an incredible year. For starters, Bucureşti won Liga I by nine points before losing to eternal rival Dinamo Bucureşti 1-0 in the Romanian Cup final. However, Bucureşti were able to win the European Cup over FC Barcelona after a scoreless 120 minutes. On penalties, goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam,was dubbed "The Hero of Seville" after Barcelona failed to score on their four spot kicks, and Bucureşti won on penalties 2-0.

No 10: Bayern Munich (2001)
Trophies Won: Bundesliga, DFB-Ligapokal and Champions League.
After losing tragically 2-1 to Manchester United two years earlier in the Champions League final to see the Red Devils claim a treble, Bayern Munich were able to return the favor at the expense of Valencia in the Champions League final. But besides their success in Milan, Bayern were also able to claim the Bundesliga and DFB-Ligapokal in 2001 in what is one of the greatest seasons ever in German football.

No 9: Real Madrid (1960)
Trophies Won: European Cup and Intercontinental Cup.
The season that saw the end of Real Madrid's streak of five European Cup titles in a row, Real Madrid and their superstars proved that they were once again the best in Europe with this title. Even though they failed to win La Liga and they didn't win the Copa del Rey, they still have achieved a record that will probably never be broken as los Blancos carried on their record.

No 8: Inter Milan (1965)
Trophies Won: Serie A and European Cup.
The year that saw Inter's final European Cup title for 45 years, Inter Milan were able to win both the European Cup and Serie A in the same season. Inter did lose to Juventus in the Coppa Italia Final by a 1-0 score, but they were able to successfully defend their Champions League title from 1964 also in this season.

No 7: Ajax (1973)
Trophies Won: Eredivisie and European Cup.
The first ever club from the Netherlands to win a treble, Ajax also won their third consecutive European Cup over Bayern Munich in a year in which their Total Football philosophy continued to take the world by storm. Of course, many of these players would play in the World Cup for the Netherlands in the World Cup the following year, as Total Football got the Dutch into the final before losing to West Germany.

No 6: Inter Milan (2010)
Trophies Won: Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League.
After a long 45 year period without winning the European Cup/Champions League, Inter Milan were able to break that spell with style as they became the first ever Italian side to win a treble. First, they won their fifth consecutive Serie A title before claiming the Coppa Italia and the Champions League title over Bayern Munich by a 2-0 score in Jose Mourinho's final match in charge of the club.

No 5: PSV (1988)
Trophies Won: Dutch Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and European Cup.
The second ever Dutch side to win a treble, PSV were able to first win the Evedivisie before winning the KNVB Cup and then the European Cup by a 6-5 score on penalties over Benfica. PSV were the first side with a treble since Ajax back in 1972, and were the final treble for 11 years when Manchester United did it.

No 4: Ajax (1972)
Trophies Won: Dutch Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, European Cup and Intercontinental Cup.
The second ever side to win a treble, Ajax in 1972 were able to repeat as European Champions by beating Inter Milan 2-0 in what is often considered Total Football's greatest moment. Along with that, Ajax were able to run away with the Eredivisie, won the KNVB Cup by a 3-2 score over FC Den Haag, and won the Intercontinental Cup by a 4-1 score (over two matches) against Independiente of Argentina.

No 3: Celtic (1967)
Trophies Won:Scottish Football League, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and European Cup.
The "Libson Lions", Celtic were able to put together an incredible performance in the 1967 calendar year as they became the first side to ever win a quadruple along with becoming the first European side to win a treble. The most dramatic of all of Celtic's performances came in the European Cup final against Inter Milan, in which Stevie Chalmers won the match with five minutes left to complete the treble.

No 2: Manchester United (1999)
Trophies Won: Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Intercontinental Cup.
The only English side to ever win a treble, Manchester United were able to work miracles throughout the season as they won the Premier League and the FA Cup. But their greatest comeback came in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, in which Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored two goals in stoppage time to give Manchester United the title. United also went on to win the Intercontinental Cup against Palmeiras 1-0 to close out their incredible year.

No 1: FC Barcelona (2009)
Trophies Won: La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
In 2009, Barcelona put together the greatest season in club football history as they became the first (and only) side to achieve the sex-tuple. Barcelona started this by winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey before completing the treble with a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League final. Then, they won the Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup before beating Estudiantes 2-1 in extra time to claim the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup title, ending their dream season.

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