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Real Madrid don’t play finals, they win them: 16 trophies from 18 finals since 2014

Real Madrid‘s history changed in 2014 when Carlo Ancelotti led the team to La Decima, their 10th Champions League title, which had eluded them for 12 years.

It was the start of a glorious cycle that, eight years later, is still going strong.

In Helsinki, against Eintracht Frankfurt, Real Madrid are looking to seal their fifth European Super Cup and the 17th final won since Gareth Bale‘s goal against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.

Only Atletico Madrid have been able to beat Los Blancos in a final during that period. They did it in the 2014 Supercopa de Espana and then again in the 2018 European Super Cup.

Luis Aragones once stated that finals are not played, they are won. This mantra seems to have gripped Real Madrid over the past decade.

Here’s a look at how Europe’s other clubs have fared in finals.

Barcelona: 10 wins from 15 finals

It could be said that Real Madrid‘s domination in finals started in 2014 when they beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. Since then, the Catalan club have lost five finals.

Three of those came in the Supercopa de Espana and two in the Copa del Rey. At European and International level, the club have not appeared in a final since winning the Champions League in 2015.

Atletico Madrid: Three from six

Atletico Madrid‘s story would be different if they had defeated Real Madrid in either or both of the Champions League finals in Lisbon and Milan.

After losing to Real Madrid in 2014, Atletico have played in five finals winning two Super Cups (the Supercopa de Espana in 2014 and the European Super Cup in 2018) and losing three: the two Champions Leagues and the first Supercopa de Espana played in Saudi Arabia.

Atletico also added the 2018 Europa League, bringing their success rate to 50 percent.

Sevilla: Four from 12

Infallible in Europa League finals, Sevilla have yet to win the European Super Cup. They have only won it once (2006) and nobody has lost as many finals as they have (five).

With the 2014 cut-off, Sevilla have played 12 finals and ‘only’ won the four Europa League finals. They lost two Copa del Rey finals and all six Super Cups.

Athletic Club: Three from six

The Basques have appeared in six finals during this period, three of them Copa del Rey finals that always ended in defeat (two against Barcelona and the all-Basque bout against Real Sociedad at La Cartuja).

The Supercopa de Espana was better for them: two wins (both against Barcelona) and one defeat (Real Madrid).

Bayern Munich: 13 from 17

Bayern have never played in a European final against Real Madrid, but since 2014 they have lost three times to Los Blancos: twice in the semi-finals and once in the quarter-finals.

In that time they have lost four of 17 finals: three German Supercups (all to Borussia Dortmund) and the DFB Pokal final won by Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018.

Liverpool: Six from 12

Winners of everything since Jurgen Klopp arrived on the scene, Liverpool have lost both Champions League finals in which Real Madrid were their opponents.

In addition, since 2014, they have lost twice in the Community Shield (Manchester City and Arsenal) and once in the League Cup (to City, on penalties in 2016).

In Europe, Klopp‘s first with the Reds was a defeat to Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final.

Manchester City: Nine from 13

With the Champions League evading them, Manchester City have had to make do with cup finals in England.

Since 2014 they have won one FA Cup (6-0 to Watford in 2019), played in five Community Shields (winning two and losing three) and won every single League Cup final they have contested (six out of six).

In the Champions League, they reached the final in Porto in 2021, which they lost to Chelsea.

PSG: 19 from 22

In Paris there is another club that aspires to be European champions. The final they reached, in 2020, they lost in Lisbon to Bayern.

Their domination in France is absolute, but they have lost three finals: last year’s Super Cup (to Lille in Tel Aviv) and another cup final (in 2019, to Stade de Reims, on penalties).

They started the 2022/23 season with another Super Cup win, their ninth in 10 years.

Chelsea: Six from 15

Champions of Europe in 2021, the Stamford Bridge side did not fail to win the European Super Cup (against Villarreal, on penalties) and the Club World Cup (Palmeiras, in extra time) to confirm their return to the elite.

The club also won the 2019 Europa League, and have a handful of final wins since 2014, losing more than they’ve won.

Juventus: Eight from 17

Juventus are once again looking to reassert their dominance in Italy after a period that saw them unsuccessfully pursue the Champions League.

Twice they came within a whisker of winning Europe’s biggest prize and on both occasions they crossed paths with a Spanish team, with their curse in Champions League finals extending to two wins out of nine.

In 2015 it was Barcelona and in 2017 it was Real Madrid who stood in their way of European success.


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