Spain leading way in European Cup stakes

Already the European Cup's dominant force, Spain will have the chance to claim their 15th victory in the competition when FC Barcelona take on Juventus in Berlin on 6 June.

Barcelona celebrate reaching another European Cup final
Barcelona celebrate reaching another European Cup final ©AFP/Getty Images

Spain will have the chance to strengthen their position as the European Cup's most dominant country when FC Barcelona play Juventus – although victory for the Serie A champions would take Italy's trophy count to 13, one less than Spain.

Barcelona reached their first UEFA Champions League final since 2011 by completing a 5-3 aggregate win against FC Bayern München on Tuesday, the German club having claimed five of the Bundesliga's seven European crowns. Real Madrid CF, who clinched their tenth triumph and Spain's 14th with victory in the all-Liga decider against Club Atlético de Madrid last season, failed to set up another all-Spanish final though, going down 3-2 overall to Juventus who will therefore hope to lift Italy's first title since FC Internazionale Milano's 2010 success.

Spain's stranglehold on the competition was established early as Real Madrid won the first five editions of the European Champion Clubs' Cup. The Merengues' tenth crown last term – secured in the second all-Spanish final – raised Spain's total to 14, with Barça reigning supreme in 1992, 2006, 2009 and 2011.

Spanish teams have been European Cup runners-up on ten occasions, the same number as Germany and fewer only than Italy, whose sides have lost 14 finals. They have, however, also won 12, and Juventus will look to make it 13 in Berlin on 6 June.

European Cup wins by country
Spain 14 (10 runners-up)
Italy 12 (14 runners-up)
England 12 (7 runners-up)
Germany 7 (10 runners-up)
Netherlands 6 (2 runners-up)
Portugal 4 (5 runners-up)
France 1 (5 runners-up)
Scotland 1 (1 runners-up)
Romania 1 (1 runners-up)
Serbia 1 (1 runners-up)
Greece 0 (1 runners-up)
Belgium 0 (1 runners-up)
Sweden 0 (1 runners-up)

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