In tonight’s UEFA Champions League Final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Barcelona are going for the treble of being domestic champions, principal domestic cup winners and European champions in the same season, achieved by Manchester United 10 years ago, in 1999.
Only three other European sides have achieved such a treble:
- Celtic in 1967 (in fact, Celtic did a quadruple)
- Ajax in 1972
- PSV in 1988
The following clubs went close, but missed out despite finishing as domestic and European champions only because they lost their principal domestic cup final:
- Real Madrid in 1958 (lost cup final to Athletic Bilbao)
- Inter Milan in 1965 (lost cup final to Juventus)
- Liverpool in 1977 (lost cup final to Manchester United)
- Steaua Bucharest in 1986 (lost cup final to Dinamo Bucharest)
- Red Star Belgrade in 1991 (lost cup final to Hadjuk Split)
- Porto in 2004 (lost cup final to Benfica)
No club has lost in the European final in the same season as achieving the domestic league and cup double. If Barcelona lose, they will be the first.
Manchester United are going for the treble of domestic title, League Cup winners and European champions, achieved by Liverpool 25 years ago, in 1984. Coincidentally, Liverpool won the European Cup that year at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Bayern Munich are the only other club to have achieved the equivalent of domestic title, secondary domestic cup winners and European champions in the same season (2001).
If Manchester United win, they will become the first European club to do a treble of European champions, domestic title and one major domestic cup for the second time. No quadruple though. That’s only been done once – by Celtic.