English football clubs in international competitions

English football clubs have entered European association football competitions (UEFA Champions League/European Cup, UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the now defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup) since 1955, when Birmingham City and a London XI took part in the inaugural Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. English clubs have also taken part in the FIFA Club World Cup on four occasions and the Intercontinental Cup on six occasions.

The European Cup began in 1955–56, but there was no English representative during that inaugural season as reigning champions Chelsea had been persuaded to withdraw by The Football League. The first English side to participate in the following edition was Manchester United, who were also the first English winners in 1968, ten years after their second entry into the cup had effectively ended when eight of their players died in the Munich air disaster when flying home from Belgrade after qualifying for the 1957–58 semi-final. Tottenham Hotspur won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1963.

Prior to that, England had been pioneers in establishing international competitions, with the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, which was won by West Auckland when they defeated Italian side Juventus in 1909. English teams have participated in UEFA competitions every year save for the years between 1985–1990, when in the aftermath of the Heysel Stadium disaster, all English clubs were banned from Europe by UEFA; Liverpool, who had been playing at the Heysel Stadium against Juventus, were banned for six years, until 1991. Several teams have managed to play in Europe while being outside the top flight, including more recently Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic. Liverpool are the most successful English team internationally with 13 honours.

Who qualifies for UEFA competitions

From the 2015–16 season, the various permutations allow for a maximum of 5 English clubs to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and 3 for the UEFA Europa League.[1] From the 2018-19 season, the top four clubs in Europe's four highest ranked leagues will qualify directly to the group stages.[2] These leagues are currently England, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The minimum quota is for four English clubs to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and three for the UEFA Europa League.

Competition Who qualifies Notes
UEFA Champions League group stage Premier League 1st
Premier League 2nd
Premier League 3rd
Premier League 4th
UEFA Champions League winners Since the 2015–16 season, the UEFA Champions League winners will gain entry to the UEFA Champions League in the group stages.[3]
UEFA Europa League winners Prior to the 2015–16 season, there was a limit of four clubs from each association entering the Champions League. If a club outside of England's top four won the Champions League, the 4th placed club would be demoted to the Europa League in the following season. This occurred in the 2011–12 season when Chelsea won the Champions League but only finished sixth in the Premier League. They replaced the fourth-placed team Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League, who were demoted to the Europa League.

From the 2018–19 season, the UEFA Europa League winners will gain entry to the UEFA Champions League in the group stage.[4]

Also from that season, if English clubs win both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, and neither finish the Premier League in a position that qualifies them for the UEFA Champions League, the following will happen:

  • The club that won the UEFA Champions League will go straight into the group stage
  • The UEFA Europa League winners will go into the UEFA Champions League group stage
  • The club that finished fourth in the Premier League will transfer into the UEFA Europa League

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UEFA Europa League group stage FA Cup winners or Club finishing fifth in the Premier League If the FA Cup winners qualify for the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League via the domestic league, by Regulation 3.04,[6] the highest ranking non-qualified league club qualifies, taking the lowest Europa League spot (the League Cup spot – the League Cup inherits the League spot, and the League inherits the FA Cup spot).
UEFA Europa League second qualifying round League Cup winners If the League Cup winners have already qualified for Europe by a high Premier League finish, then the next highest-finishing Premier League club gets this place
UEFA Europa League first qualifying round Premier League club with the best UEFA Fair Play ranking that has not already qualified for Europe, but only if England has one of the top three positions and has a fair play score of above eight. As of 2015, Fair Play no longer earns this Europa League spot. Instead, such teams will be awarded in cash prizes, with the monies to be spent on "fair play or respect themed projects".[7]

Multiple European and worldwide competition winners from England

TeamNumber of WinsYears
Liverpool131973, 1976, 1977 (2), 1978, 1981, 1984, 2001 (2), 2005 (2), 2019 (2)
Manchester United81968, 1991 (2), 1999 (2), 2008 (2), 2017
Chelsea61971, 1998 (2), 2012, 2013, 2019
Tottenham Hotspur31963, 1972, 1984
Nottingham Forest31979 (2), 1980
Aston Villa31982 (2), 2001
West Ham United21965, 1999
Leeds United21968, 1971
Newcastle United21969, 2006
Arsenal21970, 1994

European and World competition winners

European Cup/Champions League Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup/Europa League Cup Winners Cup Super Cup Intercontinental Cup/FIFA Club World Cup Intertoto Cup
2018–19Liverpool 2018–19Chelsea 1997–98Chelsea 2019Liverpool 2008Manchester United 2006Newcastle United
2011–12Chelsea 2016–17Manchester United 1993–94Arsenal 2005Liverpool 1999Manchester United 2002Fulham
2007–08Manchester United 2012–13Chelsea 1990–91Manchester United 2001Liverpool 2001Aston Villa
2004–05Liverpool 2000–01Liverpool 1984–85Everton 1998Chelsea 1999West Ham United
1998–99Manchester United 1983–84Tottenham Hotspur 1970–71Chelsea 1991Manchester United
1983–84Liverpool 1980–81Ipswich Town 1969–70Manchester City 1982Aston Villa
1981–82Aston Villa 1975–76Liverpool 1964–65West Ham United 1979Nottingham Forest
1980–81Liverpool 1972–73Liverpool 1962–63Tottenham Hotspur 1977Liverpool
1979–80Nottingham Forest 1971–72Tottenham Hotspur
1978–79Nottingham Forest 1970–71Leeds United
1977–78Liverpool 1969–70Arsenal
1976–77Liverpool 1968–69Newcastle United
1967–68Manchester United 1967–68Leeds United

Full European record

UEFA Champions League/European Cup

English teams have won the competition 13 times and been in the final on 8 occasions as of 1 June 2019.

Year Team Progress Score Opponents Venue(s)
1955–56 None entered
1956–57 Manchester United Semi-finals 3–5 Real Madrid 1–3 at Santiago Bernabéu, 2–2 at Old Trafford
1957–58 2–5 A.C. Milan 2–1 at Old Trafford, 0–4 at San Siro
1958–59 First round BSC Young Boys Walkover – United withdrawn by the Football League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–4 Schalke 04 2–2 at Molineux, 1–2 at Glückauf-Kampfbahn
1959–60 Quarter-finals 2–9 Barcelona 0–4 at Camp Nou, 2–5 at Molineux
1960–61 Burnley 4–5 Hamburger SV 3–1 at Turf Moor, 1–4 at Volksparkstadion
1961–62 Tottenham Hotspur Semi-finals 3–4 Benfica 1–3 at Estádio da Luz, 2–1 at White Hart Lane
1962–63 Ipswich Town First round 2–4 A.C. Milan 0–3 at San Siro, 2–1 at Portman Road
1963–64 Everton Preliminary round 0–1 Inter Milan 0–0 at Goodison Park, 0–1 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
1964–65 Liverpool Semi-finals 3–4 3–1 at Anfield, 0–3 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
1965–66 Manchester United 1–2 Partizan 0–1 at Partizan, 1–0 at Old Trafford
1966–67 Liverpool Second round 3–7 Ajax 1–5 at De Meer, 2–2 at Anfield
1967–68 Manchester United Winners 4–1 Benfica Wembley Stadium
1968–69 Manchester City First round 1–2 Fenerbahçe 0–0 at Maine Road, 1–2 at Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium
Manchester United Semi-finals A.C. Milan 0–2 at San Siro, 1–0 at Old Trafford
1969–70 Leeds United 1–3 Celtic 0–1 at Elland Road, 1–2 at Hampden Park
1970–71 Everton Quarter-finals 1–1 (a) Panathinaikos 1–1 at Goodison Park, 0–0 at Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium
1971–72 Arsenal 1–3 Ajax 1–2 at De Meer Stadion, 0–1 at Highbury Stadium
1972–73 Derby County Semi-finals 1–3 Juventus 1–3 at Stadio Comunale, 0–0 at Baseball Ground
1973–74 Liverpool Second round 2–4 Red Star Belgrade 1–2 at Red Star Stadium, 1–2 at Anfield
1974–75 Leeds United Final 0–2 Bayern Munich Parc des Princes
1975–76 Derby County Second round 5–6 (aet) Real Madrid 4–1 at Baseball Ground, 1–5 at Santiago Bernabéu
1976–77 Liverpool Winners 3–1 Borussia Mönchengladbach Stadio Olimpico
1977–78 Winners 1–0 Club Brugge Wembley Stadium
1978–79 Liverpool First round 0–2 Nottingham Forest 0–2 at City Ground, 0–0 at Anfield
Nottingham Forest Winners 1–0 Malmö FF Olympiastadion Munich
1979–80 Liverpool First round 2–4 Dinamo Tbilisi 2–1 at Anfield, 0–3 at Boris Paichadze Stadium
Nottingham Forest Winners 1–0 Hamburger SV Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
1980–81 Nottingham Forest First round 0–2 CSKA Sofia 0–1 at Balgarska Armia Stadium, 0–1 at City Ground
Liverpool Winners 1–0 Real Madrid Parc des Princes
1981–82 Liverpool Quarter-finals 1–2 (aet) CSKA Sofia 0–1 at Anfield, 2–0 at Balgarska Armia Stadium
Aston Villa Winners 1–0 Bayern Munich De Kuip
1982–83 Liverpool Quarter-finals 3–4 Widzew Łódź 0–2 at Stadion Widzewa, 3–2 at Anfield
Aston Villa 2–5 Juventus 1–2 at Villa Park, 1–3 at Stadio Olimpico di Torino
1983–84 Liverpool Winners 1–1 (4–2p) Roma Stadio Olimpico
1984–85 Final 0–1 Juventus Heysel Stadium
1985–86 Banned (Everton)
1986–87 Banned (Liverpool)
1987–88 Banned (Everton)
1988–89 Banned (Liverpool)
1989–90 Banned (Arsenal)
1990–91[lower-alpha 1] Banned (Liverpool)
1991–92 Arsenal Second round 2–4 (aet) Benfica 1–1 at Estádio da Luz, 1–3 at Highbury
1992–93 Leeds United 2–4 Rangers 1–2 at Elland Road, 1–2 at Ibrox
1993–94 Manchester United 3–3 (a) Galatasaray 3–3 at Old Trafford, 0–0 at Ali Sami Yen Stadium
1994–95 Manchester United 3rd in group stage N/A IFK Göteborg, Barcelona, Galatasaray
1995–96 Blackburn Rovers 4th in group stage N/A Spartak Moscow, Legia Warsaw, Rosenborg
1996–97 Manchester United Semi-finals 0–2 Borussia Dortmund 0–1 at Signal Iduna Park, 0–1 at Old Trafford
1997–98 Newcastle United 3rd in group stage N/A Dynamo Kyiv, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona
Manchester United Quarter-finals 1–1 (a) Monaco 0–0 at Stade Louis II, 1–1 at Old Trafford
1998–99 Arsenal 3rd in group stage N/A Dynamo Kyiv, Lens, Panathinaikos
Manchester United Winners 2–1 Bayern Munich Camp Nou
1999–2000 Arsenal 3rd in first group stage UEFA Barcelona, Fiorentina, AIK
Chelsea Quarter-finals 4–6 (aet) Barcelona 3–1 at Stamford Bridge, 1–5 at Camp Nou
Manchester United 2–3 Real Madrid 0–0 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, 2–3 at Old Trafford
2000–01 Arsenal Quarter-finals 2–2 (a) Valencia 2–1 at Highbury, 0–1 at Mestalla Stadium
Manchester United 1–3 Bayern Munich 0–1 at Old Trafford, 1–2 at Olympiastadion
Leeds United Semi-finals 0–3 Valencia 0–0 at Elland Road, 0–3 at Mestalla Stadium
2001–02 Arsenal 3rd in second group stage N/A Bayer Leverkusen, Deportivo La Coruña, Juventus
Liverpool Quarter-finals 3–4 Bayer Leverkusen 1–0 at Anfield, 2–4 at BayArena
Manchester United Semi-finals 3–3 (a) 2–2 at Old Trafford, 1–1 at BayArena
2002–03 Liverpool 3rd in first group stage UEFA Valencia, Basel, Spartak Moscow
Newcastle United 3rd in second group stage N/A Barcelona, Inter Milan, Bayer Leverkusen
Arsenal Valencia, Ajax, Roma
Manchester United Quarter-finals 5–6 Real Madrid 1–3 at Santiago Bernabéu, 4–3 at Old Trafford
2003–04 Newcastle United Third qualifying round 1–1 (4–3p)
(UEFA)
Partizan 1–0 at Partizan Stadium, 0–1 at St James' Park
Manchester United Quarter-finals 2–3 Porto 1–2 at Estádio do Dragão, 1–1 at Old Trafford
Arsenal Chelsea 1–1 at Stamford Bridge, 1–2 at Highbury
Chelsea Semi-finals 5–3 Monaco 1–3 at Stade Louis II, 2–2 at Stamford Bridge
2004–05 Manchester United Round of 16 0–2 A.C. Milan 0–1 at Old Trafford, 0–1 at San Siro
Arsenal 2–3 Bayern Munich 1–3 at Allianz Arena, 1–0 at Highbury
Chelsea Semi-finals 0–1 Liverpool 0–0 at Stamford Bridge, 0–1 at Anfield
Liverpool Winners 3–3 (3–2p) Milan Atatürk Olympic Stadium
2005–06 Everton Third qualifying round 2–4
UEFA
Villarreal 1–2 at Goodison Park, 1–2 at Estadio El Madrigal
Manchester United 4th in group stage N/A

Villarreal, Benfica, Lille

Chelsea Round of 16 2–3 Barcelona 1–2 at Stamford Bridge, 0–1 at Camp Nou
Liverpool 0–3 Benfica 0–1 at Estádio da Luz, 0–2 at Anfield
Arsenal Final 1–2 Barcelona Stade de France
2006–07 Arsenal Round of 16 1–2 PSV Eindhoven 0–1 at Philips Stadion, 1–1 at Emirates Stadium
Chelsea Semi-finals 1–1 (1–4p) Liverpool 1–0 at Stamford Bridge, 0–1 at Anfield
Manchester United Semi-finals 3–5 A.C. Milan 3–2 at Old Trafford, 0–3 at San Siro
Liverpool Final 1–2 Olympic Stadium
2007–08 Arsenal Quarter-finals 3–5 Liverpool 1–1 at Emirates Stadium, 2–4 at Anfield
Liverpool Semi-finals 3–4 (aet) Chelsea 1–1 at Anfield, 2–3 at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea Final 1–1 (5–6p) Manchester United Luzhniki Stadium
Manchester United Winners 1–1 (6–5p) Chelsea Luzhniki Stadium
2008–09 Liverpool Quarter-finals 5–7 Chelsea 1–3 at Anfield, 4–4 at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea Semi-finals 1–1 (a) Barcelona 0–0 at Camp Nou, 1–1 at Stamford Bridge
Arsenal 1–4 Manchester United 0–1 at Old Trafford, 1–3 at Emirates Stadium
Manchester United Final 0–2 Barcelona Stadio Olimpico
2009–10 Liverpool 3rd in group stage UEFA

Fiorentina, Lyon, Debrecen

Chelsea Round of 16 1–3 Inter Milan 1–2 at San Siro, 0–1 at Stamford Bridge
Arsenal Quarter-finals 3–6 Barcelona 2–2 at Emirates Stadium, 1–4 at Camp Nou
Manchester United 4–4 (a) Bayern Munich 1–2 at Allianz Arena, 3–2 at Old Trafford
2010–11 Arsenal Round of 16 3–4 Barcelona 2–1 at Emirates Stadium, 1–3 at Camp Nou
Chelsea Quarter-finals 1–3 Manchester United 0–1 at Stamford Bridge, 1–2 at Old Trafford
Tottenham Hotspur 0–5 Real Madrid 0–4 at Santiago Bernabéu, 0–1 at White Hart Lane
Manchester United Final 1–3 Barcelona Wembley Stadium
2011–12 Manchester City 3rd in group stage UEFA Bayern Munich, Napoli, Villarreal
Manchester United Benfica, Basel, Oțelul Galați
Arsenal Round of 16 3–4 A.C. Milan 0–4 at San Siro, 3–0 at Emirates Stadium
Chelsea Winners 1–1 (4–3p) Bayern Munich Allianz Arena
2012–13 Manchester City 4th in group stage N/A Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Ajax
Chelsea 3rd in group stage UEFA Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk, Nordsjælland
Manchester United Round of 16 2–3 Real Madrid 1–1 at Santiago Bernabéu, 1–2 at Old Trafford
Arsenal 3–3 (a) Bayern Munich 1–3 at Emirates Stadium, 0–2 at Allianz Arena
2013–14 Arsenal Round of 16 1–3 Bayern Munich 0–2 at Emirates Stadium, 1–1 at Allianz Arena
Manchester City 1–4 Barcelona 0–2 at Etihad Stadium, 1–2 at Camp Nou
Manchester United Quarter-finals 2–4 Bayern Munich 1–1 at Old Trafford, 1–3 at Allianz Arena
Chelsea Semi-finals 1–3 Atlético Madrid 0–0 at Vicente Calderón, 1–3 at Stamford Bridge
2014–15 Liverpool 3rd in group stage UEFA Real Madrid, Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad
Manchester City Round of 16 1–3 Barcelona 1–2 at Etihad Stadium, 0–1 at Camp Nou
Arsenal 3–3 (a) Monaco 1–3 at Emirates Stadium, 2–0 at Stade Louis II
Chelsea 3–3 (a, aet) Paris Saint-Germain 1–1 at Parc des Princes, 2–2 at Stamford Bridge
2015–16 Manchester United 3rd in group stage UEFA VfL Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow
Arsenal Round of 16 1–5 Barcelona 0–2 at Emirates Stadium, 1–3 at Camp Nou
Chelsea 2–4 Paris Saint-Germain 1–2 at Parc des Princes, 1–2 at Stamford Bridge
Manchester City Semi-finals 0–1 Real Madrid 0–0 at Etihad Stadium, 0–1 at Santiago Bernabéu
2016–17 Tottenham Hotspur 3rd in group stage UEFA Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow
Arsenal Round of 16 2–10 Bayern Munich 1–5 at Allianz Arena, 1–5 at Emirates Stadium
Manchester City 6–6 (a) Monaco 5–3 at Etihad Stadium, 1–3 at Stade Louis II
Leicester City Quarter-finals 1–2 Atlético Madrid 0–1 at Vicente Calderón, 1–1 at King Power Stadium
2017–18 Chelsea Round of 16 1–4 Barcelona 1–1 at Stamford Bridge, 0–3 at Camp Nou
Manchester United 1–2 Sevilla 0–0 at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, 1–2 at Old Trafford
Tottenham Hotspur 3–4 Juventus 2–2 at Juventus Stadium, 1–2 at Wembley Stadium
Manchester City Quarter-finals 1–5 Liverpool 0–3 at Anfield, 1–2 at Etihad Stadium
Liverpool Final 1–3 Real Madrid NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium
2018–19 Manchester United Quarter-finals 0–4 Barcelona 0–1 at Old Trafford, 0–3 at Camp Nou
Manchester City 4–4 (a) Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 4–3 at Etihad Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Final 0–2 Liverpool Wanda Metropolitano
Liverpool Winners 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur

Note: UEFA denotes qualified for the UEFA Cup/Europa League.

  1. The Heysel ban for English clubs was lifted for 1990–91, apart from for Liverpool who served an additional year.

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League

English teams have won the competition 13 times and reached the final on 11 other occasions.

Year Team Progress Score Opponents Venue(s)
1955–58 Birmingham City Semi-finals 1–2 (Playoff) Barcelona Nuevo Estadio
London XI Final 2–8 2–2 at Stamford Bridge, 0–6 at Nuevo Estadio
1958–60 Chelsea Quarter-finals 2–4 Belgrade XI 1–0 at Stamford Bridge, 1–4 at Belgrade
Birmingham City Final 1–4 Barcelona 0–0 at St Andrew's, 1–4 at Camp Nou
1960–61 Birmingham City Final 2–4 Roma 2–2 at St Andrew's, 0–2 at Stadio Olimpico
1961–62 Nottingham Forest First round 1–7 Valencia 0–2 at Mestalla Stadium, 1–5 at City Ground
Birmingham City Second round 3–5 Espanyol 2–5 at Estadi de Sarrià, 1–0 at St Andrew's
Sheffield Wednesday Quarter-finals 3–4 Barcelona 3–2 at Hillsborough Stadium, 0–2 at Camp Nou
1962–63 Everton First round 1–2 Dunfermline Athletic 1–0 at Goodison Park, 0–2 at East End Park
1963–64 Arsenal Second round 2–4 RFC Liège 1–1 at Highbury, 1–3 at Liège
Sheffield Wednesday 3–5 1. FC Köln 2–3 at Müngersdorfer Stadion, 1–2 at Hillsborough Stadium
1964–65 Everton Third round 2–3 Manchester United 1–1 at Old Trafford, 1–2 at Goodison Park
Manchester United Semi-finals 1–2 (play-off) Ferencváros Stadion Albert Flórián
1965–66 Everton Second round 2–4 Újpesti Dozsa 0–3 at Szusza Ferenc Stadium, 2–1 at Goodison Park
Chelsea Semi-finals 0–5 (play-off) Barcelona Camp Nou
Leeds United 1–3 (play-off) Real Zaragoza Elland Road
1966–67 West Bromwich Albion Third round 1–6 Bologna 0–3 at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, 1–3 at The Hawthorns
Burnley Quarter-finals 2–3 Eintracht Frankfurt 1–1 at Waldstadion, 1–2 at Turf Moor
Leeds United Final 0–2 Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 at Maksimir Stadium, 0–0 at Elland Road
1967–68 Nottingham Forest Second round 2–2 (a) Zürich 2–1 at City Ground, 0–1 at Letzigrund
Liverpool Third round 0–2 Ferencváros 0–1 at Stadion Albert Flórián, 0–1 at Anfield
Leeds United Winners 1–0 1–0 at Elland Road, 0–0 at Népstadion
1968–69 Liverpool First round 3–3 (coin toss) Athletic Bilbao 1–2 at San Mamés Stadium, 2–1 at Anfield
Chelsea Second round 0–0 (coin toss) DWS 0–0 at Stamford Bridge, 0–0 at Spieringhorn
Leeds United 0–3 Újpesti Dozsa 0–1 at Elland Road, 0–2 at Szusza Ferenc Stadium
Newcastle United Winners 6–2 3–0 at St James' Park, 3–2 at Szusza Ferenc Stadium
1969–70 Liverpool Second round 3–3 (a) Vitória de Setúbal 0–1 at Estádio do Bonfim, 3–2 at Anfield
Southampton Third round 1–1 (a) Newcastle United 0–0 at St James' Park, 1–1 at The Dell
Newcastle United Quarter-finals 3–3 (a) Anderlecht 0–2 at Parc Astrid, 3–1 at St James' Park
Arsenal Winners 4–3 1–3 at Parc Astrid, 3–0 at Highbury
1970–71 Coventry City Second round 3–7 Bayern Munich 1–6 at Grünwalder Stadion, 2–1 at Highfield Road
Newcastle United 2–2 (2–5p) Pécsi Dózsa 2–0 at St James' Park, 0–2 at Stadion PMFC
Arsenal Quarter-finals 2–2 (a) 1. FC Köln 2–1 at Highbury, 0–1 at Müngersdorfer Stadion
Liverpool Semi-finals 0–1 Leeds United 0–1 at Anfield, 0–0 at Elland Road
Leeds United Winners 3–3 (a) Juventus 2–2 at Stadio Comunale di Torino, 1–1 at Elland Road
1971–72 Southampton First round 2–3 Athletic Bilbao 2–1 at The Dell, 0–2 at San Mamés Stadium
Leeds United 2–4 Lierse 2–0 at Lierse, 0–4 at Elland Road
Wolverhampton Wanderers Final 2–3 Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 at Molineux, 1–1 at White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur Winners 3–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 at Molineux, 1–1 at White Hart Lane
1972–73 Manchester City First round 3–4 Valencia 2–2 at Maine Road, 1–2 at Mestalla Stadium
Stoke City 3–5 1. FC Kaiserslautern 3–1 at Victoria Ground, 0–4 at Fritz-Walter-Stadion
Tottenham Hotspur Semi-finals 2–2 (a) Liverpool 0–1 at Anfield, 2–1 at White Hart Lane
Liverpool Winners 3–2 Borussia Mönchengladbach 3–0 at Anfield, 0–2 at Bökelbergstadion
1973–74 Wolverhampton Wanderers Second round 4–4 (a) Lokomotive Leipzig 0–3 at Bruno-Plache-Stadion, 4–1 at Molineux
Leeds United Third round 2–3 Vitória de Setúbal 1–0 at Elland Road, 1–3 at Estádio do Bonfim
Ipswich Town Quarter-finals 1–1 (3–4p) Lokomotive Leipzig 1–0 at Portman Road, 0–1 at Bruno-Plache-Stadion
Tottenham Hotspur Final 2–4 Feyenoord 2–2 at White Hart Lane, 0–2 at De Kuip
1974–75 Ipswich Town First round 3–3 (a) Twente 2–2 at Portman Road, 1–1 at Diekman Stadion
Stoke City 1–1 (a) Ajax 1–1 at Victoria Ground, 0–0 at De Meer Stadion
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–5 Porto 1–4 at Estádio das Antas, 3–1 at Molineux
Derby County Third round 4–5 Velež Mostar 3–1 at Baseball Ground, 1–4 at Bijeli Brijeg Stadium
1975–76 Aston Villa First round 1–5 Royal Antwerp 1–4 at Bosuilstadion, 0–1 at Villa Park
Everton 0–1 A.C. Milan 0–0 at Goodison Park, 0–1 at San Siro
Ipswich Town 3–4 Club Brugge 3–0 at Portman Road, 0–4 at Olympiastadion
Liverpool Winners 4–3 3–2 at Anfield, 1–1 at Olympiastadion
1976–77 Manchester City First round 1–2 Juventus 1–0 at City Ground, 0–2 at Stadio Comunale di Torino
Derby County Second round 2–5 AEK Athens 0–2 at Nikos Goumas Stadium, 2–3 at Baseball Ground
Manchester United 1–3 Juventus 1–0 at Old Trafford, 0–3 at Stadio Comunale di Torino
Queen's Park Rangers Quarter-finals 3–3 (6–7p) AEK Athens 3–0 at Loftus Road, 0–3 at Nikos Goumas Stadium
1977–78 Manchester City First round 2–2 (a) Widzew Łódź 2–2 at Maine Road, 0–0 at Stadion Widzewa
Newcastle United Second round 2–5 (a) Bastia 1–2 at Stade Armand Cesari, 1–3 at St James' Park
Ipswich Town Third round 3–3 (1–3p) Barcelona 3–0 at Portman Road, 0–3 at Camp Nou
Aston Villa Quarter-finals 3–4 2–2 at Villa Park, 1–2 at Camp Nou
1978–79 Everton Second round 2–2 (a) Dukla Prague 2–1 at Goodison Park, 0–1 at Stadion Juliska
Arsenal Third round 1–2 Red Star Belgrade 0–1 at Red Star Stadium, 1–1 at Highbury
West Bromwich Albion Quarter-finals 1–2 0–1 at Red Star Stadium, 1–1 at The Hawthorns
Manchester City 2–4 Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–1 at Maine Road, 1–3 at Bökelbergstadion
1979–80 West Bromwich Albion First round 1–4 Carl Zeiss Jena 0–2 at Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld, 1–2 at The Hawthorns
Everton 0–2 Feyenoord 0–1 at Feyenoord Stadion, 0–1 at Goodison Park
Leeds United Second round 0–4 Universitatea Craiova 0–2 at Stadionul Central, 0–2 at Elland Road
Ipswich Town 1–1 (a) Grasshopper 0–0 at Hardturm, 1–1 at Portman Road
1980–81 Wolverhampton Wanderers First round 2–3 PSV Eindhoven 1–3 at Philips Stadion, 1–0 at Molineux
Manchester United 1–1 (a) Widzew Łódź 1–1 at Old Trafford, 0–0 at Stadion Widzewa
Ipswich Town Winners 5–4 AZ 3–0 at Portman Road, 2–4 at Olympic Stadium
1981–82 West Bromwich Albion First round 1–4 Grasshopper 0–1 at Hardturm, 1–3 at The Hawthorns
Ipswich Town 2–4 Aberdeen 1–1 at Portman Road, 1–3 at Pittodrie Stadium
Southampton Second round 2–4 Sporting CP 2–4 at The Dell, 0–0 at Estádio José Alvalade
Arsenal 2–2 (a) SV Winterslag 0–1 at Genk, 2–1 at Highbury
1982–83 Arsenal First round 4–8 Spartak Moscow 2–3 at Luzhniki Stadium, 2–5 at Highbury
Manchester United 1–2 Valencia 0–0 at Old Trafford, 1–2 at Mestalla Stadium
Ipswich Town 3–4 Roma 0–3 at Stadio Olimpico, 3–1 at Portman Road
Southampton 2–2 (a) IFK Norrköping 2–2 at The Dell, 0–0 at Idrottsparken
1983–84 Aston Villa Second round 3–4 Spartak Moscow 2–2 at Luzhniki Stadium, 1–2 at Villa Park
Watford Third round 2–7 Sparta Prague 2–3 at Vicarage Road, 0–4 at Letná Stadium
Nottingham Forest Semi-finals 2–3 Anderlecht 2–0 at City Ground, 0–3 at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Winners 2–2 (4–3p) 1–1 at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, 1–1 at White Hart Lane
1984–85 Nottingham Forest First round 0–1 Club Brugge 0–0 at City Ground, 0–1 at Olympiastadion
Southampton 0–2 Hamburger SV 0–0 at The Dell, 0–1 at Volksparkstadion
Queen's Park Rangers Second round 6–6 (a) Partizan 6–2 at Loftus Road, 0–4 at Partizan Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Quarter-finals 0–1 Real Madrid 0–1 at White Hart Lane, 0–0 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Manchester United 1–1 (4–5p) Videoton 1–0 at Old Trafford, 0–1 at Stadion Sostoi
1985–86 Banned (Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Norwich City)
1986–87 Banned (West Ham United, Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday, Oxford United)
1987–88 Banned (Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Norwich City)
1988–89 Banned (Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Everton, Luton Town)
1989–90 Banned (Nottingham Forest, Norwich City, Derby County, Tottenham Hotspur)
1990–91[lower-alpha 1] Aston Villa Second round 2–3 Inter Milan 2–0 at Villa Park, 0–3 at San Siro
1991–92[lower-alpha 2] Liverpool Quarter-finals 1–4 Genoa 0–2 at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, 1–2 at Anfield
1992–93[lower-alpha 3] Manchester United First round 0–0 (3–4p) Torpedo Moscow 0–0 at Old Trafford, 0–0 at Luzhniki Stadium
Sheffield Wednesday Second round 3–5 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1–3 at Fritz Walter Stadion, 2–2 at Hillsborough Stadium
1993–94 [lower-alpha 4] Aston Villa 1–2 Deportivo La Coruña 1–1 at Estadio Riazor, 0–1 at Villa Park
Norwich City Third round 0–2 Inter Milan 0–1 at Carrow Road, 0–1 at San Siro
1994–95[lower-alpha 5] Blackburn Rovers First round 2–3 Trelleborgs FF 0–1 at Ewood Park, 2–2 at Vångavallen
Newcastle United Second round 3–3 (a) Athletic Bilbao 3-2 at St James' Park, 0-1 at San Mamés Stadium
Aston Villa 2–2 (a) Trabzonspor 0–1 at Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium, 2–1 at Villa Park
1995–96 Manchester United First round 2–2 (a) Rotor Volgograd 0–0 at Rotor Stadium, 2–2 at Old Trafford
Liverpool Second round 0–1 Brøndby 0–0 at Brøndby Stadium, 0–1 at Anfield
Leeds United 3–8 PSV Eindhoven 3–5 at Elland Road, 0–3 at Philips Stadion
Nottingham Forest Quarter-finals 2–7 Bayern Munich 1–2 at Olympic Stadium, 1–5 at City Ground
1996–97 Arsenal First round 4–6 Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–3 at Highbury, 2–3 at Müngersdorfer Stadion
Aston Villa 1–1 (a) Helsingborgs IF 1–1 at Villa Park, 0–0 at Olympia
Newcastle United Quarter-finals 0–4 Monaco 0–1 at St James' Park, 0–3 at Stade Louis II
1997–98 Arsenal First round 1–2 PAOK 0–1 at Toumba Stadium, 1–1 at Highbury
Leicester City 1–4 Atlético Madrid 1–2 at Vicente Calderón Stadium, 0–2 at Old Trafford
Liverpool Second round 2–3 Strasbourg 0–3 at Stade de la Meinau, 2–0 at Anfield
Aston Villa Quarter finals 2–2 (a) Atlético Madrid 0–1 at Vicente Calderón Stadium, 2–1 at Villa Park
1998–99 Blackburn Rovers First round 2–3 Lyon 0–1 at Ewood Park, 2–2 at Stade de Gerland
Leeds United Second round 0–1 Roma 0–1 at Stadio Olimpico, 0–0 at Elland Road
Aston Villa 2–3 Celta Vigo 1–0 at Villa Park, 1–3 at Balaídos
Liverpool Third round 2–3 1–3 at Balaídos, 1–0 at Anfield
1999–2000 West Ham United Second round 0–2 Steaua București 0–2 at Stadionul Steaua, 0–0 at Boleyn Ground
Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1–0 at White Hart Lane, 0–2 at Fritz Walter Stadion
Newcastle United Third round 0–1 Roma 0–1 at Stadio Olimpico, 0–0 at St James' Park
Leeds United Semi-finals 2–4 Galatasaray 0–2 at Ali Sami Yen Stadium, 2–2 at Elland Road
Arsenal Final 0–0 (1–4p) Parken Stadium
2000–01 Leicester City First round 2–4 Red Star Belgrade 1–1 at Filbert Street, 1–3 at Wien
Chelsea Quarter-finals 1–2 St. Gallen 1–0 at Stamford Bridge, 0–2 at Espenmoos
Liverpool Winners 5–4 (asdet) Alavés Westfalenstadion
2001–02 Aston Villa First round 3–3 (a) Varteks Varazdin 2–3 at Villa Park, 1–0 at Stadion Varteks
Chelsea Second round 1–3 Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–2 at Bloomfield Stadium, 1–1 at Stamford Bridge
Ipswich Town Third round 2–4 Internazionale 1–0 at Portman Road, 1–4 at San Siro
Leeds United Fourth round 0–1 PSV Eindhoven 0–0 at Philips Stadion, 0–1 at Elland Road
2002–03 Chelsea First round 4–5 Viking 2–1 at Stamford Bridge, 2–4 at Stavanger Stadion
Ipswich Town Second round 1–1 (2–4p) Slovan Liberec 1–0 at Portman Road, 0–1 at U Nisy Stadium
Blackburn Rovers 0–3 Celtic 0–1 at Celtic Park, 0–2 at Ewood Park
Leeds United Third round 1–2 Málaga 0–0 at La Rosaleda Stadium, 1–2 at Elland Road
Fulham 1–2 Hertha BSC 1–2 at Olympic Stadium, 0–0 at Craven Cottage
Liverpool Quarter-finals 1–3 Celtic 1–1 at Celtic Park, 0–2 at Anfield
2003–04 Blackburn Rovers First round 2–4 Gençlerbirliği 1–3 at Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium, 1–1 at Ewood Park
Southampton 1–2 Steaua București 1–1 at St Mary's Stadium, 0–1 at Stadionul Steaua
Manchester City Second round 1–1 (a) Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski 1–1 at City of Manchester Stadium, 0–0 at Stadion Dyskobolia
Liverpool Fourth round 2–3 Marseille 1–1 at Anfield, 1–2 at Stade Vélodrome
Newcastle United Semi-finals 0–2 0–0 at St James' Park, 0–2 at Stade Vélodrome
2004–05 Millwall First round 2–4 Ferencváros 1–1 at The Old Den, 1–3 at Stadion Albert Flórián
Middlesbrough Intermediate round 2–4 Sporting CP 2–3 at Riverside Stadium, 0–1 at Estádio José Alvalade
Newcastle United Quarter-finals 2–4 1–0 at St James' Park, 1–4 at Estádio José Alvalade
2005–06 Everton First round 2–5 Dinamo București 1–5 at Stadionul Dinamo, 1–0 at Goodison Park
Bolton Wanderers Intermediate round 1–2 Marseille 0–0 at Reebok Stadium, 1–2 at Stade Vélodrome
Middlesbrough Final 0–4 Sevilla Philips Stadion
2006–07 West Ham United First round 0–4 Palermo 0–1 at Boleyn Ground, 0–3 at Stadio Renzo Barbera
Blackburn Rovers Intermediate round 2–3 Bayer Leverkusen 2–3 at BayArena, 0–0 at Ewood Park
Newcastle United Round of 16 4–4 (a) AZ 4–2 at St James' Park, 0–2 at DSB Stadion
Tottenham Hotspur Quarter-finals 3–4 Sevilla 1–2 at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, 2–2 at White Hart Lane
2007–08 Blackburn Rovers First round 2–3 AEL Larissa 0–2 at Alcazar Stadium, 2–1 at Ewood Park
Everton Round of 16 2–2 (2–4p) Fiorentina 0–2 at Stadio Artemio Franchi, 2–0 at Goodison Park
Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Sporting CP 1–1 at Reebok Stadium, 0–1 at Estádio José Alvalade
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 (5–6p) PSV Eindhoven 0–1 at White Hart Lane, 1–0 at Philips Stadion
2008–09 Everton First round 3–4 Standard Liège 2–2 at Goodison Park, 1–2 at Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Portsmouth 4thin group stage N/A VfL Wolfsburg, A.C. Milan, Braga, Heerenveen
Aston Villa Intermediate round 1–3 CSKA Moscow 1–1 at Villa Park, 0–2 at Luzhniki Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2 at Donbass Arena, 1–1 at White Hart Lane
Manchester City Quarter-finals 3–4 Hamburger SV 1–3 at HSH Nordbank Arena, 2–1 at City of Manchester Stadium
2009–10 Aston Villa Play-off round 2–2 (a) Rapid Wien 0–1 at Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, 2–1 at Villa Park
Everton Round of 32 2–4 Sporting CP 2–1 at Goodison Park, 0–3 at Estádio José Alvalade
Liverpool Semi-finals 2–2 (a) Atlético Madrid 0–1 at Vicente Calderón Stadium, 2–1 (aet) at Anfield
Fulham Final 2–1 (aet) HSH Nordbank Arena
2010–11 Aston Villa Play-off round 3–4 Rapid Wien 1–1 at Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, 2–3 at Villa Park
Liverpool Round of 16 0–1 Braga 0–1 at Estádio Municipal de Braga, 0–0 at Anfield
Manchester City 1–2 Dynamo Kyiv 0–2 at Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, 1–0 at City of Manchester Stadium
2011–12 Tottenham Hotspur 3rd in group stage N/A PAOK, Rubin Kazan, Shamrock Rovers
Birmingham City Club Brugge, Braga, Maribor
Fulham Twente, Wisła Kraków, Odense
Stoke City Round of 32 0–2 Valencia 0–1 at Britannia Stadium, 0–1 at Mestalla
Manchester United Round of 16 3–5 Athletic Bilbao 2–3 at Old Trafford, 1–2 at San Mamés
Manchester City 3–3 (a) Sporting CP 0–1 at Estádio José Alvalade, 3–2 at City of Manchester Stadium
2012–13 Liverpool Round of 32 3–3 (a) Zenit Saint Petersburg 0–2 at Petrovsky Stadium, 3–1 at Anfield
Newcastle United Quarter-finals 2–4 Benfica 1–3 at Estádio da Luz, 1–1 at St James' Park
Tottenham Hotspur 4–4 (1–4p) Basel 2–2 at White Hart Lane, 2–2 at St. Jakob-Park
Chelsea Winners 2–1 Benfica Amsterdam Arena
2013–14 Wigan Athletic 4th in group stage N/A Rubin Kazan, Maribor, Zulte Waregem
Swansea City Round of 32 1–3 Napoli 0–0 at Liberty Stadium, 1–3 at Stadio San Paolo
Tottenham Hotspur Round of 16 3–5 Benfica 1–3 at White Hart Lane, 2–2 at Estádio da Luz
2014–15 Hull City Play-off round 2–2 (a) Lokeren 0–1 at Daknamstadion, 2–1 at KC Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Round of 32 1–3 Fiorentina 1–1 White Hart Lane, 0–2 at Stadio Artemio Franchi
Liverpool 1–1 (4–5p) Beşiktaş 1–0 at Anfield, 0–1 at Atatürk Olympic Stadium
Everton Round of 16 4–6 Dynamo Kyiv 2–1 at Goodison Park, 2–5 at Olympic Stadium
2015–16 West Ham United Third qualifying round 3–4 Astra Giurgiu 2–2 at Boleyn Ground, 1–2 at Stadionul Marin Anastasovici
Southampton Play-off round 1–2 Midtjylland 1–1 at St Mary's Stadium, 0–1 at MCH Arena
Tottenham Hotspur Round of 16 1–5 Borussia Dortmund 0–3 at Signal Iduna Park, 1–2 at White Hart Lane
Manchester United 1–3 Liverpool 0–2 at Anfield, 1–1 at Old Trafford
Liverpool Final 1–3 Sevilla St. Jakob-Park
2016–17 West Ham United Play-off round 1–2 Astra Giurgiu 1–1 at Stadionul Marin Anastasovici, 0–1 at Olympic Stadium
Southampton 3rd in group stage N/A Sparta Prague, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Internazionale
Tottenham Hotspur Round of 32 2–3 Gent 0–1 at Ghelamco Arena, 2–2 at Wembley Stadium
Manchester United Winners 2–0 Ajax Friends Arena
2017–18 Everton 3rd in group stage N/A Atalanta, Lyon, Apollon Limassol
Arsenal Semi-finals 1–2 Atlético Madrid 1–1 at Emirates Stadium, 0–1 at Wanda Metropolitano
2018–19 Burnley Play-off round 2–4 Olympiacos 1–3 at Karaiskakis Stadium, 1–1 at Turf Moor
Arsenal Final 1–4 Chelsea Baku Olympic Stadium
Chelsea Winners 4–1 Arsenal
  1. England had no coefficient points as a result of the Heysel ban, so only one club was granted entry. Under normal circumstances, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Nottingham Forest would also have entered.
  2. England had only one year of coefficient points as a result of the Heysel ban, so only one club was granted entry. Under normal circumstances, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, and Sheffield Wednesday would also have entered.
  3. England had only two years of coefficient points as a result of the Heysel ban, so only two clubs were granted entry. Under normal circumstances, Arsenal and Manchester City F.C. would also have entered.
  4. England had only three years of coefficient points as a result of the Heysel ban, so only two clubs were granted entry. Under normal circumstances, Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers F.C. would also have entered.
  5. England had only four years of coefficient points as a result of the Heysel ban, so only three clubs were granted entry. Under normal circumstances, Leeds United would also have entered.

UEFA Intertoto Cup

Year Team Progress Score Opponents Venue(s)
1995 Sheffield Wednesday 2nd in group stage N/A Karlsruher SC, Basel, AGF, Górnik Zabrze
Tottenham Hotspur 4th in group stage N/A 1. FC Köln, Luzern, Östers IF, Rudar Velenje
Wimbledon Bursaspor, Košice, Charleroi, Beitar Jerusalem
1996 No entrants
1997
1998 Crystal Palace Third round 0–4 Samsunspor 0–2 at Selhurst Park, 0–2 at Samsun 19 Mayıs Stadium
1999 West Ham United Winners 3–2 Metz 0–1 at Boleyn Ground, 3–1 at Stade Saint-Symphorien
2000 Bradford City Fourth round 0–4 Zenit Saint Petersburg 0–1 at Petrovsky Stadium, 0–3 at Valley Parade
Aston Villa Fourth round 1–3 Celta Vigo 0–1 at Balaídos, 1–2 at Villa Park
2001 Newcastle United Final 4–4 (a) Troyes 0–0 at Stade de l'Aube, 4–4 at St James' Park
Aston Villa Winners 5–2 Basel 1–1 at St. Jakob-Park, 4–1 at Villa Park
2002 Fourth round 1–3 Lille 1–1 at Stade Grimonprez-Jooris, 0–2 at Villa Park
Fulham Winners 5–3 Bologna 2–2 at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, 3–1 at Craven Cottage
2003 No entrants
2004
2005 Newcastle United Fourth round 2–4 Deportivo La Coruña 1–2 at Estadio Riazor, 1–2 at St James' Park
2006 Winners 4–1 Lillestrøm 1–1 at St James' Park, 3–0 at Åråsen Stadion
2007 Blackburn Rovers Won in third round 6–0 Vėtra 2–0 at Vėtra Stadium, 4–0 at Ewood Park
2008 Aston Villa Won in third round 3–2 Odense 2–2 at Fionia Park, 1–0 at Villa Park

Premier League international performance

Between the 1992–93 and 2012–13 seasons, Premier League clubs had won the UEFA Champions League four times (as well as supplying five of the runners-up), behind Spain's La Liga with six wins, and Italy's Serie A with five wins, and ahead of, among others, Germany's Bundesliga with three wins (see table here). The FIFA Club World Cup (or the FIFA Club World Championship, as it was originally called) has been won by Premier league clubs once (Manchester United in 2008),[8] and they have also been runners-up twice,[9][10] behind Brazil's Série A with four wins,[9][10][11][12] and Spain's La Liga[13][14] and Italy's Serie A[15][16] with two wins each (see table here).

Note that some Premier League clubs are not based in England. Because they are members of the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the question of which country clubs like Cardiff City and Swansea City should represent in European competitions has caused long-running discussions in UEFA. Despite being a member of the FAW, Swansea took up one of England's three available places in the UEFA Europa League in 2013–14, thanks to winning the League Cup in 2012–13. The right of Welsh clubs to take up such English places was in doubt until UEFA clarified the matter in March 2012.[17]

European Cup and UEFA Champions League

Note: The European Cup began in 1955–56 (abbreviated here to 1956) and was renamed the UEFA Champions League in 1992–93 (abbreviated here to 1993). The Premier League also began in 1992–93, so teams from the Premier League were playing in Europe in that season (abbreviated here to 1993), even though they had actually qualified for Europe through the old English First Division the previous season.

English finalists of European Cup and UEFA Champions League

This table combines the English totals before and during the Premier League era. It shows that Liverpool lead, with six wins. Manchester United won the unofficial club world championship, the Intercontinental Cup, in 1999, and the official FIFA Club World Cup in 2008.[8]

Performance by clubs
Club Winners Runners-Up Years won Years runners-up
Liverpool631977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019 1985, 2007, 2018
Manchester United321968, 1999, 20082009, 2011
Nottingham Forest201979, 1980
Chelsea1120122008
Aston Villa101982
Leeds United011975
Arsenal012006
Tottenham Hotspur012019

Premier League rise to European dominance and subsequent decline

For details, see entries for the 1992-93 season (abbreviated here as 1993) and subsequent seasons in this table.

Premier League teams gradually improved their performance in the Champions League until a peak centred on the 2008 season, followed by a significant decline thereafter. They had no semi-finalists for the first four seasons (1993 to 1996). They then had four semi-finalists (Manchester United in 1997, 1999, and 2002, and Leeds United in 2001) over the next seven seasons (1997 to 2003), one of whom went on to become champions (Manchester United in 1999). They then had four semi-finalists (Chelsea in 2004 and 2005, Liverpool in 2005, and Arsenal in 2006) in the next three seasons (2004 to 2006), with Arsenal going on to be runners-up in 2006 and Liverpool winning in 2005.

They then peaked with nine semi-finalists (Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool in both 2007 and 2008, and Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in 2009) in the next three seasons (2007 to 2009), with Liverpool (2007), Chelsea (2008), and Manchester United (2009) going on to be runners-up, and Manchester United going on to win an all-English final against Chelsea in 2008, a year in which none of the four English teams were eliminated by anybody except another English team. Around this time, then-UEFA president Michel Platini began to make statements which resulted in a widespread perception that he was anti-English,[18] which some attributed to his alleged fear of English domination in European club competition.[19][20]

However, this dominance did not produce a corresponding number of titles. At its most dominant, from 2007 to 2009, the Premier League had 75% (9 out of 12) of the semi-finalists, 67% (4 out of 6) of the finalists, 100% (3 out of 3) of the runners-up, but only 33% (1 out of 3) of the winners (Manchester United in 2008), with the other two titles going to Milan in 2007 and Barcelona in 2009. And English dominance did not last, with the Premier League managing only two semi-finalists (Manchester United in 2011, and Chelsea in 2012) over the next four seasons (2010 to 2013), although Manchester United went on to be runners-up in 2011, and Chelsea won in 2012. In 2013, no Premier League side reached the last eight for the first time since 1996 (in a time when England were only entitled to one Champions League place compared to 2013's four), only two (Manchester United and Arsenal) made it to the last 16, and Chelsea became the first defending champions to fail to make it past the group stage of the Champions League,[21] although by finishing third in their group they did manage to qualify for the UEFA Europa League, which they went on to win.

At that time, it was noted that if the decline continued for long enough, it could in theory eventually deprive the Premier League of its entitlement to have four teams in the Champions League each year, which it has had since 2005, but the coefficient tables gave little cause for concern from an English perspective, as all England's relevant coefficients were ahead of fourth-placed Italy's, and this did not change until 2018, when the quotas were adjusted by UEFA to guarantee four Champions League places to each of the top four nations, with those clubs going into the Group stage directly rather than having to navigate qualifying rounds.[22]

The downward trend was reversed in 2018–19, when all four Premier League entrants (including Liverpool, who had reached the 2018 final) progressed to the quarter-finals. Despite the general decline in the levels of success from what English clubs had enjoyed a decade earlier, and the consistent high levels for other nations, particularly Spain, England remains the only nation to have four of the last eight participants in the competition, with 2018–19 joining 2007–08 and 2008–09 in that regard (Liverpool and Manchester United were involved in all three campaigns).[23] In addition, English sides sealed all of the final places in both UEFA competitions in that season.

FIFA Club World Cup

The FIFA Club World Cup (or the FIFA Club World Championship, as it was originally called) has been won by Premier league clubs once (Manchester United in 2008),[8] and they have also been runners-up twice,[9][10] behind Spain's La Liga[13][14] with seven wins, Brazil's Série A with four wins,[9][10][11][12] and Italy's Serie A[15][16] with two wins.

Premier League Club World Cup finalists

Manchester United lead this table, having defeated LDU Quito of Ecuador 1–0 in Yokohama, Japan, in 2008. Liverpool lost to São Paulo of Brazil 1–0 in the same stadium in 2005. Chelsea lost to Corinthians of Brazil 1–0 in the same stadium in 2012. Manchester United also took part in the first FIFA Club World Championship in 2000, but were eliminated at the group stage after finishing third in their group.[24][25]

Performance by club
Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runners-up
Manchester United 1 0 2008
Liverpool 0 1 2005
Chelsea 0 1 2012

Intercontinental Cup

Before being supplanted by the FIFA Club World Cup, the now defunct Intercontinental Cup served as an de facto annual world club championship contested by the European South American club champions. Manchester United won it in 1999, the only time a Premier League club took part in the cup. This was a marked improvement on the performance of English teams before the Premier League era, when English clubs contested the cup on five occasions (1968, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984), losing each time, and allowing South America to finish with 22 wins, one ahead of Europe's 21 (see table here).

Additionally, English clubs have initially qualified for the Intercontinental Cup but withdrew from participation, namely Liverpool in 1977 and Nottingham Forest in 1979. Both berths were eventually taken by the respective European Cup losing finalists. Liverpool also qualified for the 1978 edition but they and opponents Boca Juniors declined to play each other, making it a no contest.

Premier League clubs in the Intercontinental Cup

Year Country Winner Score Runner-up Country Venue Notes
1999  ENG Manchester United 1–0 Palmeiras  BRA National Stadium, Tokyo

English clubs in the Intercontinental Cup before the Premier League era

Two-legged finals
Year Country Home team Score Away team Country Venue Location Refs
1968  ARG Estudiantes de La Plata 1–0 Manchester United  ENG Estadio Boca Juniors Buenos Aires, Argentina
 ENG Manchester United 1–1 Estudiantes de La Plata  ARG Old Trafford Manchester, England
Estudiantes won 2–1 on aggregate.
Single match finals
Year Country Winner Score Runner-up Country Venue
1980  URU Nacional 1–0 Nottingham Forest  ENG National Stadium, Tokyo
1981  BRA Flamengo 3–0 Liverpool
1982  URU Peñarol 2–0 Aston Villa
1984  ARG Independiente 1–0 Liverpool

Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup combined

In the Premier League era, Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson have a 67% success rate, having participated in 3 (Intercontinental Cup in 1999, FIFA Club World Cups in 2000[24][25] and 2008[8]), and won 2 (Intercontinental Cup 1999, FIFA Club World Cup 2008[8]).

This 67% success rate compares favourably with the all-time European average of 53.6% success - having participated in 57, and won 31 (having won 21 out of 43 Intercontinental Cups - see table here, and 10 out of 14 FIFA Club World Cups - see table here). It also compares favourably with the European average in the Premier League era (1993 onwards) of 69.2% success - having participated in 26 (12 Intercontinental Cups from 1993 to 2004 - full details here, 14 FIFA Club World Cups - full details here), and won 18 (8 Intercontinental Cups in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 10 FIFA Club World Cups in 2007,[15] 2008,[8] 2009,[13] 2010,[16] 2011,[14] 2013[26]). 2014[27]). 2015[28]). 2016,[29] 2017).

In marked contrast, all other English clubs, including Manchester United in 1968 (before the Premier League and Alex Ferguson eras) have a record of 0% success - participating in 7, winning none, losing 5 Intercontinental Cups before the Premier League era (Manchester United in 1968, Nottingham Forest in 1980, Liverpool in 1981, Aston Villa in 1982, Liverpool in 1984), and losing two FIFA Club World Cups in the Premier League era (Liverpool in 2005,[9] Chelsea in 2012[10]).

The above data means that when one includes Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, English clubs have success rates of 40% (2 out of 5) in the Premier League era, 0% (0 out of 5) before the Premier League era, and 20% (2 out of 10) overall.

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