Europe has always been the home of the greats in the sport of football and the UEFA Champions League is where the world’s best players collide. It is a spectacular event in this beautiful sport that is looked forward to by many passionate fans across the world. Jaw-dropping sport matches such as the incredible 2005 Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan have forever been etched in the hearts of fans of this beautiful game. Clubs like Real Madrid and Liverpool have made history by clinching this trophy several times. However, there are a few great European clubs with their own illustrious past to have never won this glorious trophy till date, that is, till May 2020.
- FC Schalke 04
One of Germany’s most successful clubs, FC Schalke 04 is a habitual winner. However, even with several accolades to its credit including top domestic honors, the club has failed to claim Europe’s top crown. Schalke’s best finish came in the 2010-11 season when it reached the semi-finals, only to be knocked out by Manchester United.
- Olympique Lyonnais
Olympique Lyonnais is one of the most successful French football clubs in the 21st Century. With many laurels to its name including seven consecutive Ligue 1 championships, the famed UEFA Champions League crown is still missing from its trophy cabinet. Lyon has been a regular presence, but it has never been a finalist in Europe’s most prestigious sporting event. The best finish for the club arrived in 2010, when it famously beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid to advance to the semi-finals. However, it was beaten by eventual finalists, Bayern Munich.
- AS Roma
Despite bagging all of Italy’s highest football honors, AS Roma is yet to claim a Champions League trophy. The closest Roma has come to clinching the trophy was in 1984. AS Roma faced Liverpool in the finals at its home stadium, the historic Stadio Olimpico. However, it lost in a penalty shootout to the exemplary Liverpool side that featured players like Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish.
- Atlético Madrid
One of Spain’s most victorious football clubs, Atlético Madrid has always been a force to be reckoned with in Europe’s premier football event. Even though they have claimed several domestic honors, the Champions League has always been elusive. Atlético Madrid have clinched second place three times in this tournament, with the most infamous defeat coming at the hands of its bitter rival, Real Madrid, in 2014. The Galacticos went on to win their 10th Champions League crown at the expense of Atletico Madrid. It did have a chance to redeem itself in the final of 2016 but lost out again to Real Madrid on penalties.
- Arsenal F.C.
Arguably the biggest name on this list, Arsenal F.C. is one of England’s most decorated clubs. Despite being the third most successful club in the country with 13 Championships, including one unbeaten season to its credit, it hasn’t replicated that form in Europe’s top football event. Its best run came in 2006 when it reached finals and faced off against Barcelona. Despite leading at half time, it lost the tie through clinical second half strikes from Samuel Eto’o and Juliano Belletti.
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