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UEFA Champions League is the best club competition in the world. It might just be the most difficult one as well. Winning it once is considered to be world-breaking. Talk about defending it. Not all the title-winning teams have successfully defended their crown.

Bayern Munich the recent title-holders are kicked out at the quarters this time. So let’s take a look at how all the Champions have performed in the Champions League the following season. We cover the events after the 1993/94 season.

1993/94 – Olympique Marseille (Did not qualify)

Marseille banned from 1993/94 season (Image Courtesy:These Football Times)

The defending champions were not allowed to this edition. After they were found guilty of match-fixing in the French league, they were banned from entering the UCL. It was the first time defending champions didn’t participate in the following season.


1994/95 – AC Milan (Runners-up) – Beaten by Ajax

Milan fell at the final step of defending their title. They lost 1-0 to Ajax who went unbeaten throughout the tournament and lifted the title.

Ajax who beat defending champs (Image Courtesy:Daily Mail)

1995/96Ajax (Runnersup)Beaten by Juventus

Ajax lost to Juventus cruelly on penalties in the final of next season’s edition. After the final was tied 1-1, penalties seperated them and prevented Ajax from defending their crown.

Juve contesting Ajax(Image Courtesy: The Independent)

1996/97 – Juventus (Runners-up) – Beaten by Borussia Dortmund

German powerhouses Dortmund routed Juve 3-1 in the final. For the third season running defending champions fell at the final step.

Dortmund ruining Juve’s defence (Image Courtesy:The Sun)


1997/98Borussia Dortmund (Semifinals) – Beaten by Real Madrid

Eventual champions Real Madrid ended Dortmund’s dream at the semis. They were deserved winners 2-0 over two legs.

Madrid went on to win the cup after beating Dortmund in the semis(Image Courtesy : UEFA TV youtube)

1998/99 – Real Madrid (Quarter-finals) – Beaten by Dynamo Kyiv

It was a shock exit for holders Madrid. Ukrainian fighters Dynamo Kyiv beat them 3-1 ended their title defence.

Andriy Shevchenko inspired Kyiv to a famous win (Image Couretsy : FIFA.com)


1999/2000 – Manchester United (Quarter-finals) – Beaten by Real Madrid

The treble-winning United were knocked out by eventual champions Real Madrid. It was an edgy affair as Madrid won 3-2 second leg after a dull 0-0 in the first leg.

United’s defence ends to Real Madrid (Image Couretsy : UEFA TV Youtube)


2000/01 – Real Madrid (Semi-finals) – Beaten by Bayern Munich

The Bavarians beat Madrid 3-1 in semis to dash their defence.

Giovane Elber celebrating knocking out Madrid(Image Courtesy: Bavarian Football Works)



2001/02 – Bayern Munich (Quarter-finals) – Beaten by Real Madrid

Real Madrid took revenge by knocking them out in quarters. They went on to the lift the cup themselves.

2002/03 – Real Madrid (Semi-finals) – Beaten by Juventus

Los Blancos fell 3-4 to Juventus as their defence of crown disappeared.

Juve literally kicked ou Madrid (Image Courtesy : Managing Madrid)


2003/04 – AC Milan (Quarter-finals) – Beaten by Deportivo La Coruna


The Spanish side produced one of the best quarterfinal performances to dump holders Milan. After losing 4-1 away in the first leg, they outplayed Milan 4-0 in the reverse fixture.

Depotivo tearing Milan apart (Image Courtesy : These Football Times)



2004/05 – Porto (Round of 16) – Beaten by Inter Milan

The dragons fell at the first knock-out fixture of the tournament. Inter beat them 4-2 on aggregate.

Adriano’s hattrick ended Porto’s run (Image Courtesy : Sempre Inter)


2005/06 – Liverpool (Round of 16) – Beaten by Benfica

Benfica shocked Liverpool by beating them 3-0.

Liverpool stand dejected after Luisão’s winner in Lisbon in 2006 (Image Courtesy : UEFA.com)


2006/07 – Barcelona (Round of 16) – Beaten by Liverpool

Champions getting knocked in the ro16 continued for the third season running. Liverpool won 2-2 against Barca on away goals.

Liverpool’s famous win at Camp Nou sent them through(Image Courtesy : This is Anfield)

2007/08 – AC Milan (Round of 16) – Beaten by Arsenal

The tradition continued for one more season as Arsenal sent Milan packing. Gunners comfortably won the tie 2-0.

Arsenal crashed Milan’s title defence (Image Courtesy:Toronto Star)

2008/09 – Manchester United (Runners up) – Beaten by FC Barcelona

The red devils almost defended their crown. They were stopped by a supreme Barcelona team in the final.

A dejected United (Image Courtesy : The Mirror)

2009/10 – Barcelona (Semi-finals) – Beaten by Inter Milan

Barca fell agonizingly short in the semis. Inter edged them 3-2 and showed them the exit doors.

Mourinho on his way to Treble after knocking Barca in semis (Image Courtesy :The Guardian )

2010/11 – Inter Milan (Quarter-finals) – Beaten by Schalke

Schalke blew away holders Inter in the quarters. A sensational 5-2 home win was followed by a 2-1 away win. Inter left the tournament bruised.

2011/12 – Barcelona (Semi-finals) – Beaten by Chelsea

Chelsea on their way to their first crown showed the door to Barca. They came on top in a tight 3-2 win over the champions.

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Fernando Torres scoring a famous goal to take Chelsea past Barcelona (Image Courtesy:Mlive.com)

2012/13 – Chelsea (Group stage) – Knocked out at the group stage

Chelsea created unwanted history by becoming the first champions not to clear the group phase. They were relegated to Europa League after losing out to Juventus and Shaktar Donetsk.

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A disappointing title defence for Chelsea (Image Courtesy : UEFA.com)


2013/14 – Bayern Munich (Semi-finals) – Beaten by Real Madrid

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Real Madrid did the La Decima enroute which they beat the holders Bayern.(Image Courtesy : Managing Madrid)

Real Madrid humbled holder Bayern 5-0 in the semis to set up an all Madrid affair in the final. They ended up winning the title.


2014/15 – Real Madrid (Semi-finals) – Beaten by Juventus

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Juve prevent Clasico final by ending holders Madrid in semis (Image Courtesy: Black White Red all over)

Juventus prevented an El Clasico final by beating Madrid 3-2 on aggregate.

2015/16 – Barcelona (Quarter-finals) – Beaten by Atletico Madrid

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Treble winning Barca were knocked by Atletico (Image Courtesy:Barca Blaugranes)

Barca lost 3-2 to their Spanish foes Atletico. Atleti went on to set up another Madrid derby in the finals.

2016/17 – Real Madrid (Winners)

For the first time in its modern history, Champions League crown has been defended. European kings Real Madrid did it in some style by dispatching Juventus 4-1 in the final.

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Madrid became the first team to retain the CL title (Image Courtesy:Laliga.com)

2017/18Real Madrid (Winners)

It’s them again. Not once but twice. Madrid have again defended their crown by slaying Liverpool 3-1 at the final step. They won the title 3 times in a row.

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Madrid doing the three-peat. They defended the crown twice(Image Courtesy:New York Times)


2018/19 – Real Madrid (Round of 16) – Beaten by Ajax

Madrid finally became mortal as Ajax beat them 5-3. A comeback was needed in the second leg and Ajax did it duly to end the champions’ hopes of defending the crown for the third time.

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Ajax shocked the holders with a famous away win(Image Courtesy: Sky Sports )



2019/20 – Liverpool (Round of 16)Beaten by Atletico Madrid

A Liverpool side high on confidence were gatecrashed by Atletico at Anfield. A famous 3-2 away win sealed the tie 4-2 in Atleti’s favor. The English Champions were knocked out of the Champions League after a hard fought tie, with the 2nd leg even going into extra-time.

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Atleti crashed Liverpool (Image Courtesy:This is Anfield)

2020/21 – Bayern Munich (Quarter-finals) – Beaten by PSG

PSG avenged their loss in the finals of the previous edition by knocking Bayern this time. Le Parisians prevailed on away goals as the tie ended 3-3 after two legs.

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Bayern miss out on another shot at CL glory (Image Courtesy:PSG talk)

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