You will agree with me that the UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious trophy when it comes to club football. With this cup, it’s not just about winning it, qualifying to play in the tournament is a hurdle. While most top teams have won the cup, some teams in top-flight football are yet to get the glory of winning the Champions League. Below are surprising names that miss out on the list.
1. Arsenal FC.
Also known as the Gunners, Arsenal is among the best teams in England. The side from London has a considerable number of premier league, and FA titles but is yet to win the Champions League. Arsenal also boasts the ‘invincible’ title. The closest they came to winning the title was in the 2006 finals, where they were edged out 2-1.
2. Atletico Madrid
In the Spanish La Liga, Atletico Madrid is a household name. The team has won the La Liga title ten times, but then, it hasn’t been a bed of roses when it comes to Champions League. Atletico Madrid has only managed to reach the finals, twice, losing to Bayern Munich, and more recently, archrivals, Real Madrid. But in the group stages, Diego Simeone’s men have been outstanding.
3. AS Roma
Roma is among the most successful teams from Serie A, but still, the Champions League is a dream. All the other top teams in Italy have won the Champions League except Roma. The nearest they came to winning the Champions League was in 1984 when they lost to Liverpool, on home soil, after a penalty shootout.
The above are the top teams that have not won the UEFA Champions League. Others include French side Olympique Lyon, Schalke 04, among others. When it comes to successful clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus lead the pack.