While the UEFA Champions League is considered the league of the mighty, several underdogs have basked in the glory, overcoming the top teams in Europe. Discussed below are small teams that have won the big-eared trophy.
Red Star was founded in 1945, and it is based in Belgrade, Serbia. Red Star won the Champions League in 1991 against Marseille. This was the 36th Champions League tournament, and both teams were first-timers in the finals. Red Star edged out the French side by penalties.
Aston Villa was founded in 1874, and it is based in Aston, Birmingham. Aston Villa won the Champions League in 1981-1982 season for the first time. Aston Villa defeated Bayern Munich 1-0. It is among the five English teams that have won the Champions League tournament.
Feyenoord Rotterdam was founded in 1908 as Wilhelmina, and it is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Dutch club won the Champions League title in 1970, in a match that was held in San Siro, Milan. They played against Celtic and the 90 minutes ended in a 1-1 draw. Ove Kindvall gave Feyenoord the victory after he scored in the 117th minute.
Currently known as Fotbal Club FCSB, this team was founded in 1947 and it is based in Bucharest, Romania. Steaua București won their only Champions League title in 1986. They played against Barcelona in a match that ended 0-0 in normal time, and after extra time, they won 2-0 on penalties.
PSV Eindhoven was founded in 1956, and it is based in Eindhoven, Netherlands. PSV won the Champions League title in 1988 against Benfica. The match was held in Neckarstadion Stuttgart, and PSV won 6-5 on penalties.
Other underdogs that have won the Champions League include Chelsea in 2012, Borussia Dortmund in 1997, Hamburg in 1983, Marseille in 1993, and Celtic in 1967.