Spanish and German national teams have won more EUROs than any other country but when it comes to club sides, which have provided the most EURO-winning players?
After UEFA EURO 2020, players from 104 different clubs have collected winners’ medals over the years, with Atalanta, Lazio and Sassuolo joining the list thanks to Italy’s Wembley triumph.
Lyngby have currently provided twice as many winners as Manchester United but no side have come close to the success of Bayern München, Real Madrid and Barcelona – no surprise, perhaps, given Germany and Spain are the competition’s most successful teams. However, with four victors this time around in Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Chiesa, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi, Juventus have now emulated that trio by getting to double figures.
So how many of the 104 clubs can you name? And do you know the identity of those two United players?
19: Bayern München
16: Real Madrid
9: Bordeaux, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Internazionale Milano, Valencia
8: AC Milan, Monaco
7: Chelsea, Slovan Bratislava
6: Köln, Panathinaikos, Real Zaragoza
5: AEK Athens, Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Werder Bremen
4: Athletic Club, Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid, Brøndby, Fiorentina, Hamburg, Lyngby,
Olympiacos, Roma, Sporting CP, Stuttgart, Torino
3: Dinamo Moskva, Dinamo Tbilisi, Dukla Praha, Inter Bratislava, Sassuolo, Sevilla, Slavia Praha, Spartak Moskva, Villarreal
2: Atalanta, Auxerre, Benfica, Beşiktaş, Bologna, Cagliari, Duisburg, Dynamo Kyiv, Eintracht Frankfurt, Feyenoord, Kaiserslautern, Košice, Lazio, Lokomotiv Moskva, Mallorca, Manchester United, Real Betis, Schalke, Toulouse
1: Aarhus, Anderlecht, B 1903, Bohemians Praha, Bolton Wanderers, Braga, CSKA Moskva, Den Bosch, Dinamo Zagreb, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Fortuna Sittard, Freiburg, Getafe, Hansa Rostock, Karlsruher, Leicester City, Lokomotiva Košice, LOSC Lille, Lyon, Málaga, Manchester City, Marseille, Mechelen, Mulhouse, Nantes, Odense, Parma, Porto, Roda, Silkeborg, Spartak Trnava, Sochaux, Southampton, Teplice, Torpedo Moskva, SKA Rostov, Trabzonspor, Udinese, Varese, Vejle, Wolfsburg
• Eight Bayern players – including Oliver Kahn, Jürgen Klinsmann, Thomas Helmer and Mario Basler – were in Germany’s triumphant EURO ’96 squad, while six were in the West Germany squad that won the 1972 tournament.
• Czechoslovakia’s 1976 victory keeps Slovan Bratislava high in the rankings, since that squad contained seven of their players: Jozef Čapkovič, Anton Ondruš, Ján Pivarník, Marián Masný, Koloman Gögh, Ján Švehlík and Alexander Vencel.
• The most-represented club whose home nation has never lifted the trophy are Chelsea with seven. Didier Deschamps, Marcel Desailly and Frank Lebœuf were Chelsea players when they won EURO 2000 with France, Stamford Bridge duo Fernando Torres and Juan Mata won EURO 2012 with Spain, and at EURO 2020, Italy’s Jorginho and Emerson celebrated victory against England at Wembley.
• Manchester United have had just two EURO winners, both goalkeepers: Peter Schmeichel with Denmark in 1992, and Fabien Barthez with France in 2000. That is twice as many champions as neighbours Manchester City, but – more soberingly – one third of Real Zaragoza’s tally and half of Greek titans Olympiacos’s total.
• Five clubs that have won the European Cup have never had a EURO winner: Celtic (1967), Nottingham Forest (1979, 1980), Aston Villa (1982), Steaua Bucureşti (1986) and Crvena zvezda (1991).