A look at the seven teams to have completed the European treble of domestic cup, league and Champions League
titles in a season. Both Juventus and Barcelona , who meet in Saturday’s Champions League final at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, can claim the treble of trophies having already won their domestic league and cup.
CELTIC (Scotland) 1966/67
Billy McNeill’s “Lisbon Lions” scored 196 goals over the course of
a ground-breaking season as they became the first European team
to win the treble with only three non-Scottish players in the first-
Having won the Scottish league by three points from Rangers, they
beat Aberdeen 2-0 in the Scottish Cup final before travelling to
Lisbon whey they won 2-1 against Inter Milan with goals from
Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers.
Jock Stein’s side actually finished with five titles in a fairytale
season as they also lifted the Scottish League Cup and Glasgow
Cup, all with a team born within 40 kilometres (25 miles) of the
city, according to legend.
AJAX (Netherlands) 1971/72
Johan Cruyff was the architect of Ajax’s all-conquering season as
the Dutch giants defended the European Cup with their own brand
of total football.
Cruyff scored both goals in their 2-0 win over Inter Milan in the
European Cup final at Dutch rivals Rotterdam and they won the
Eredivisie from Feyenoord by eight points.
Cruyff finished as the league’s top-scorer with 25 goals out of
Ajax’s haul of 104 Eredivisie goals.
A fortnight before the European Cup final, they beat FC Den Haag in
the Dutch Cup final, which like the continental decider was at
Rotterdam’s Feijenoord Stadion.
EINDHOVEN (Netherlands) 1987/88
Guus Hiddink’s side had an even more spectacular domestic
season than Ajax in 1971/72, scoring 117 goals in topping the
Dutch league for a third consecutive time and beat Roda JC 3-2 in
the Dutch Cup final.
The European Cup final against Benfica in Stuttgart finished
goalless, but the Dutch held their nerve to win the shoot-out 6-5,
converting all of their penalties before Antonio Veloso was denied
by Hans van Breukelen.
The season was all the more impressive as Eindhoven had sold
Ruud Gullit to AC Milan at the start of the season.
MANCHESTER UNITED (England) 1998/99
Alex Ferguson’s side wrote themselves into Champions League
history by winning the final in one of the most dramatic finishes.
With Bayern Munich winning 1-0 in Barcelona, Ferguson threw on
England striker Teddy Sheringham and Norway’s Ole Gunnar
Solksjaer, who turned the game in added time.
Sheringham equalised in the 91st minute while Solksjaer tapped
the winner past Germany goalkeeper and Bayern captain Oliver
Kahn in the 93rd minute to win United’s first European Cup final
They squeezed through the group stage as a best runner-up and
made a stunning comeback in the second leg of their semi at
Juventus, coming back from 2-0 down to claim a 3-2 victory with
goals by Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole.
They won the Premier League title by just a point from Arsenal and
beat Newcastle United 2-0 in the FA Cup final, but had Keane and
England midfielder Paul Scholes suspended for the epic European
final at Barcelona’s Camp Nou.
BARCELONA (Spain) 2008/09
At 38, Pep Guardiola became the youngest coach to win the
Champions League title when Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona beat
Manchester United 2-0 in the final in Rome to become the first
Spanish team to win the treble.
Barca travelled to Rome having already wrapped up the Spanish
league by beating Real Madrid 6-2 at the Bernabeu in a key victory
at the start of May before winning the Copa del Rey with a 4-1 win
over Athletic Bilbao.
INTER MILAN (Italy) 2009/10
Samuel Eto’o was part of another treble-winning team having
switched from Barcelona to Milan in the summer of 2009 as Jose
Mourinho’s side swept aside all-comers in Italy.
The Nerazzurri won the Coppa Italia 1-0 against AS Roma at
Stadio Olimpico with a Diego Milito goal and less than two weeks
later he was on target again in a 1-0 victory at AC Siena that saw
Inter beat Roma to the Italian league title on the final day.
Mourinho’s side faced Bayern Munich in the Madrid final with
Milito scoring both goals as Louis van Gaal’s Bavarians were well
beaten in the first of their three final appearances in four seasons.
BAYERN MUNICH (Germany) 2012/13
Jupp Heynckes delivered Germany’s first treble in his final year as
Bayern coach as the Bavarians dominated the Bundesliga in a
They won the league title by collecting 91 points to finish 25 ahead
of second-placed Dortmund, who they beat 2-1 in the Champions
League final at Wembley in an all-Bundesliga affair with Arjen
Robben scoring the winning goal.
With the European and league titles in the bag, Bayern then headed
to Berlin to beat Stuttgart 3-2 in the German Cup final a week after
their Wembley triumph to complete the treble as Heynckes bowed
out in style before Guardiola took over
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