Champions League Curse – Can FC Barcelona break it in 2016?

This is the question that the football world will be asking as we move towards the Champions League final held in Milan, this May. Since the introduction of the current format in 1992, replacing the former European Cup, not a single club has been able to repeat (winning the trophy twice a in a row). While it was not uncommon to see this feat done in the past with teams winning two, three, four and even five times like Real Madrid, it has been somewhat of a different scenario now. All have tried, all have failed.

AC Milan won the trophy in 1994 against F.C.Barcelona 4-0 and then lost against Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 the following year.

The same fate happened to Ajax who lost in 1996 against Juventus FC on penalty kicks in the 1996 final.

Juventus FC also tasted the same medecine with defeats in the 1997 final against Borussia Dortmund 3-1 and the following year vs. Real Madrid 1-0. The German champions were eliminated in the semifinals in 1998 against the Spanish giants.

Real Madrid won in 1998, 2000 and 2002, therefore never being able to do it back-to-back.

AC Milan won the trophy in 2003 an 2007 while losing in the 2005 memorable final against Liverpool on penalty kicks in Istanbul.

FC Barcelona proves to be another example by being crowned champions in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015. They were always winners in the final, but could not reach it a second time in a row.

Bayern Munich won the Champions League in 2001 against Valencia and in 2013 against Borussia Dortmund but suffered defeats in the 1999, 2010 and 2012 finals.

All of the above just goes to show how difficult it has been for clubs, even the greatest and most talented ones, to achieve success year and after year. No one has succeeded so far. Can FC Barcelona, led by Messi, Neymar and Suarez, do it this year? The answer in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned…

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