International Cups Trivia

  • European Cup Collectors
  • South American Cup Collectors
  • African Cup Collectors
  • Asian Cup Collectors
  • North and Central American Cup Collectors
  • International Finalists (link to separate file)


    There are various ways to add up international trophies. It first of all should be kept in mind that the trophies included below are of widely varying strength and interest. Equalling triumphs in one-off 'Super Cup' matches with wins in a Champions Cup or League is of course not really admissible. Likewise, tournaments that survived only for two or three editions and involved but a handful of clubs are of less intrinsic value than tournaments with many dozens of clubs that have gone on for decades. For each continent, we offer various compilations, also noting various 'unofficial' competitions (i.e. competitions not organised by any confederation), such as the Mitropa and Latin Cups, or the Arab club tournaments, that are (or were) of more sportive value than most of the 'official' ones.

    Taking the different value of the trophies into account, there is no denying the status of Real Madrid as 'international cup kings': undisputed record winners of the Champions Cup/League (with nine editions), three-time winners of the Club World Championship under one of its guises (with three other teams; only Milan won it four times), and shared record winners of the Latin Cup (twice, like two other clubs), the strongest international club tournament after World War II prior to the introduction of the 'official' ones (before World War II, that distinction belongs to the Mitropa Cup for which Real Madrid were not eligible for geographical reasons). However, both Milan and Barcelona have surpassed Real Madrid thanks to European Super Cup wins - a tournament not available to the White Ballet in its prime. The three most titled clubs come from different continents: both Milan and Boca Juniors can claim 18 "official" titles while Al-Ahly from Cairo won 19; as the Egyptians additionally won 4 Arab club tournaments, they may be considered the 'quantitative' international cup kings.


    European Cup Collectors

    Number of wins in the three European Cups (Champions' Cup/League (1), 
    Cup Winners' Cup (2), UEFA/Fairs Cup (3)):
    
                                              1 2 3
    Real Madrid          [Spain]        12  (10-0-2)
    Barcelona            [Spain]        11   (4-4-3)
    Milan                [Italy]         9   (7-2-0)
    Liverpool            [England]       8   (5-0-3)
    Bayern München       [Germany]       7   (5-1-1)
    Ajax                 [Netherlands]   6   (4-1-1)
    Internazionale       [Italy]         6   (3-0-3)
    Juventus             [Italy]         6   (2-1-3)
    Manchester United    [England]       4   (3-1-0)
    Porto                [Portugal]      4   (2-0-2)
    Chelsea              [England]       4   (1-2-1)
    Valencia             [Spain]         4   (0-1-3)
    others at most 3
    
    Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona also all won the Latin Cup twice;
    Barcelona also won a playoff in 1971 between the first (Barcelona)
    and last (Leeds United) winners of the Fairs Cup.
    
    Including European Super Cup (S) and Intercontinental (Toyota) Cup/FIF (I):
    
                                              1 2 3  S I
    Milan                [Italy]        18   (7-2-0; 5-4)
    Real Madrid          [Spain]        17  (10-0-2; 2-3)
    Barcelona            [Spain]        17   (4-4-3; 4-2)
    Bayern München       [Germany]      11   (5-1-1; 1-3)
    Liverpool            [England]      11   (5-0-3; 3-0)
    Ajax                 [Netherlands]  11   (4-1-1; 3-2)
    Juventus             [Italy]        10   (2-1-3; 2-2)
    Internazionale       [Italy]         9   (3-0-3; 0-3)
    Manchester United    [England]       7   (3-1-0; 1-2)
    Porto                [Portugal]      7   (2-0-2; 1-2)
    Valencia             [Spain]         6   (0-1-3; 2-0)
    Chelsea              [England]       5   (1-2-1; 1-0)
    Anderlecht           [Belgium]       5   (0-2-1; 2-0)
    Atlético Madrid      [Spain]         5   (0-1-2; 1-1)
    others at most 4 
    
    Only Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern München and Juventus have won all five
    trophies at least once.  Barcelona won all of them at least twice.
    
    Real Madrid won the one-time Copa Iberoamericana 1994, organised
    by CONMEBOL and RFEF (the Spanish FA), and thereby might claim
    18 'official' international trophies.
    

    South American Cup Collectors

    Number of wins in the five main South American club competitions
    (Copa Libertadores (L), Supercopa (S), Copa Conmebol (C), Recopa (R)
     and Copa Sudamericana (D)):
    
                                              L S C R D
    Boca Juniors         [Argentina]    13   (6-1-0-4-2)
    Independiente        [Argentina]    11   (7-2-0-1-1)
    São Paulo            [Brazil]        8   (3-1-1-2-1)
    Olimpia Asunción     [Paraguay]      6   (3-1-0-2-0)
    Peñarol              [Uruguay]       5   (5-0-0-0-0)
    Santos               [Brazil]        5   (3-0-1-1-0)
    Internacional        [Brazil]        5   (2-0-0-2-1)
    others at most 4 
    
    Only São Paulo have won all five trophies at least once.
    
    Adding the Intercontinental (Toyota) Cup (I) and FIFA Club World Cup (F):
    
                                              L I F S C R D
    Boca Juniors         [Argentina]    16   (6-3-0-1-0-4-2)
    Independiente        [Argentina]    13   (7-2-0-2-0-1-1)
    São Paulo            [Brazil]       11   (3-2-1-1-1-2-1)
    Peñarol              [Uruguay]       8   (5-3-0-0-0-0-0)
    Nacional             [Uruguay]       7   (3-3-0-0-0-1-0)
    Santos               [Brazil]        7   (3-2-0-0-1-1-0)
    Olimpia Asunción     [Paraguay]      7   (3-1-0-1-0-2-0)
    Internacional        [Brazil]        6   (2-0-1-0-0-2-1)
    Cruzeiro             [Brazil]        5   (2-0-0-2-0-1-0)
    Estudiantes          [Argentina]     5   (4-1-0-0-0-0-0)
    others at most 4 
    
    Only São Paulo have won all seven trophies at least once.
    
    Including the Copa Interamericana (A) (played between the winners of the
    Copp Libertadores and CONCACAF Cup), which has not been held since 1998,
    was organised on a rather infrequent basis before and was of questionable 
    interest (14 out of 18 cups won by the South American side)):
    
                                              L I F S C R D A
    Independiente        [Argentina]    16   (7-2-0-2-0-1-1-3)
    Boca Juniors         [Argentina]    16   (6-3-0-1-0-4-2-0)
    São Paulo            [Brazil]       11   (3-2-1-1-1-2-1-0)
    Nacional             [Uruguay]       9   (3-3-0-0-0-1-0-2)
    Peñarol              [Uruguay]       8   (5-3-0-0-0-0-0-0)
    Olimpia Asunción     [Paraguay]      8   (3-1-0-1-0-2-0-1)
    Santos               [Brazil]        7   (3-2-0-0-1-1-0-0)
    Estudiantes          [Argentina]     6   (4-1-0-0-0-0-0-1)
    Cruzeiro             [Brazil]        5   (2-0-0-2-0-1-0-0)
    River Plate          [Argentina]     5   (2-1-0-1-0-0-0-1)
    Internacional        [Brazil]        5   (2-0-1-0-0-1-1-0)
    others at most 4 
    
    In addition, there were several 'official' tournaments that were
    organised on a few occasions by CONMEBOL.  These include the 
    Recopa Sudamericana de Clubes (a South American version of the 
    Cup Winners Cup, not to be confused with the Super Cup style 
    Recopa above, organised twice, with the second edition unfinished), 
    the Supercopa Masters (played twice), the Copa Conmebol Masters 
    (played once) and the Copa de Oro Nicolás Leoz (played three times).  
    The last three never had more than a handful participants.  Any
    titles won in those tournaments are listed under (M).
    
                                              L I F S C R D A M
    Boca Juniors         [Argentina]    18   (6-3-0-1-0-4-2-0-2)
    Independiente        [Argentina]    16   (7-2-0-2-0-1-1-3-0)
    São Paulo            [Brazil]       12   (3-2-1-1-1-2-1-0-1)
    Nacional             [Uruguay]       9   (3-3-0-0-0-1-0-2-0)
    Peñarol              [Uruguay]       8   (5-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0)
    Olimpia Asunción     [Paraguay]      8   (3-1-0-1-0-2-0-1-0)
    Santos               [Brazil]        7   (3-2-0-0-1-1-0-0-0)
    Cruzeiro             [Brazil]        7   (2-0-0-2-0-1-0-0-2)
    Estudiantes          [Argentina]     6   (4-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0)
    River Plate          [Argentina]     5   (2-1-0-1-0-0-0-1-0)
    Internacional        [Brazil]        5   (2-0-1-0-0-1-1-0-0)
    others at most 4 
    

    African Cup Collectors

    Combining the African Champions' Cup (1), Cup Winners' Cup (2) and CAF Cup (3):
    
                                              1 2 3
    Al-Ahly              [Egypt]        12   (8-4-0)
    Zamalek              [Egypt]         6   (5-1-0)
    JS Kabylie           [Algeria]       6   (2-1-3)
    Etoile Sp. Sahel     [Tunisia]       6   (1-2-3)
    TP Mazembe           [Congo-K.]      5   (4-1-0)
    Canon Yaoundé        [Cameroon]      4   (3-1-0)
    Raja Casablanca      [Morocco]       4   (3-0-1)
    Espérance Tunis      [Tunisia]       4   (2-1-1)
    CS Sfaxien           [Tunisia]       4   (0-0-4)
    Hafia Conakry        [Guinea]        3   (3-0-0)
    Al-Mokaoulun         [Egypt]         3   (0-3-0)
    others at most 2 
    
    Adding the African Super Cup (S) and the Afro-Asian Club Cup (A):
    
                                              1 2 3  S A
    Al-Ahly              [Egypt]        19   (8-4-0; 6-1)
    Zamalek              [Egypt]        11   (5-1-0; 3-2)
    Etoile Sp. Sahel     [Tunisia]       8   (1-2-3; 2-0)
    TP Mazembe           [Congo-K.]      7   (4-1-0; 2-0)
    Raja Casablanca      [Morocco]       6   (3-0-1; 1-1)
    JS Kabylie           [Algeria]       6   (2-1-3; 0-0)
    Espérance Tunis      [Tunisia]       6   (2-1-1; 1-1)
    Canon Yaoundé        [Cameroon]      4   (3-1-0; 0-0)
    Enyimba              [Nigeria]       4   (2-0-0; 2-0)
    CS Sfaxien           [Tunisia]       4   (0-0-4; 0-0)
    Hafia Conakry        [Guinea]        3   (3-0-0; 0-0)
    WA Casablanca        [Morocco]       3   (1-1-0; 0-1)
    Hearts of Oak        [Ghana]         3   (1-0-1; 1-0)
    Al-Mokaoulun         [Egypt]         3   (0-3-0; 0-0)
    Africa Sports        [Ivory Coast]   3   (0-2-0; 1-0)
    others at most 2
    
    NB: Al-Ahly also won 1 Arab Champions' Cup, 1 Arab Cup Winners' Cup
          and 2 Arab Super Cups.  
        Zamalek also won 1 Arab Champions' Cup.
        Etoile Sp. Sahel also won 1 Maghreb Champions Cup and 1 Maghreb Cup
          Winners Cup.  
        Espérance Tunis also won 2 Arab Champions' Cups, 1 Arab Super Cup
          and 1 North African Cup Winners Cup.  
        WAC Casablanca also won 1 Arab Champions' Cup and 1 Arab Super Cup.
        Africa Sports also won 3 UFOA Cups (West Africa).  
        CS Sfaxien also won 2 Arab Champions' Cups and 1 North African Cup
          Winners Cup.  
    

    Asian Cup Collectors

    Combining the Asian Champions' Cup (1) and Cup Winners' Cup (2):
    
                                              1 2 
    Al-Hilal             [Saudi Arabia]  4   (2-2)
    Pohang Steelers      [South Korea]   3   (3-0)
    Al-Ittihad           [Saudi Arabia]  3   (2-1)
    Maccabi Tel-Aviv     [Israel]        2   (2-0)
    Al-Sadd              [Qatar]         2   (2-0)
    Seongn. Ilhwa Chunma [South Korea]   2   (2-0)
    Suwon S. Bluewings   [South Korea]   2   (2-0)
    Thai Farmers Bank    [Thailand]      2   (2-0)
    Nissan               [Japan]         2   (0-2)  [now Yokohama F. Marinos]
    others at most 1
    
    Adding the Asian Super Cup (S) and the Afro-Asian Club Cup (A):
    
                                              1 2  S A
    Al-Hilal             [Saudi Arabia]  6   (2-2; 2-0)
    Suwon S. Bluewings   [South Korea]   4   (2-0; 2-0)
    Seongn. Ilhwa Chunma [South Korea]   4   (2-0; 1-1)
    Pohang Steelers      [South Korea]   3   (3-0; 0-0)
    Thai Farmers Bank    [Thailand]      3   (2-0; 0-1)
    Al-Ittihad           [Saudi Arabia]  3   (2-1; 0-0)
    others at most 2
    
    NB: Al-Hilal also won 2 Arab Champions' Cups, 1 Arab Cup Winners' Cup, 
          1 Arab Super Cup and 2 Gulf Club Cups;
        Al-Ittihad also won 1 Arab Champions' Cup and 1 Gulf Club Cup.
    
    Adding the AFC Cup (3) and the AFC Presidents Cup (4):
    
                                              1 2  S A  3 4
    Al-Hilal             [Saudi Arabia]  6   (2-2; 2-0; 0-0)
    Suwon S. Bluewings   [South Korea]   4   (2-0; 2-0; 0-0)
    Seongn. Ilhwa Chunma [South Korea]   4   (2-0; 1-1; 0-0)
    Pohang Steelers      [South Korea]   3   (3-0; 0-0; 0-0)
    Thai Farmers Bank    [Thailand]      3   (2-0; 0-1; 0-0)
    Al-Ittihad           [Saudi Arabia]  3   (2-1; 0-0; 0-0)
    Al-Kuwait SC         [Kuwait]        3   (0-0; 0-0; 3-0)
    Regar-T. Tursunzade  [Tajikistan]    3   (0-0; 0-0; 0-3)
    others at most 2
    

    North and Central American Cup Collectors

    Combining the CONCACAF Champions' Cup (1) and Cup Winners' Cup (2):
    
                                              1 2 
    Cruz Azul            [Mexico]        6   (6-0)
    América              [Mexico]        6   (5-1)
    Pachuca              [Mexico]        4   (4-0)
    Saprissa             [Costa Rica]    3   (3-0)
    UNAM                 [Mexico]        3   (3-0)
    others at most 2
    
    Including the Copa Interamericana (A):
    
                                              1 2  A
    América              [Mexico]        8   (5-1; 2)
    Cruz Azul            [Mexico]        6   (6-0; 0)
    Pachuca              [Mexico]        4   (4-0; 0)
    UNAM                 [Mexico]        4   (3-0; 1)
    Saprissa             [Costa Rica]    3   (3-0; 0)
    others at most 2
    
    NB: América also won the CONCACAF Giants Cup, held on one occasion in 2001.
        Pachuca also won 1 Copa Sudamericana, and is currently the only club to
          have won official club titles within two different confederations.
    
    

    International Finalists (link to separate file)


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