UEFA Champions League Trophy and Its Story
UEFA Champions League trophy, called the European Champion Clubs’ Cup or the European Cup, is a trophy, which is awarded annually by UEFA to the CL winner football club.
The original European Cup trophy donated by L’Équipe, a French sports newspaper. Till 2009, after five wins or three consecutive wins, CL winners kept the real UCL trophy. The first team to get the trophy was Real Madrid, winning the 1st five and the 1967 UCL seasons.
The replacement trophy, with a little different design from the original, commissioned UEFA from Jörg Stadelmann, a jeweller from Switzerland.
The trophy that currently is awarded is the 6th and is used since 2006, after Liverpool won their 5th title.
Champions League Trophy Stats
How tall is the Champions League trophy?
The UCL trophy has 74 cm high.
How much is the Champions League trophy worth?
The UCL trophy commissioned by UEFA from a Swiss jeweler at a cost of 10,000 Swiss francs (around £8,000).
How heavy is the Champions League trophy?
The UCL trophy weighs 7.5kg.
What is the Champions League trophy made of?
The UCL trophy is made of sterling silver.
Football Clubs awarded the trophy permanently
There are five football clubs that have kept the real UCL trophy under the old rules from the 1968–69 to 2008–09 seasons. Here they are:
1. Real Madrid (Spain), after winning their 6th title in 1966.
2. Ajax (Netherlands), after winning their 3rd consecutive title in 1973.
3. Bayern Munich (Germany), after winning their 3rd consecutive title in 1976.
4. AC Milan (Italy), after winning their 5th title in 1994.
5. Liverpool (England), after winning their 5th title in 2005.
Champions League Multiple-winner badge
The so called multiple-winner badge (badge of honor) is used since the UCL 2000–2001 season for clubs that kept the trophy permanently. It’s on the left sleeve of the clubs shirts’ during the Champions League matches.
Starting with current, 2021-2022, season UEFA will incorporate the badge into the regular “Starball Badge” for the clubs who have the multiple-winner badge.
Currently, there are 6 teams that have won five and more overall or three consecutive UCL titles. Here they are:
1. Real Madrid (Spain), (3 consecutive, 13 overall),
2. AC Milan (Italy), (7 overall),
3. Bayern Munich (Germany), (3 consecutive, 6 overall),
4. Liverpool (England), (6 overall),
5. Barcelona (Spain), (5 overall),
6. Ajax (Netherlands), (3 consecutive, 4 overall).
Check out also the complete list of Champions League Winners.