10 Clubs That Have Never Won UEFA Champions League as Arsenal Crash Out Again

10 Clubs That Have Never Won UEFA Champions League as Arsenal Crash Out Again

Joel Reyes
updated at April 18, 2024 at 8:40 AM
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  • Arsenal and PSG lead the list of clubs to have never won a UEFA Champions League
  • The Gunners came close to winning the title in 2006, losing to Barcelona in the final
  • Mbappe has one last chance to bring PSG their first-ever Champions League trophy

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The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club competition in Europe.

Since the inaugural competition in the 1955-56 season, the European Cup has produced 23 different champions in 68 editions.

Sports Brief looks at the top 10 clubs that have never won the Champions League.

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PSG's Neymar and Arsenal's Thierry Henry react during their Champions League final defeats. Images: MATTHEW CHILDS/ Liewig Christian.
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10 biggest clubs with no UCL titles

1. Arsenal

The Gunners won't be ending their Champions League title drought this 2023-24 season. Arsenal crashed out in the quarter-finals, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Joshua Kimmich piled more misery on Arsenal supporters, scoring the lone goal of the second leg in the 63rd minute.

It is another missed opportunity for the Gunners, whose best finish in the tournament came in the 2005-06 season when they faced Barcelona in the final. Sol Campbell gave Arsenal a dream start with a goal in the 37th minute.

They held on to that lead until Samuel Eto'o scored an equaliser in the 76th minute. Four minutes later, Juliano Belletti broke Arsenal fans' hearts by scoring the eventual match-winner, per The Guardian.

2. Paris Saint-Germain

PSG's Qatari owners have one goal in mind, and that is to bring the Champions League title to the French capital.

They have spent huge amounts of money to make that dream a reality, bringing in Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Kylian Mbappe to fortify their attack.

Neymar and Messi failed to deliver the European Cup, with the two stars now plying their trade in Saudi Arabia and the United States, respectively.

Mbappe is the last man standing among the three stars, and he too, will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

However, he has an opportunity to cement his status as a PSG legend with the French side through to the semi-finals of the 2023-24 Champions League.

He led PSG to a 6-4 aggregate win over Barcelona in the quarters, scoring twice in their 4-1 victory in the second leg.

Mbappe and PSG came close to winning this event in 2020, losing in the final to Bayern Munich, per the BBC.

3. Atletico Madrid

No Champions League trophy will be heading Atleti's way in the 2023-24 season. They suffered a heart-breaking 5-4 aggregate loss to Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, conceding two late goals in the second leg.

Tuesday's defeat was the latest in a long list of heartbreaks for the Spanish club in the European Cup.

They have reached the Champions League final three times before but lost all of them. To make matters worse for their supporters, two of those defeats came against bitter rivals Real Madrid.

They were so close to winning the tournament in 2014, leading 1-0 until the 93rd minute when Sergio Ramos scored a dramatic equaliser in second-half injury time.

That opened the floodgates for Real Madrid, who scored three goals in extra time to seal the 4-1 win.

The crosstown rivals faced off again in the 2016 Champions League final, with Los Blancos prevailing via a penalty shootout.

Atletico's other loss in the final happened in 1974 against Bayern Munich.

4. Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham has had trouble winning trophies, with their last title win coming in the 2008 League Cup.

Spurs came so close to ending their title drought in the Champions League no less, reaching the final in 2019.

They rallied from a 3-0 aggregate deficit in the second leg, scoring three unanswered goals in the second half to eliminate Ajax on the road in the semis.

Their dream of winning the Champions League was dashed by Liverpool, though, as the Reds cruised to a 2-0 victory in the final.

5. Bayer Leverkusen

The good news just keeps on coming for Leverkusen. Xabi Alonso has elected to stay with the club, which just won its first Bundesliga title.

That means the Spanish coach will be in charge of the team once they return to the Champions League next season. They have not yet won this tournament, with their best finish coming in the 2001-02 season.

They reached the final that year but lost to Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane scored one of the greatest goals in Champions League history.

6. AS Roma

Roma are one of the powerhouse teams in Serie A, but surprisingly have not won the European Cup in their storied history.

Their best finish in this tournament came in the 1983-84 season when they lost in the final to Liverpool.

7. Newcastle United

The Magpies are one of the biggest teams in the Premier League, and their Saudi owners would want nothing more than to bring the Champions League title to Tyneside.

They failed to impress in that tournament this season, with Newcastle crashing out despite beating PSG in the group stage.

An immediate return to the Champions League next season looks unlikely with the Magpies currently in eighth place in the league table.

Their best Champions League finish came in the 2002-03 season when Alan Shearer and co. reached the second group stage.

8. Lyon

Lyon reigned supreme in France in the 2000s, winning seven Ligue 1 titles in a row from 2002 to 2008. Unfortunately for their fans, they weren't able to replicate that dominance in Europe.

Their best finish in the Champions League came in the 2009-10 and 2019-20 seasons when they reached the semi-finals.

9. Valencia

Valencia's Champions League history is filled with heartbreak. They reached back-to-back finals in 2000 and 2001 but lost on both occasions.

They were outclassed by Spanish rivals, Real Madrid, in the 2000 final, losing 3-0 to the Galacticos.

They returned to the final in 2001 and had a much better showing against Bayern Munich.

Gaizka Mendieta gave Valencia a 1-0 lead after just three minutes. Unfortunately for them, that advantage didn't hold, as Stefan Effenberg scored an equaliser for the Bavarian giants.

The match went into penalties, with Bayern recording a 5-4 win in the shootout.

10. Everton

Everton's record in Europe pales in comparison to Liverpool, who have won five Champions League titles in their storied history.

The Toffees have played just 10 matches in that tournament, recording two wins, five draws, and three losses.

Everton's Champions League title drought won't end anytime soon, as they are currently in a relegation battle.

Field set for UEFA Champions League semi-finals

Sports Brief recently reported on the teams that made it to the last 4 of the UEFA Champions League.

Former champions, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, are through to the semis after beating Arsenal and Manchester City, respectively on Wednesday.

Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund booked spots in the last 4 as well and will face each other in the semi-finals.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.