UEFA Champions League One Nation Finals: Bayern, Dortmund Chase All German Finale

UEFA Champions League One Nation Finals: Bayern, Dortmund Chase All German Finale

Joel Reyes
updated at May 3, 2024 at 7:08 AM
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  • Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund moved closer to meeting in the Champions League final
  • Two clubs from the same country have contested eight previous finals in the elite competition
  • The last time a one-nation final took place in the UEFA Champions League was back in 2021

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History beckons for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

If they win their semi-final matchups next week, they will become the second pair of clubs from the same country to face off in the Champions League final twice.

Sports Brief looks at the UEFA Champions League's one-nation finals, including the 2013 clash between Bayern and Dortmund.

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Bayern Munich celebrate after winning the UEFA Champions League title against Borussia Dortmund in 2013. Image: Martin Rickett.
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One-nation Champions League finals

1. Real Madrid vs. Valencia (2000)

The first one-nation final in the Champions League happened in 2000 when Real Madrid locked horns with Valencia in an all-Spanish affair.

Los Blancos cruised to victory in that final, recording an emphatic 3-0 win. Fernando Morientes opened the scoring in the 39th minute before Steve McManaman and Raúl González sealed Real's eighth European Cup with goals in the second half.

2. AC Milan vs. Juventus (2003)

The second one-nation final in the Champions League happened in 2003 when AC Milan faced Juventus in an all-Italian affair at Old Trafford.

The match went into penalties after no goals were scored in regulation and extra time. Milan held their nerve in the shootout, beating Juve 3-2 after Andriy Shevchenko buried the winning spot kick.

3. Manchester United vs. Chelsea (2008)

The third one-nation final in the Champions League transpired in 2008 when Manchester United squared off against Chelsea in an all-English clash in Moscow.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for United with a header in the 26th minute. Frank Lampard sent Blues fans into a frenzy with a goal just before the half-time break to tie the match 1-1.

The contest eventually went into penalties, with the Red Devils eventually prevailing 6-5 in the shootout. Edwin Van Der Sar sealed the win for United, saving Nicolas Anelka's penalty.

4. Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund (2013)

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund faced each other in a Champions League final before, with the two German clubs contesting the championship in 2013.

Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring for Bayern in the 60th minute, but the lead didn't last long. Ilkay Gundogan equalised for Dortmund through a 68th-minute penalty to set up a tense finish.

Arjen Robben then cemented his status as a Bayern legend, scoring a late goal in the 89th minute to hand the title to the Bavarian giants.

5. Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid (2014)

Real Madrid once again featured in an all-Spanish final, with Los Blancos squaring off against crosstown rivals, Atletico Madrid, this time around.

Diego Godin gave Atleti a 1-0 lead with a header in the 36th minute. That advantage lasted until second-half injury time when Real suddenly authored the mother of all comebacks.

Sergio Ramos equalised three minutes into added time before Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Ronaldo sealed the win for Real with goals in extra time.

6. Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid (2016)

The two Spanish clubs squared off again in the final in 2016, with Atletico Madrid desperate to avenge their painful defeat two years before.

Unfortunately for Diego Simeone's men, the result remained the same as Real Madrid recorded a 5-3 win in the penalty shootout.

Juanfran's spot kick hit the post, setting up Ronaldo to score the match-winning penalty.

7. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool (2019)

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool set up the second all-English Champions League final after they recorded stunning comeback wins in their respective second-leg matches in the semis.

Spurs scored three unanswered goals in the second half to beat Ajax on the road, while Liverpool won 4-0 at Anfield to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate.

The Reds went on to win their sixth European Cup, beating Spurs 2-0 in the final. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a penalty in the second minute before Divock Origi sealed the victory for Liverpool with a strike in the 87th minute.

8. Manchester City vs. Chelsea (2021)

The last time a one-nation final happened in the Champions League was back in 2021 when Manchester City locked horns with Chelsea in an all-English affair.

Kai Havertz's goal in the first half was enough for the Blues to win their second Champions League title, per The Guardian.

Vinicius hails Sancho after impressive UCL showing

Sports Brief recently reported on Vinicius Junior applauding Sancho for his performance against PSG.

The Englishman made history with Dortmund in their 1-0 victory, completing 11 successful dribbles.

Vinicius took to social media to pay tribute to Sancho after the first-leg tie, posting 'What a player'.

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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.