Sevilla have won the Europa League again and are one of the most dominant teams in any European competition. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Seville among the cream of the crop
Sevilla beat Roma on penalties in the Europa League final on Wednesday to win their seventh Champions League trophy and cement their reputation as one of Europe’s most dominant football teams.
The club’s dominance over the competition has made it feel like it’s a second home, no matter what it’s like at home or in other leagues. Oddly enough, they aren’t the only team with a history of ignoring performance-based problems to find their footing in a particular event.
These are the most dominant football teams in various competitions in Europe.
The best and most dominant football teams
Sevilla – Europa League
As mentioned in the introduction, Sevilla have been dominant in the Europa League during the 21st century. All seven of their titles have come since the 2005-06 season despite the team missing out on the competition six times during that time. They are also the only team to win the Europa League three times in a row (2013-16) and not lose in a Champions League final.
He only reached extra time and the decisive penalty shootout due to Gianluca Mancini’s own goal
Their latest victory came by a stroke of luck as they only reached extra time and the decisive penalty shootout due to a Gianluca Mancini own goal and despite not finding the net themselves.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Sevilla’s success in the competition is that they have done so with cycling between managers. There’s just something about stepping onto the pitch on a night of European competition that makes a team feel right at home, a trait shared by other Spanish football giants on this list.
Manchester City – Premier League
The English Football League is widely considered to be the most competitive and talented football league in the world, but Manchester City have made it look like a walk in the park. They have won five of the last six trophies and, in one year without a win, finished second during a historic season for Liverpool.
City’s era of dominance coincided with that of manager Pep Guardiola, the world’s smartest tactician, with the build-up of a deep, fully functional squad. They are never caught on the brink of losing players integral to their success or falling victim to aging as they are so ready for the next generation, which is currently led by striker Erling Haaland.
The Citizens have not been able to translate their domestic rule into European dominance, but they do have a chance with the upcoming Champions League final against Inter Milan who are undoubtedly the strongest team in the world over the past few years.
Real Madrid – Champions League
The Champions League – with its beautiful opening symphony and intense matchday atmosphere – is the cream of the crop in world football. And more times than any other team in the world, Real Madrid has been the last remaining team in the top spot.
He won the European Cup / Champions League 14 times
The Spanish team has won the European Cup/Champions League 14 times, starting in 1955-56 and most recently in 2021-22. That includes three consecutive titles from 2015-18 and four in five years thanks to the help of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and others.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Madrid’s unrelenting dominance in the most competitive football competition in the world is that they have only lost the last three times, giving them a winning percentage of 82.4%. Just like Sevilla in the Europa League final, Real Madrid enjoy a sense of comfort and belonging on the bigger stage, even when they are outnumbered and an underdog to their rivals.
Bayern Munich – Bundesliga
Bayern Munich is the most dominant domestic club in Europe’s major leagues, having won the Bundesliga 11 times in a row and claimed two Champions League titles and two Club World Cups over the same period.
The German giants may now be in a position where they can often attract the country’s top talent and attract interest from players from around the world, but there have been many seasons where they have been criticized by rivals, most notably Borussia Dortmund. Until this year, they finished tied on points with Dortmund, but won the league on goal difference.
32 league titles since the 1968-1969 season
With 32 league titles since the 1968-69 season, it is safe to say that Bayern are the unavoidable giants of the Bundesliga. But until a worthy competitor can finally unseat them, they’ll continue to shred the trophies and extend their run as the league’s winningest football team.