European Football's 7 Treble Winning Teams

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When Bayern Munich won the ultimate treble, they became only the seventh European club to do so. 


This remarkable achievement, taking the domestic title, primary domestic cup competition and European or Champions League, has been completed by the following sides... 

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1. Celtic - 1967

Trophies: Scottish Football League, Scottish Cup and European Cup.


The first ever team to complete a European treble was Jock Stein's Celtic side in the 1966/67 season. The Hoops actually completed a quintuple, by securing the Scottish League Cup and the Glasgow Cup in addition to the "big three" that season.


The first British club to ever win the European Cup, Celtic's side was made up of only Glaswegian born footballers and are one of greatest sides to have ever played football. They beat overwhelming favourites, Inter Milan, 2-1 in Lisbon to lift the European Cup and complete the trophy in May 1967. 

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2. Ajax - 1972

Trophies: Dutch Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and European Cup.


The pioneers of "total football", Johan Cryuff inspired Ajax to become the second European side to achieve the treble in 1972. The Amsterdam based club took the league title with ease, before beating Den Haag in the Dutch Cup.


In Europe, Ajax beat Inter Milan 2-0 in Rotterdam, with Cruyff grabbing both goals. The 1972 European Cup success was the club's second of three consecutive triumphs and they almost added a second treble the following year, but lost out on the KNVB Cup. 

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3. PSV Eindhoven - 1988

Trophies: Dutch Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and European Cup.


PSV Eindhoven replaced Ajax as the dominant Dutch side of Europe the following decade, under the guidance of coach Guus Hiddink. In Hiddink's three year reign at the club, they won three consecutive Eredivise titles and KNVB Cups, with European Cup success coming in 1988 to secure an historic treble.


PSV defeated Benfica 6-5 on penalties in Stuttgart to clinch the European Cup. They were best known for their solid defence, marshalled by a young Ronald Koeman, and, incredibly, they won Europe's premier club competition without winning any of their final five fixtures that year. 

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4. Manchester United - 1999

Trophies: Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.


Sir Alex Ferguson's side became the first club of the modern era to achieve the treble and they did so in the most dramatic of fashions. The Red Devils clinched the title on the last day of the season, beating Tottenham Hotspur at home, while they defeated Newcastle United 2-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup.


However, it was their 2-1 triumph over Bayern Munich in Barcelona to win the Champions League, which will be the lasting memory of their treble winning season. Two goals in as many minutes from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at the end of the match gave United their third trophy of the season. 

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5. Barcelona - 2009

Trophies: La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League.


Barcelona repeated Manchester United's trick ten years later, in what was Pep Guardiola's first year in charge of the Catalan club. Despite selling the likes of Deco and Ronalidnho, Guardiola brought a new football ideology of "tiki taka" around the unstoppable Leo Messi, with support from the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Eto'o and Henry.


Barcelona romped to the Spanish league title, with Real Madrid finishing nine points adrift. Barca defeated Athleico Bilbao 4-1 in the Copa del Rey final, before they faced off against Manchester United in Rome. The Spanish side outplayed their English opponents, sealing a comfortable 2-0 victory to claim their first ever treble.

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6. Inter Milan - 2010

Trophies: Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League.


Inter Milan then made a treble winning campaign a regular occurrence by clinching one of their own the following year. With AC MIlan and Juventus still feeling the effects of the Italian scandal, Jose Mourinho led Inter to domestic and continental dominance with a side mixed with the experience of Javier Zanetti and the talent of Wesley Sneijder.


After beating Roma in both the Coppa Italia final and to the Serie A title on the season's final fixture, Inter traveled to Madrid to play Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Two goals from Diego Milito gave Inter a long overdue European Cup triumph and enhanced Mourinho's reputation as one of the best managers in the world. 

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7. Bayern Munich - 2013

Trophies: German Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League. 


Bayern Munich became the latest club to win a European treble and, in fact, it has been a quadruple winning season for the German side, having beaten Dortmund in the DFL Supercup at the start of the campaign.


In what is Jupp Heyneckes's final season of his career, Munich destroyed the league, finishing 25 points ahead of Dortmund and breaking multiple records along the way. They then beat their bitter rivals 2-1 at Wembley in the first all German Champions League final, with Arjen Robben hitting a late winner. Bayern then completed the treble by overcoming Stuttgart 3-2 in the DFB Pokal final to become the first ever German side to achieve the European treble. 

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