This time around we’re going to check out Europe’s 14 best treble-winning soccer clubs from the continent’s major leagues. This means they’ve won three major trophies in one campaign and this article features both domestic and European trebles since it’s quite a hard feat to pull off. Our domestic treble winners won their respective league title as well as the top two domestic cups such as their FA and League Cups. There have been a few other clubs over the years to capture minor domestic cups or competitions which are now extinct and those haven’t been included. Also, keep in mind that not all European Leagues compete for a League Cup.
As for our European continental treble winners, the sides must have won a major European competition that season as well as two of the following; their domestic league, League Cup or FA Cup. The major European titles include either the European Cup/Champions League or the UEFA Cup/Europa League. Secondary trophies such as European and domestic Super Cups, Charity Shields, Community Shields, Intercontinental Cups and FIFA World Club titles don’t make the cut for this exercise. Just a reminder, this list features clubs from the major European leagues only.
14. FC Steaua Bucharest
Let’s kick things of with Steaua Bucharest of Romania. This is a club that managed to put together a European record 119-match unbeaten streak between 1986 and 1989 which stretched over three entire domestic seasons. They also pulled off three domestic doubles in those campaigns by adding the Romanian Cup to their league titles. However, it wasn’t until 2014/15 until Steaua would rack up a domestic treble of the Romania Liga I, along with the Romanian Cup and the nation’s League Cup. Steaua beat runners-up Târgu Mureșby three points in the league that season and downed Universitatea Cluj 3-0 in the Romanian Cup and Pandurii Târgu Jiu 3-0 in the League Cup. As of 2018, Steaua has racked up 26 league titles, 22 Romanian Cups, six Romanian Super Cups, a pair of League Cups and one European and European Super Cup since being formed in 1947.
13. SL Benfica
Benfica of Portugal has one domestic treble as the club won the 2013/14 Primeira Liga and the Portuguese and League Cups known as Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga. They beat Sporting CP by seven points for the league crown, Rio Ave 1-0 for the Portuguese Cup and Rio Ave 3-0 in the League Cup. The league championship kicked off a four-year title run for Benfica and they’re hoping to stretch that to five in a row this season. The club holds the nation’s record for all three of those competitions with 36 league titles, 26 Portuguese Cups and seven League Cups. The League Cup wasn’t introduced until 2007/08, but Benfica’s won all seven finals they’ve reached. So far, Benfica is the only Portuguese side to pull off a domestic treble and although they’re not the powerhouse that won the European Cup back-to-back in 1961 and 1962 they’re still a force to be reckoned with.
12. Paris Saint-Germain FC
Paris Saint-Germain is the only French club to win a domestic treble and they achieved it in back-to-back seasons. PSG basked in glory in 2014/15 and 2015/16 by hauling in the French Ligue 1 title along with the FA and League Cups known as the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. PSG captured the league by eight points over Lyon in 2014/15 and by a whopping 31 points over Lyon the next year for their fourth straight title and sixth overall. The 2014/15 French Cup was their first of three straight and they won it by beating Auxerre 1-0. They downed Marseille 4-2 the next year and have now won a national-record 11 French Cups. As for the League Cup, the beat Bastia 4-0 and Lille 2-1 in the Finals. PSG also holds the French record in this competition with eight titles including the last five in a row. In fact, they’re the most successful French club ever with 35 titles even though PSG wasn’t founded until 1970.
11. Rangers FC
Critics of Scottish football like to call the Premier Division a two-team league with Old Firm Glasgow clubs Rangers and Celtic being the dominant sides. The facts may support this since Celtic has won 48 league titles and Rangers edging them out with a world-record 54. While Rangers have never won a European treble they have managed to pull off the feat a world-record seven times domestically. The Gers, who were founded in 1872, hoisted the Scottish League, FA Cup and League Cups in 1948/49, 1963/64, 1975/76, 1977/78, 1992/1993, 1998/99 and 2002/03. Rangers currently have 33 Scottish Cups and a national-record 27 League Cups under their belt. Celtic were league runners-up to Rangers in three of their seven treble-winning seasons, once in the FA Cup and also three times in the League Cup.
10. Liverpool FC
Liverpool won a different type of treble in 1983/84 as they captured the English First Division to go along with a League Cup and European Cup. Their league title was the second of four straight and they achieved it by beating runners-up Southampton by three points. The League Cup win was actually a Merseyside Derby as they drew Everton 0-0 in the Final at Wembley and then edged them 1-0 in the replay at Maine Road in Manchester three days later. As for the European Cup, the Reds won their fourth of five crowns by slipping past Roma 2-1 in a penalty shootout. Liverpool hasn’t won the English top flight since 1989/90, but have enough to boast about with their five European reigns, 18 league titles, three UEFA Cups and UEFA Super Cups, seven FA Cups and eight League Cups. Liverpool’s 2000/01 season wasn’t too shabby either as they won the English FA and League Cups along with the UEFA Cup.
9. Galatasaray SK
The 1999/2000 season was the most memorable for Galatasaray of Turkey as the squad took home the Turkish Super League title as well as the Turkish Cup and the UEFA Cup. They also managed to pick up a minor domestic piece of silverware that year with the TSYD Cup as well as the UEFA Super Cup. Galatasaray is by far the most successful club in Turkey with 20 Super League crowns, 17 Turkish Cups and 15 Turkish Super Cups and is the only Turkish squad to win a major European title. Their domestic league title that season was their fourth of five straight and they finished four points in front of runners-up Besiktas. The Turkish Cup Final was a thrilling 5-3 victory over Antalyaspor after extra time and their UEFA Cup also needed extra time as they beat Arsenal of England 4-1 in a shootout after drawing 0-0.
8. FC Porto
Portuguese powerhouse Porto achieve a treble in 2010/11 which consisted of the Portuguese League, the Portuguese Cup and Europa League. They finished 21 points ahead of runners-up Benfica in the league for their first of three straight titles and then hammered Vitoria de Guimaraes 6-2 in the Cup Final. To top things off, they met fellow Portuguese side Braga in the Europa League Final and edged them 1-0. Overall, Porto has won 74 trophies. These include 27 league titles, 16 Portuguese Cups, a European Cup, two Europa Leagues, a UEFA Super Cup and a pair of Intercontinental Cups. Porto had also won the same treble in 2002/03 by beating Benfica by 11 points for the league title, edging Uniao de Leiria 1-0 in the domestic Cup and sneaking past Celtic 3-2 in the Europa League Final.
7. AFC Ajax
Ajax of Amsterdam became the second European squad to win a continental treble when they took the Dutch Eredivisie crown in 1971/72 as well as the national KNVB Cup and the almighty European Cup. The team has been crowned Dutch champions a record 33 times and also have record 18 KNVB Cups to their name. The club has always played in Holland’s top flight of football as they’ve never been relegated. The 1971/72 campaign saw them beat runners-up Feyenoord by eight points for the league crown while they edged Den Haag 3-2 in the KNVB Cup Final. The most successful Dutch team ever then won the European Cup 2-1 over Inter Milan. This was their second of three straight European Championships as they had beaten Panathinaikos of Greece 2-0 the year before would go on to down Italy’s Juventus 1-0 the next season. Ajax added a fourth European crown in 1994/95 when they beat AC Milan of Italy 1-0 in the Final.
6. PSV Eindhoven
Sixteen years after Ajax won their treble, PSV Eindhoven equaled the mark by their Dutch counterparts in the 1987/88 season by taking the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and European Cup. They’ve captured the top Dutch League 23 times and the KNVB Cup on nine occasions, but their European reign back then was the first and only so far. They did manage to win the UEFA Cup a decade earlier though. PSV was tough to top back then as they beat runners-up Ajax by eight points for the league title and it was their third of six in a row. Their Dutch Cup win was a 3-2 triumph over Roda JC and their first of three consecutive. PSV’s European Cup win came against Benfica by edging them 6-5 in a penalty shootout after the match ended 0-0.
5. Manchester United FC
Manchester United has never won a domestic treble, but did achieve a European version in 1998/99. They won the English Premier League by just one point ahead of Arsenal and beat Newcastle United 2-0 to take the FA Cup before meeting Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final. Man United pulled out one of the most dramatic comebacks in European history as they trailed Munich 1-0 heading into injury time. However, Teddy Sheringham and Ole -Gunnar Solskjaer scored 101 seconds apart to give the English side an unforgettable victory. United would also win the Intercontinental Cup later in 1999. United now has three European crowns to their name along with 12 FA Cups and a record 20 top-flight English titles. For good measure they’ve won five League Cups, a Club World Cup, European Super Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and a Europa League.
4. Inter Milan
When it comes to Italian teams and a European treble we find Inter Milan as being the only club to achieve it. Their most celebrated season came in 2009/10 when they racked up the Serie A championship along with the Coppa Italia and the Champions League. Inter won their last league crown that year by edging out Roma by two points. They also beat Roma in the Coppa Italia by a score of 1-0 and then added the European title with a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich. It was their third European reign as they also won it back-to-back in 1964 and 1965. In total, Inter Milan has won 30 domestic trophies including 18 Serie A crowns, seven Coppa Italia’s and five Supercoppa Italiana’s. As well as their three European Cups, Inter’s captured a Club World Cup, a pair of Intercontinental Cups and three UEFA Cups.
3. FC Bayern Munich
The best season for Bayern Munich so far was the 2012/13 campaign which saw them lay claim to the German Bundesliga title as well as the German Cup (DFB Pokal) and finally the European Champions League. The team is Germany’s most successful ever with a record 27 league championships and 18 German Cups to accompany their five reigns as continental champions, which includes three in a row from 1974 to 1976. Bayern Munich smoked runners-up Borussia Dortmund by 25 points to take the 2012/13 Bundesliga and lost just one game that year. They won the German Cup with a 3-2 victory over VfB Stuttgart and triumphed in Europe with a 2-1 win over their old rivals Borussia Dortmund courtesy of a last-minute goal by Arjen Robben. The side has also won a UEFA Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup as well as an Intercontinental Cup and Club World Cup.
2. Celtic FC
Scottish side Celtic FC are one of just two European clubs along with Bayern Munich win both form of European and domestic treble. They’ve achieved it once in Europe and four times in their homeland. The Glasgow-based Hoops enjoyed their greatest season ever in 1966/67 when they became the first British and only Scottish team and to win the European Cup by beating Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon. They also won the Scottish League that season as well as the Scottish Cup, League Cup and Glasgow Cup. Celtic’s four domestic trebles were won in 1966/67, 1968/69, 2000/01 and 2016/2017. The club has won the Scottish League 48 times, the Scottish Cup a record 37 times and the Scottish League Cup on 17 occasions. One of Celtic’s treble Scottish Cup wins came over arch-rivals Rangers and they also edged them for the league title on three of the four occasions.
1. FC Barcelona
Spanish giants Barcelona are the only squad to have won a pair of European trebles. They won the Spanish La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League in for the first time in 2008/09 and replicated the feat in 2015/16. They beat arch-rivals Real Madrid by nine points for the league title in 2008/09 and edged them by just one point seven years later. That was Barca’s 24th overall title and their last until they hoist it again this season. The squad beat Athletic Bilbao 4-1 and Sevilla 2-0 after extra time respectively in the Copa Del Rey those seasons and downed Manchester United 2-0 and Juventus 3-1 in the Champions League. Barcelona has won a record 29 Copa Del Reys and has been crowned champions of Europe five times. The team has also hoisted 12 other European trophies as well as 17 other domestic pieces of silverware and three Club World Cups.