With another Champions League season upon us, defending champions Bayern Munich will be ferociously challenged by the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea, as the Bavarian club aims to become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format.
They also look to have an almighty fight on their hands domestically, as Borussia Dortmund's impressive German Supercup victory over Bayern Munich attests to.
Whilst we neutral onlookers tremble at the task that is ahead of Bayern Munich in their quest to defend three major trophies, it is a situation that has become increasingly common in recent years.
Prior to the inception of the UEFA Champions League, three teams succeeded in sweeping the treble from the European Cup's inaugural season in 1955 to 1992.
Scottish giants Celtic were the first club to achieve the feat in 1966-67, while two of Holland’s most successful teams in Ajax (1971-72) and PSV (1987-88) claimed the treble. Since then, Manchester United became treble winners during the 1998-99 season, the first team to do so during the Champions League era.
Since then we have witnessed an astounding three treble winners in the last five years, as Barcelona's all-conquering side of 2008-09, a Jose Mourinho-inspired Inter Milan in 2009-10 and last season's much heralded Bayern Munich having gone on to achieve the seemingly impossible to join esteemed company.
Perhaps we are being blessed with a generation of several outstanding teams and therefore can credit the abnormally high number of treble winners in recent years to this theory.
However, the sheer difficulty in winning the treble as history illustrates, with the fact that there have only been seven teams to achieve the feat in nearly 60 years of European competition. So we can hardly undersell just how difficult it is to win three major trophies, including one of the most difficult trophies the sport has to offer, in one season.
This begs the question: should the treble have a trophy of its own? Should UEFA acknowledge the historic feat of winning the treble by awarding the treble winner a separate trophy in recognition of their achievements?
Given the immense difficulty of achieving the feat and the relative rarity of it, one can only imagine that any future treble winners should be rightfully recognised of their achievements with a celebratory trophy which truly captures the magnitude of their achievements.
A treble trophy will altogether add to the allure and appeal of winning the treble, adding to the prestige and honour of the hallowed achievement.
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