‪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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