Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Man Utd: Which clubs have won the European treble?

  • Kobe Tong
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Bayern Munich are on the brink of achieving something special in the Champions League final.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that their 2019/20 campaign was in tatters when they lost 5-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt and brought the axe down on Niko Kovac back in November.

But their transformation under Hansi Flick has been a joy to watch, barely putting a foot wrong to become the side that teams fear most in European football.

Bayern chasing CL glory

First and foremost, they overpowered rivals Borussia Dortmund to win their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and added the DFB-Pokal to their collection by defeating Bayer Leverkusen.

Now, they have a historic treble in their crosshair and only the mega-money team constructed by Paris Saint-Germain can stop them from achieving that under the floodlights in Lisbon.

There's good reason to think they'll achieve it, too, having recently come off a historic 8-2 obliteration of Barcelona and a comparatively paltry 3-0 semi-final win over Lyon.

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Could they win the treble?

But if there's any warning for the Bavarians ahead of time, then it's the fact winning a treble is historically incredibly tough to achieve and only a select number of clubs have ever pulled it off.

As Bayern fans will know, however, they are indeed part of this club already having swept their way to the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the Champions League during the 2012/13 season.

According to Transfermarkt, that makes them one of only 11 clubs to have completed a treble in European football and Bayern could become just the third establishment to achieve it twice.

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11 treble-winning clubs

Seven of the clubs have achieved this feat by either bagging the European Cup or Champions League, while the remaining four sides have done so with the UEFA Cup or Europa League.

It's piqued your interest, hasn't it? Well, ahead of Bayern potentially flexing their muscles within this incredibly exclusive club, check out the 11 institutions that can boast the illustrious treble status.

1. Celtic (1966/67)

2. Ajax (1971/72)

3. IFK Göteberg (1981/82)

4. PSV Eindhoven (1987/88)

5. Manchester United (1998/99) 

6. Galatasaray (1999/00)

7. FC Porto (2002/03, 2010/11)

8. CSKA Moscow (2004/05)

9. Barcelona (2008/09, 2014/15)

10. Inter Milan (2009/10)

11. Bayern Munich (2012/13)

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GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

There's no doubt in my mind that Bayern are going to win the treble.

In doing so, they will join Barcelona as the only club to achieve two trebles with the Champions League as their European entry. Sorry, Porto, I'm not sure your double-treble really compares.

And if Bayern do so, it will be a piece of footballing history to savour when you consider giant clubs like Liverpool, AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid aren't even on the list for a single treble.

Don't get me wrong, Paris Saint-Germain are a top side that will put up plenty of resistance in Lisbon, but there's nothing in world football that compares to Bayern's attack right now.  

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I can see both teams getting on the scoresheet, only for the might of Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski to elevate Bayern to at least three strikes on the night.

Not a bad prospect for a team that looked to be in crisis just nine months ago...

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