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Manchester City joined a respected and exclusive club of treble winners on Saturday after beating Inter Milan 0-1. To date, only seven teams in Europe have managed to complete a perfect year - winning the championship, cup and European Cup (which became the Champions League), with two teams winning the treble twice: Bairro Munich and Barcelona.
List of treble winners:1966/67: Celtic
1971/72: Ajax 1987/88: PSV Eindhoven 1998/99: Manchester United 2008/09: Barcelona 2009/10: Inter 2012/13: Bayern Munich 2014/
2019/20: Bayern Munich
Do it again. Pep (Photo: GettyImages)
Barcelona became the first team in football history to win the treble twice: the club won its first treble in 2008 under Pep Guardiola and in 2015 under Luis Enrique.
Under Pep Guardiola, Barcelona experienced one of their best years, winning a plethora of trophies with the tiki-taka system that conquered the world. In the 2008/2009 season, Guardiola swept the club to six amazing trophies: Copa del Rey, La Liga, European Super Cup, Champions League and Club World Cup.
Six years later, Barcelona enjoyed a lethal 'MSN' trio (Messi, Suarez and Neymar) that led the club to the second treble. Both of these teams are definitely considered the best football teams of all time.
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2. Bayern Munich
Jupp Heynckes' Bayern were unstoppable, dismantling every team that stood in its way, and it included a memorable 0-8 aggregate against Barcelona in the semi-finals. After the championship and cup, they beat Dortmund 1–2 in the final.
Five years later, they went all the way to win their second treble under the guidance of Hansi Flick, under whom the team broke Barcelona's record of six trophies, including a quarter-final in which Bayern eliminated Barcelona with a stunning 2-8. Bayern became the first team to win the Champions League with a perfect record.
Perfect season. Flick and Bayern (Photo: Reuters)
3. Inter Milan
Inter won its historic treble in style, winning three trophies in one year at a time when Barcelona was undoubtedly the most dominant club in the world. Jose Mourinho was known at the time for his defensive tactics, which led Inter to win the cup at the expense of Roma and first place in Serie A before it.
The highlight came against Barcelona in the semi-finals, with a dramatic elimination at 2:3 on aggregate. Inter then met Bayern in the final, and Diego Milito's duo gave them the trophy for the first time since 1965. To this day, they are the only Italian team to have won the treble.
4. Manchester United
Manchester United achieved the impossible in 1999, and to this day the Red Devils are the only English club to have won the treble. Sir Alex Ferguson's side managed to win the Premier League title by one point ahead of Arsene Wenger's powerful Arsenal. United quickly added a second title, beating Newcastle 0–2 in the cup final.
Only one trophy remained to complete the treble: United vs. Bayern Munich in the final. The Germans led, and then came extra time, Sheringham first, Solskjaer with the turnaround, and the rest is history, unforgettable.
The picture is worth a thousand words. Solskjaer (Photo by Getty Images, Phil Cole)
During the 70s, Ajax was one of the dominant clubs in Europe, led by the one and only legendary star, Johan Cruyff. They won the title after a close match, beating Inter Milan 0–2 in the final to win the European Cup in Rotterdam, with Cruyff's duo giving the club their third consecutive European Cup and first ever treble in their glorious history.
An unforgettable season. Mourinho and Inter Milan (Photo by Getty Images, Shaun Botterill)
The Scottish underdog team managed to complete an amazing season, against all odds. Celtic began their treble campaign by winning the Scottish Cup in April 1967, beating Aberdeen in the final, and immediately after winning the Scottish League title after a close race with city rivals Glasgow Rangers.
The Scots then performed a miracle when they reached the final of the European Cup, where they faced Helenio Herrera's magnificent Inter Milan in Lisbon. It ended in a 1-2 victory, making Celtic the first British club to win the European Cup.
During that season, Celtic not only won the treble but added two more trophies to make their year even brighter: the Scottish League Cup and Glasgow Cup, scoring a record 196 goals in all competitions.
7. PSV Eindhoven
After Ajax, PSV was the second Dutch team to achieve this great feat, doing so under legendary coach Guus Hiddink, with Ronald Koeman and Edouard Linskens as the stars of the team. PSV started by winning the Dutch title by nine points, then beat Roda 2-3 to win the trophy for the fourth time.
En route to the European Cup final, PSV passed Galatasaray, Rapid Vienna, Bordeaux and Real Madrid to set up a date with Benfica in Stuttgart. After 120 minutes, the Dutch won 5-6 in a penalty shootout, fulfilling their dream. Since then, of course, PSV have not won the European Cup.
Who do you think is the greatest treble winner of all time?
PSV Eindhoven (1987–88)
Manchester United (1998–99)
Bayern Munich (2012–13)
Bayern Munich (2019–20)
Manchester City (2022/23)
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