UEFA Champions League Winners Badge Rule Explained
If you are a regular viewer of football and the UEFA Champions League, you might have already asked why some teams have and others don't have a special badge on the sleeves of their kits indicating that they won already won the tournament. We find out all about the UEFA Winners Badge rules.
So far, 22 teams have won the most prestigious trophy in club football that was introduced in 1956 as European Cup and became the Champions League in 1991. However, only seven teams have a special Winners badge.
Teams Get Special Champions League Winners Badge For At Least 5 UCL Titles / 3 UCL Titles In A Row
In order to wear the special badge Champions League badge, clubs must have won at least 5 Champions League titles or 3 titles in a row.
Winning five or more European Cups: Real Madrid (13), AC Milan (7), Barcelona (5), Bayern München (5) and Liverpool (5)
Winning the European Cup at least three times in a row: Ajax - 1971, 1972, 1973 (also applies to Bayern Munich - 1974, 1975, 1976 and Madrid - 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 2016, 2017, 2018)
For the Europa League, UEFA has set up an identical system. Sevilla FC has a special patch since they won the UEFA Europa League fifth times (2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016). In women, too, there is the same rule (Olympique Lyon has already won fifth titles).
There is no other team than Ajax with four titles currently, so no club will get a badge soon. Inter and Manchester United have won 3, while Juventus, Benfica, Porto and Nottingham have won 2.
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