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What is Treble?
The significance of this name can’t just be expressed in words. It can be said that this Treble is an adorable object for any club. A club’s treble win is only complete when they achieve 3 trophies in a single season. A club will be treble winner only if it win the UEFA Champions League, the domestic league and the domestic cup at the same time in one season. It is quite difficult to win 3 trophy in a single season. For which any club need to play well throughout the season. A single mistake can destroy the dream of Treble.
However, seven clubs have done this impossible thing, in which only Barcelona won Treble twice. As always, two team have chance to win Treble. Barcelona, number one in the La Liga table, have reached the Copa del Rey final, as well as the Champions League semi-finals.On the other hand, the same situation is with the Dutch club AFC Ajax. Although none of them won the Treble but they had chance till the end. Let’s take a look at the seven treble-winning clubs in the history.
Clubs winning the treble
Celtic F.C. (1966-67)
Scottish club Celtic F.C. won the Treble for the first time in the history of football. Under famous coach Jock Stein, Celtic won three league titles in the 1966-67 season. In April of the season, Celtic won the Scottish Cup by defeating Aberdeen. On the other hand, after a fierce battle with the rival Rangers F.C., Celtic won the league title under Jock Stein.
On the other hand, for the first time, Celtic played in an elite competition like the European Cup. Although new in the competition no club can defeat Celtic. The team completed its mission of Treble by beating Inter Milan 2-1 in the final. But not only these three titles, but Celtic also won the Scottish Cup and Glasgow Cup. The team surprised everyone by winning all five titles.
In addition to winning the title, the club also achieved some different records. In that season, all Celtic players were from Scotland. No club has ever achieved such success by playing all the same country players. Even Celtic became the first British club to win the European Cup. The club has scored a record 196 goals throughout the season.
AFC Ajax (1971-72)
Ajax has already won the adorable Treble in the 1971-72 season, while standing in front of the another treble win in 2018-2019. But Unfortunately they ended up double not treble. However, Current ajax is not same as old ajax. This Dutch club was one of the best in Europe at that time. They won the European Cup in three consecutive seasons from 1970 to 1972. But they won Treble only in the middle year.
Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Piet Keizer was spending their golden time in ajax. Ajax got golden opportunity to gain treble status by winning European club after winning domestic cup and league on 11 May . Ajax did not make any mistake to take advantage of that opportunity. Dutch club Ajax won the Treble for the first time by defeating Inter Milan with a pair of goals from Cruyff.
PSV Eindhoven (1987-88)
Another Dutch club PSV Eindhoven got a chance to win the Treble after Ajax. PSV Eindhoven won the treble 16 years later the treble victory of their eternal rivals Ajax. Under Legendary coach Guus Hiddink and with the help of iconic player Ronald Koeman, Edward Linskens Dutch club PSV Eindhoven got all three titles in that season.
After Won, the league title with a gap of nine points, PSV defeat Roda JC Kerkrade with a 3-2 goal. In that league, PSV Eindhoven’s ball touches the opponent team goal line 117 times. On the other hand, in the European Cup, they defeat Galatasaray S.K., First Vienna F.C., F.C. Girondins de Bordeaux, and Real Madrid and faced S.L. Benfica in the final. In that match in Stuttgart ( Mercedes-Benz Arena ), no team could score a goal in first 120 minutes and the game ended with tiebreaker. PSV won the European Cup for the first time by defeating Benfica 6-5 in tiebreaker. As well as that is the only European Cup win for PSV Eindhoven.
Manchester United F.C. (1998-99)
Manchester United F.C. is the next club winning the treble. This is only English club, which won the Premier League, F.A. Cup and Champions League in one season. Manchester United can’t win any Title in previous season, so they came to the Champions League as an underdog. Sir Alex Ferguson’s players won the Premier League title by one point on the final day in a fierce battle with Arsenal throughout the season. On the other hand, In the F.A. Cup, they defeat big clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal and face Newcastle United in the final. The Red Devils also won the F.A. Cup with an easy 2-0 win.
Manchester United gives a legendary performance in that Champions League. Till 40 minutes, They were 3-1 behind in the second leg semi-final against Juventus. After winning the match 4-3, they kept their real surprise for the final. Bayern Munich was 1-0 ahead in that match, But red devils won the match with 91st and 93rd minutes goal. And they confirmed their treble title.
FC Barcelona (2008-09), (2014-15)
Barcelona is the first club to win Treble twice. Barca Won for the first time under Pep Guardiola. Messi, Xavi and Iniesta tremendous performance brought this grand success to the club. Many consider Barcelona to be the best club team of all time.
Six years later, the Catalans won the Treble again. This time, With the help of Messi, Neymar and Suarez trio, Barcelona won all three major titles. They won La Liga by two points and beat Athletic Bilbao with 3-1 goal in the Copa del Rey final. On the other hand, they won Champions League final match against Juventus with 3-1 goal. And that is the second time Barcelona won the Treble.
Inter Milan (2009-10)
The world saw a new treble-winning club after Barcelona’s first treble win. This time Italian club Inter Milan won this honor. Under Jose Mourinho, Nerazzurri won Scudetto with two points higher than A.S. Roma. Inter Milan defeat the same opponent with 1-0 in Coppa Italia.
To win the Champions League, Inter Milan had to face the best club of that time Barcelona in the semi-final. But with Mourinho’s tactics, Inter Milan went to the final by winning that match 3-2. Diego Milito’s pair of goals help Inter Milan to beat Bayern Munich and win the Treble.
F.C. Bayern Munich (2012-13), (2019-2020)
In the previous season, the Bavarians lost to Chelsea in a tiebreaker in front of their fan at the Allianz Arena. But Bayern Munich came back the next season with great strength and won the Treble.
In the Bundesliga, Jupp Heynckes’ side champion by beat every opponent and score 25 points higher than Dortmund. In the DFB-Pokal final Robben, Ribery team beat VfL Wolfsburg by 3-2 goal.
In the semi-final of the Champions League, Bayern Munich beat Barcelona with total 7-0 goals in first and second leg . Then Bayern face another German club Dortmund in the final. With Arjen Robben’s last-minute goal they also won the final by 2-1. Which made Bayern Munich seventh Treble winning club and the last Treble winning club so far.
Bayern Munich 2019-2020 treble-winning history and statistics
Title won : Champions League | Bundesliga | German Cup
During the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic, football goes through a hard time. But after a long gap at last Uefa champions league final arranged without any audience. For the first time in Champions League history, Bayern Munich wins its every match towards the title. Bayern Munich wins 11 consecutive matches in a row in Champions League competition.
- Coach Hansi Flick starts his first season with a remarkable treble-winning for Bayern Munich.
- Hans-Dieter Flick is the sixth Treble winner coach in history and 4th as a German coach to win the title in the UEFA Champions League.
- Bayern Munich wins the Champions League title for the 6th time. Only Real Madrid with 13 trophies and AC Milan with 7 trophies ahead of them.
- Bayern is the second team after Barcelona to win the European treble twice.
- Five of Bayern player celebrates “Double treble” for the team. Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, David Alaba, Jérôme Boateng and Javi Martínez are those fortunate.
- Bayern Munich won their 25 matches and draw 1 out of 26 matches in 2020.
- They also won 21 consecutive matches in all competitions as a german club.
- Bayern ended the UEFA season with 500 goals and achieved third place after Real Madrid (567) and Barcelona (517) goals In UEFA Champions League history.
- German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer set a record of a clean sheet both in World Cup final and Champions League final.
- Bayern Munich (11 times) is the second team after Real Madrid (16 times) to play most UEFA Champions League finals.
- Robert Lewandowski is the first UCL top scorer (15 goals) for any german club. He was also very phenomenal with 55 goals and ten assists in this 2020 season.
Conclusion – Winning the treble
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