GALLERY: From Marseille to Real Madrid – How every UCL winner has failed to retain their crown

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14th May 2015

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GALLERY: From Marseille to Real Madrid – How every UCL winner has failed to retain their crown

Marseille: After defeating Milan and becoming the first Champions League holders, the French side couldn’t defend their title as they were embroiled with a match-fixing scandal.

Marseille: After defeating Milan and becoming the first Champions League holders, the French side couldn’t defend their title as they were embroiled with a match-fixing...

Milan: The Italian giants were one step from defending their Champions League title as they faced Ajax in the final a yer after lifting the trophy. Ajax won 1-0.

Milan: The Italian giants were one step from defending their Champions League title as they faced Ajax in the final a yer after lifting the...

Ajax: Just like Milan, Ajax went all the way to the Champions League final the year after they won it, meeting Juventus. The Italian team won on penalties.

Ajax: Just like Milan, Ajax went all the way to the Champions League final the year after they won it, meeting Juventus. The Italian team...

Juventus: Yet another team that was so close to defending the CL title. Juventus battled Borussia Dortmund in the final, but were eventually beaten 3-1.

Juventus: Yet another team that was so close to defending the CL title. Juventus battled Borussia Dortmund in the final, but were eventually beaten 3-1.

Borussia Dortmund: After conquering Turin, BVB were eliminated by eventual winners Real Madrid in the semi-finals (2-0 on aggregate).

Borussia Dortmund: After conquering Turin, BVB were eliminated by eventual winners Real Madrid in the semi-finals (2-0 on aggregate).

Real Madrid: Winning their first European title in 32 years, Madrid were eager to win it back-to-back, but were eliminated by Dynamo Kiev in the quarter-finals.

Real Madrid: Winning their first European title in 32 years, Madrid were eager to win it back-to-back, but were eliminated by Dynamo Kiev in the...

Manchester United: After their famous comeback against Bayern in the Camp Nou, United couldn’t replicate that form and were ousted by eventual winners Real Madrid in the quarters.

Manchester United: After their famous comeback against Bayern in the Camp Nou, United couldn’t replicate that form and were ousted by eventual winners Real Madrid...

Real Madrid: Real were eliminated by another eventual winner, Bayern Munich, in the semi-final.

Real Madrid: Real were eliminated by another eventual winner, Bayern Munich, in the semi-final.

Bayern Munich: After beating Valencia on penalties the year before, Bayern couldn’t retain the title and were beaten by Real Madrid in the quarter finals.

Bayern Munich: After beating Valencia on penalties the year before, Bayern couldn’t retain the title and were beaten by Real Madrid in the quarter finals.

Real Madrid: Another chance to defend the CL title was blown by the Spanish side, as they were defeated by Juventus 3-4 on aggregate in the quarter finals.

Real Madrid: Another chance to defend the CL title was blown by the Spanish side, as they were defeated by Juventus 3-4 on aggregate in...

Milan: In what was one of the biggest comebacks in football history, Milan were eliminated by Deportivo La Coruna in the quarter finals.

Milan: In what was one of the biggest comebacks in football history, Milan were eliminated by Deportivo La Coruna in the quarter finals.

Porto: After winning the title with Jose Mourinho, the Dragons were downed by Inter Milan in the first knockout round.

Porto: After winning the title with Jose Mourinho, the Dragons were downed by Inter Milan in the first knockout round.

Liverpool: The magic that took place in Istanbul failed to inspire Liverpool to retain the CL title as they were knocked out by Benfica in the first knockout round.

Liverpool: The magic that took place in Istanbul failed to inspire Liverpool to retain the CL title as they were knocked out by Benfica in...

Barcelona: The Catalan club couldn’t get the title back as they were eliminated by Liverpool.

Barcelona: The Catalan club couldn’t get the title back as they were eliminated by Liverpool.

Milan: After getting their revenge on Liverpool, the Italians were outclassed by Arsenal in the first knockout stage.

Milan: After getting their revenge on Liverpool, the Italians were outclassed by Arsenal in the first knockout stage.

Manchester United: Man united went all the way to final, but Barcelona proved to be too much for the English side as they lost 2-0.

Manchester United: Man united went all the way to final, but Barcelona proved to be too much for the English side as they lost 2-0.

Barcelona: Were ousted by Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in semi-finals. (3-2 on aggregate).

Barcelona: Were ousted by Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in semi-finals. (3-2 on aggregate).

Inter Milan: After conquering Italy and Europe, Inter fell foul of Schalke in the quarter finals.

Inter Milan: After conquering Italy and Europe, Inter fell foul of Schalke in the quarter finals.

Barcelona: The Catalan club couldn’t defeat Chelsea as the eventual CL champions prevailed in the semis.

Barcelona: The Catalan club couldn’t defeat Chelsea as the eventual CL champions prevailed in the semis.

Chelsea: The English side was eliminated in the group stage, thus becoming the first holders to leave the competition at this stage.

Chelsea: The English side was eliminated in the group stage, thus becoming the first holders to leave the competition at this stage.

Bayern Munich: Munich looked destined to win the CL back-to-back after a historic treble, but were heavily beaten by Real Madrid, losing 5-0 on aggregate.

Bayern Munich: Munich looked destined to win the CL back-to-back after a historic treble, but were heavily beaten by Real Madrid, losing 5-0 on aggregate.

Real Madrid: The Spanish side couldn't overcome a resilient Juventus side and were eliminated by the Italian champions.

Real Madrid: The Spanish side couldn't overcome a resilient Juventus side and were eliminated by the Italian champions.