Real Madrid and Manchester United share a couple of very interesting records in the Champions League.
This season, Manchester United have extended their consecutive participation in the UEFA Champions League to eleven, a record in the competition. Bayern, PSV Eindhoven, Olympiakos and Real Madrid are making their tenth consecutive appearances, one ahead of Arsenal.
In qualifying for the 2005/06 knockout phase, Real Madrid equalled Manchester United’s record of nine consecutive seasons in advancing past the group stage. While Manchester United’s streak came to an end last season, Real Madrid have featured in the knockout phase every time since the 1996/97 campaign.
In those nine seasons, Manchester United won the competition once while they also advanced as far as the semi-finals twice, the quarter-finals four times and the first knockout round twice in the other eight seasons.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have won the competition three times in the last nine years while they advanced as far as the semi-finals twice and the quarter-finals twice. However, in the last two seasons their interest in the competition has ended at the first knockout round.
David Beckham is just one match away from completing 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying).
Ruud van Nistelrooy is just one goal away from completing 50 goals in Europe – and for the Arsenal fans keeping score, Henry is on 42.
Becks and Ruud are the only Manchester United personnel (former or current) to be this far ahead. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
Both clubs have played the most number of matches in the UEFA Champions league (since the competition took its present form in 1992/93).
Played (121), Won (67), Drawn (25) Lost (29) Goals Scored (235) Goals Conceded (138)
Played (117) Won (59) Drawn (31) Lost (27) Goals Scored (207) Goals Conceded (117)