The record-breaking European club campaigns

Liverpool and Salzburg rewrote the UEFA club competition record books with their marathon campaigns last term, setting marks other teams can hope to beat this time around.

By scoring twice in their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg at Roma last May, Liverpool eclipsed Barcelona’s record of 45 goals in a single European season, set 18 years ago. However, following that 4-2 loss in Rome, the English team could no longer emulate Espanyol’s record of a 15-game unbeaten UEFA club campaign.

Meanwhile Salzburg’s 20-match European run, taking in UEFA Champions League qualifying and progress to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, equalled the longest UEFA club season recorded by Bordeaux, Villarreal (each including UEFA Intertoto Cup and UEFA Cup) and more recently Basel in 2012/13, by a similar method to Salzburg.

Twenty-three teams (including Ajax, Bordeaux, Celtic and Sevilla) enter the group stage of either club competition able to surpass that mark, either by reaching a final or in 14 cases, making the UEFA Europa League semis (alternatively they would match it as quarter-finalists). looks at the single-season and overall record holders for the main UEFA men’s club competitions.

Could total 23 games this season: Apollon Limassol, Astana, Celtic, Crvena zvezda*, Dudelange, København, Malmö, Ludogorets, Qarabağ, Rangers, Rosenborg, Sarpsborg, Spartak Trnava, Vidi

Could total 21 games this season: Ajax*, BATE Borisov, Beşiktaş, Bordeaux, Dinamo Zagreb, Genk, PAOK, RB Leipzig, Sevilla

*Would have to finish third in UEFA Champions League group and reach UEFA Europa League final.

All competitions

Liverpool's prolific run last season

Liverpool’s prolific run last season

Single season
Most goals: 47 Liverpool (2017/18)
Most wins: 17 Atlético Madrid (2011/12)
Most games in unbeaten season: 15 Espanyol (2006/07)
Most games played: 20 Basel (2012/13), Bordeaux (1995/96), Salzburg (2017/18), Villarreal (2005/06)

Most goals: 1,110 Real Madrid
Most wins: 303 Real Madrid
Most games played: 518 Real Madrid
Most titles: 15 Real Madrid
Most participations: 61 Real Madrid

(includes European Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup UEFA Intertoto Cup; playing in more than one competition in a season counts as one overall participation)

European Cup/UEFA Champions League

Barcelona won 13 games in 2002/03

Barcelona won 13 games in 2002/03©Getty Images

Single season
Most goals: 47 Liverpool (2017/18)
Most wins: 13 Barcelona (2002/03)
Most games in unbeaten season: 13 Barcelona (2005/06), Manchester United (1998/99 2007/08)
Most games played: 19 AC Milan (2002/03), Bayer Leverkusen (2001/02), Valencia (1999/2000 2000/01)

Most goals: 942 Real Madrid
Most wins: 254 Real Madrid
Most games played: 423 Real Madrid
Most titles: 13 Real Madrid
Most participations: 48 Real Madrid

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League

No one could beat Espanyol over 90 or 120 minutes in 2006/07

No one could beat Espanyol over 90 or 120 minutes in 2006/07©Getty Images

Single season
Most goals: 44 Porto (2010/11)
Most wins: 17 Atlético Madrid (2011/012)
Most games in unbeaten season: 15 Espanyol (2006/07)
Most games played: 19 Atlético Madrid (2011/12)

Most goals: 294 Club Brugge
Most wins: 89 Internazionale Milano
Most games played: 181 Internazionale Milano
Most titles: 5 Sevilla
Most participations: 31 Sporting CP

European/UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

Single season
Most goals: 36 Sporting CP (1963/64)
Most wins: 8 Dynamo Kyiv (1975/76), Paris Saint-Germain (1995/96)
Most games in unbeaten season: 10 AC Milan (1967/68)
Most games played: 12 Sporting CP (1963/64)

Most goals: 178 Barcelona
Most wins: 50 Barcelona
Most games played: 85 Barcelona
Most titles: 4 Barcelona
Most participations: 14 Cardiff City

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