Real Madrid - Atlético de Madrid

Five successive Champions League semi-finals


NEWS | 23/04/2015 | Antonio M. Leal

This is the second time in history Real Madrid have achieved this feat in the European Cup.
Real Madrid are Champions League semi-finalists for a fifth straight season, a feat the team had not accomplished since 1960. During that previous run the Whites cemented their legendary status in the European Cup by winning the first five editions of the tournament. The club's next best streak of consecutive semi-finals is four, a number that was reached between the 1999/00 and the 2002/03 campaigns. 

To repeat the success of 55 years ago, Real Madrid have seen off Tottenham, APOEL, Galatasaray, Borussia Dortmund and Atlético in the last five quarter-final stages. Over the course of the European Cup's history, Real Madrid have reached the highest number of semi-finals of any team: 26.

Beating Atlético synonymous with winning the title
Ancelotti's men progress to the semi-finals after sending out Atlético. This edition of the European Cup threw up the third Madrid derby in the competition. In the two previous meetings between the sides, Real Madrid have been proclaimed champions. In 1959, the Whites sent Atlético packing in the semi-finals on their way to beating Stade Reims and winning la Cuarta. And the teams crossed paths again last season in an unforgettable final in Lisbon.