Euro 2020 Special

Liverpool to Arsenal: Most Successful Teams In FA Cup History

The Football Association Challenge Cup is the oldest national football competition in the world. Since its inaugural season in 1871, thousands of teams have competed in the annual knockout tournament. But only 43 different teams have won the FA Cup and almost all of them from the top two tiers of English football.

As Leicester City and Chelsea gear up to face each other in the FA Cup final at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday, we take a look at the most successful teams in the history of the tournament:


The Reds boast a record 18 English League trophies to their name, but they fall short when it comes to knockout competitions. 

Liverpool’s first FA Cup honours came in 1965 against the then-dominant Leeds United. Since then, the Reds have taken part in 13 finals, but have been able to manage victories on just six occasions. 

Their last Cup victory was all the way back in 2006 when Steven Gerrard’s goals managed to ensure a thrilling 3-3 draw against West Ham, which the Reds later won on penalties. Liverpool entered the finals once again in 2012, but they lost to Chelsea 2-1 in the final.


The Lilywhites might not boast League honours like the other ‘Big Six’ clubs of English football, but they have an impressive record in the FA Cup. Tottenham have won in eight of their nine final appearances, the most successful win percentage among the teams in this list. 

But much of that glory came in the early years of the club – with three of their eight Cup trophies belonging to the 60s. 

The last time the Spurs won the FA Cup was in 1991 when they beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 to clinch the title. Tottenham fans continue to endure a long wait for their club to win a trophy – League or Cup, since the start of the Premier League.

#3: CHELSEA – 8

While the Spurs continue their title drought, their London rivals have amassed them aplenty in the past two decades. 

The Blues are one of the most successful teams in English football since the start of the Premier League as seven of their eight FA Cup titles came after 1997. The first Cup for Chelsea was back in 1970 when they had to fight Leeds United in a brutal four-hour game to earn their title.

Chelsea’s latest success in the competition was in 2018 when they defeated old rivals Manchester United 1-0 in the finals. 

Chelsea have rediscovered their mettle under Thomas Tuchel, and they will be eager to add one more FA Cup to their trophy cabinet when they meet Leicester City on Saturday.


Manchester United’s exploits in the history of English football need no introduction under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, as the Old Trafford side have become one of the most successful teams in the world. 

The Red Devils claimed their first FA Cup in 1909 but had to wait almost half a century to win another. Their dominance in English football was only established during the last two decades of the twentieth century, when they won five of their 12 titles.

The Red Devils, however, failed to effectively translate their dominance of Premier League into FA Cup glory since they have won just two titles in the knockout tournament since 2000. 

Their last title run in the competition was under Louis Van Gaal when they defeated Crystal Palace in a 2-1 extra-time victory in the finals.

#1: ARSENAL – 14

It is no surprise that The Gunners are the most decorated side in FA Cup history. Under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal were one of the best teams in the world – which coincided with Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at Manchester United. 

The rivalry between both teams is well known, and while the Red Devils boast a superior record in the League, the Gunners have been more successful in the Cup.

Arsenal first lifted the trophy in 1936 but then waited until 1950 to get their hands on the trophy once more. 

It was under Arsene Wenger that the club won a record seven FA Cup trophies, the highest for any manager. Arsenal have appeared in 21 finals, which is also the highest for any team. Arsenal were also the defending champions in the current season, having won the 2020 FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over the Blues. But their title defence came to an early end when they were eliminated in the fourth round by Southampton due to Gabriel’s own goal.




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