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Top five teams with most FA Cup final appearances in history

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The prestigious competition has a long history with several major clubs achieving consistent success.

The FA Cup is one of the oldest cup competitions in the world. It is the largest domestic cup competition for football teams in the United Kingdom. For years, many Premier League teams have won the competition, despite the recent perception that the tournament has become less important for the top clubs. The reality is that the FA Cup has a very special place in British football.

It gives lower level football clubs the opportunity to compete against top level teams. Typical FA Cup days are all about an underdog team beating a Premier League side against all odds. That said, Premier League teams have dominated the competition. The current edition will see Chelsea and Liverpool face each other in the final, with much anticipation.

Looking at the history of the competition, these two teams have repeatedly reached the finals. But are these the most successful teams in the tournament’s history? The answer lies in the following list of five teams with the most FA Cup final appearances:

5. Newcastle United and Everton – 13

Newcastle United and Everton both have 13 last appearances in the FA Cup. It is interesting to know that both teams are currently stuck in the lower places in the Premier League. However, both clubs are major institutions with a rich history in English football.

While Newcastle United have won the competition six times, Everton have five victories to their name. Given their current problems, it could be a few more years before either of these two clubs reach another final or win an FA Cup edition.

4. Liverpool – 15

The Reds last won the FA Cup in 2006 (courtesy of Anfield Independent)

Liverpool reached the FA Cup final fifteen times. The Reds are one of the most successful teams in English football. They have also won the UEFA Champions League six times, the most for any English team.

When it comes to winning the FA Cup, Liverpool are among the best. The Merseyside team has won the competition a total of seven times. Their last win was in 2006 and their last final appearance was in 2012.

3.Chelsea – 16

Chelsea will stand in Liverpool’s way in the FA Cup final on May 14, 2022. The Blues confirmed their 16th last appearance by beating Crystal Palace to set up a mouth-watering clash with Jurgen Klopp’s men. Thomas Tuchel’s team also reached the final last year, but lost the title to Leicester City.

Chelsea will be hoping to get their hands on silverware after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Real Madrid. The Premier League will most likely also go the way of Liverpool or Manchester City. Winning the FA Cup brings a huge boost to the London club, who have won the cup eight times before.

1. Arsenal – 21

Arsenal are the most successful team when it comes to the FA Cup. The Gunners have reached the final 21 times. They have also won the competition fourteen times, which is the most of any team. Their last final appearance was in the 2019/20 edition, when they became champions by beating Chelsea.

The London club, led by former player Mikel Arteta, defeated its city rival 2-1. However, this year the Gunners were eliminated in the third round by Nottingham Forest, who play in the second tier of English football.

1.Manchester United – 22

Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace to win the 2016 FA Cup (Courtesy: CNN)

Manchester United may be struggling to live up to its reputation today, but the club remains one of the most successful teams in England. The Red Devils have reached the FA Cup final twenty times. They are one of only two teams to reach the finals twenty or more times. Furthermore, MUFC has won the competition twelve times, also the second best result in the history of the competition.

Manchester United’s last final appearance was in 2018, when the club lost to Chelsea. The last FA Cup win for the club came during the 2015/16 season, when they defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 in the final after extra time. The Red Devils reached their 22nd FA Cup final after a thrilling win over Coventry City. They top the charts when it comes to the most FA Cup final appearances.

**This article was last updated on April 21, 2024.

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