Carsten Ramelow, Bernd Schneider and Oliver Neuville lost three finals in 2002:

  • DFB Pokal (2-4 to Schalke 04, with Leverkusen)
  • Champions League (1-2 to Real Madrid, with Leverkusen)
  • FIFA World Cup (0-2 to Brazil with Germany)

They even ended up on the 2nd place of the Bundesliga with Leverkusen in that year, but since the league doesn't have playoffs they didn't lose a final there.

Did anyone ever beat this unfortunate streak by losing more than 3 finals within one season?

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    Wikipedia article on treble [used to have](Treble (association football)) a section on "treble horror". You can find some past discussion about the removal on the talk page. However, this is different - since it includes finishing 2nd in the domestic league. – Martin Dec 19 '17 at 17:47
  • @Martin thanks for the link, but it shows only teams, so national team appearances are not included (like my example players losing the WC final as well as every other final with their club). – dly Dec 19 '17 at 21:54
  • the great Michael Ballack also. – SaiPavanParanam May 10 '18 at 17:47

Treble Horror

So named after Bayer Leverkusen's 2001-02 season, the term is reserved for a side that completes a 'runners-up' Treble - being losing finalists in the UEFA Champions League, primary domestic cup and runners-up in the domestic league. 'Treble Horror' has only occurred once in Europe, most notably to Bayer Leverkusen in 2002. In the German Bundesliga the team surrendered a five point lead at the top of the table over the last three games of the season to finish second behind Borussia Dortmund, lost the Champions League final 2–1 to Real Madrid, and lost the German domestic cup final 4–2 to Schalke 04. A lesser 'treble horror' occurred for Chelsea in 2007–2008. Chelsea lost the League Cup final to Tottenham Hotspur, came runners-up in the Premier League to Manchester United and lost the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final after a penalty shootout to Manchester United in Moscow on 21 May 2008. Michael Ballack who played for Chelsea in 2007–08 also played for Bayer Leverkusen in 2001–02. Outside Europe in the 2008-09 season Adelaide United suffered a 'Treble Horror', losing the AFC Champions League final to Gamba Osaka, and finished runners up in the A-League Premiership race while losing the A-League Grand Final to Melbourne Victory

Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Treble&oldid=279265732#Treble_Horror

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    This unfortunately doesn't answer the question. I asked about players suffering more than three lost finals, not counting the domestic league, unless it ends with playoffs. – dly Jan 17 at 11:33

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