Founded in 1980 as the Arab Club Champions Cup, the tournament was held alongside the Arab Cup Winners' Cup and the Arab Super Cup throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, until the Cup Winners' Cup was merged with the Champions Cup in 2002 with the Super Cup therefore being discontinued. The tournament's first ever champions were Iraqi giants Al-Shorta , who defeated Lebanese side Al-Nejmeh in the final over two legs in 1982.  Saudi Arabian clubs have accumulated the most victories, with eight wins. The title has been won by 18 different clubs, seven of which have the title more than once. Since the tournament was merged with the Cup Winners' Cup, only ES Sétif of Algeria have managed consecutive wins, successfully defending their title in 2008. The reigning champions are Espérance de Tunis of Tunisia , who won the 2017 edition to became the joint-most successful club in the tournament's history alongside now-dissolved Iraqi club Al-Rasheed .