History Awesome / UEFAChampionsLeague

4th May '16 5:45:44 AM Milarqui
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** In the last minutes, Real Madrid's goalkeeper, César Sánchez got injured and had to be subbed by Iker Casillas, who had barely played during the season. In those last minutes, Casillas saved several clear goal opportunities by Leverkusen as the German team assaulted him. This, and other later games, led to his nickname, "The Saint".
10th Apr '16 3:50:19 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* The 2005 final, AC Milan vs. Liverpool. AC Milan had won the tournament two years previously and entered the final overwhelming favourites with a side that featured seven players who had been named in the previous year's FIFA 100; Liverpool, who had no FIFA 100 players on their roster, had not won the tournament since 1984. AC Milan took the lead in the first minute of the match and completely outplayed Liverpool to finish the first half with a 3-0 lead. Eight minutes into the second half, Liverpool managed to score three goals in six minutes (including a rebound from a missed penalty) and held their ground through extra time to force a penalty shootout, in which Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek saved two penalties and a third missed the goalmouth to give Liverpool a 3-2 win. The match has since become known by Liverpool fans as "The Miracle of Istanbul".

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* The 2005 final, AC Milan vs. Liverpool. AC Milan had won the tournament two years previously and entered the final overwhelming favourites with a side that featured seven players who had been named in the previous year's FIFA 100; Liverpool, who had no FIFA 100 players on their roster, had not won the tournament since 1984.1984 and as matters stood, would not qualify for the next season's competition, having finished fifth in the Premiership. To make matters worse, Steven Gerrard, their captain and best player, was on the point of being bought by Chelsea. AC Milan took the lead in the first minute of the match and completely outplayed Liverpool to finish the first half with a 3-0 lead. Eight minutes into the second half, Liverpool managed to score three goals in six minutes (including a rebound from a missed penalty) and held their ground through extra time (something which included an astonishing double save from Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko by Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, which was later voted the greatest Champions League moment of all time) to force a penalty shootout, in which Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy which Dudek saved two penalties and a third missed the goalmouth to give Liverpool a 3-2 win.win. UEFA gave them special dispensation to play in the Champions League the next season (albeit by coming through qualifying) and Gerrard signed a new contract at Liverpool. The match has since become known by Liverpool fans as "The Miracle of Istanbul".


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** Two years later, the two teams met once more in the 2007 final, after Liverpool had beaten the likes of Barcelona (at the Nou Camp, no less) to get there, and Milan got their revenge in a 2-1 victory.
12th Jan '16 11:10:20 PM mlsmithca
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** In 2015, Barcelona once again came within one trophy of repeating their feat of 2009, winning La Liga by two points over second-placed Real Madrid, the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao, the UEFA Champions League in a 3-1 win against Juventus of Italy, the UEFA Super Cup with a 5-4 extra time win against fellow Spanish club Sevilla, and the FIFA World Club Cup in a 3-0 triumph over Argentinian side River Plate. Only the Supercopa de España eluded them, as Athletic Bilbao exacted revenge for their Copa del Rey defeat with a 5-1 aggregate win. This time, there were ''three'' South American strikers leading the way in Lionel Messi, Neymar of Brazil, and Luis Suárez of Uruguay; between them, they scored 81 goals in La Liga,[[note]] Messi scored 43, Neymar 22, and Suárez 16; none of them were the division's leading scorer, an honour that once again went to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, with 48 goals.[[/note]] all three goals in the Copa del Rey final,[[note]] Two for Messi, one for Neymar.[[/note]] two goals in the Champions League final,[[note]] One each for Neymar and Suárez.[[/note]] three goals in the UEFA Super Cup final,[[note]] Two for Messi, one for Suárez.[[/note]] and all three goals in the World Club Cup final,[[note]] One for Messi, two for Suárez.[[/note]] and accumulated several Man of the Match awards in the various finals.

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** In 2015, Barcelona once again came within one trophy of repeating their feat of 2009, winning La Liga by two points over second-placed Real Madrid, the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao, the UEFA Champions League in a 3-1 win against Juventus of Italy, the UEFA Super Cup with a 5-4 extra time win against fellow Spanish club Sevilla, and the FIFA World Club Cup in a 3-0 triumph over Argentinian side River Plate. Only the Supercopa de España eluded them, as Athletic Bilbao exacted revenge for their Copa del Rey defeat with a 5-1 aggregate win. This time, there were ''three'' South American strikers leading the way in Lionel Messi, Neymar of Brazil, and Luis Suárez of Uruguay; between them, they scored 81 goals in La Liga,[[note]] Messi scored 43, Neymar 22, and Suárez 16; none of them were the division's leading scorer, an honour that once again went to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, with 48 goals.[[/note]] all three goals in the Copa del Rey final,[[note]] Two for Messi, one for Neymar.[[/note]] two goals in the Champions League final,[[note]] One each for Neymar and Suárez.[[/note]] three goals in the UEFA Super Cup final,[[note]] Two for Messi, one for Suárez.[[/note]] and all three goals in the World Club Cup final,[[note]] One for Messi, two for Suárez.[[/note]] and accumulated several Man of the Match awards in the various finals. Messi's performances on the pitch made him the first two-time winner of the UEFA European Player of the Year and earned him a fourth FIFA Ballon d'Or.[[note]] Suárez finished second in the final round of voting for European Player of the Year, while Neymar finished third in the voting for the Ballon d'Or.[[/note]]
20th Dec '15 7:29:43 AM mlsmithca
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** In 2015, Barcelona, now spearheaded by three South American strikers in Lionel Messi, Uruguay's Luis Suárez, and Brazil's Neymar, once again came within one trophy of repeating their feat of 2009, winning La Liga by two points over second-placed Real Madrid, the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao, the UEFA Champions League in a 3-1 win against Juventus of Italy, the UEFA Super Cup with a 5-4 extra time win against fellow Spanish club Sevilla, and the FIFA World Club Cup in a 3-0 triumph over Argentinian side River Plate. Only the Supercopa de España eluded them, as Athletic Bilbao exacted revenge for their Copa del Rey defeat with a 5-1 aggregate win.

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** In 2015, Barcelona, now spearheaded by three South American strikers in Lionel Messi, Uruguay's Luis Suárez, and Brazil's Neymar, Barcelona once again came within one trophy of repeating their feat of 2009, winning La Liga by two points over second-placed Real Madrid, the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao, the UEFA Champions League in a 3-1 win against Juventus of Italy, the UEFA Super Cup with a 5-4 extra time win against fellow Spanish club Sevilla, and the FIFA World Club Cup in a 3-0 triumph over Argentinian side River Plate. Only the Supercopa de España eluded them, as Athletic Bilbao exacted revenge for their Copa del Rey defeat with a 5-1 aggregate win. This time, there were ''three'' South American strikers leading the way in Lionel Messi, Neymar of Brazil, and Luis Suárez of Uruguay; between them, they scored 81 goals in La Liga,[[note]] Messi scored 43, Neymar 22, and Suárez 16; none of them were the division's leading scorer, an honour that once again went to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, with 48 goals.[[/note]] all three goals in the Copa del Rey final,[[note]] Two for Messi, one for Neymar.[[/note]] two goals in the Champions League final,[[note]] One each for Neymar and Suárez.[[/note]] three goals in the UEFA Super Cup final,[[note]] Two for Messi, one for Suárez.[[/note]] and all three goals in the World Club Cup final,[[note]] One for Messi, two for Suárez.[[/note]] and accumulated several Man of the Match awards in the various finals.
20th Dec '15 7:17:04 AM mlsmithca
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** In 2015, Barcelona, now spearheaded by three South American strikers in Lionel Messi, Uruguay's Luis Suárez, and Brazil's Neymar, once again came within one trophy of repeating their feat of 2009, winning La Liga by two points over second-placed Real Madrid, the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao, the UEFA Champions League in a 3-1 win against Juventus of Italy, the UEFA Super Cup with a 5-4 extra time win against fellow Spanish club Sevilla, and the FIFA World Club Cup in a 3-0 triumph over Argentinian side River Plate. Only the Supercopa de España eluded them, as Athletic Bilbao exacted revenge for their Copa del Rey defeat with a 5-1 aggregate win.
8th Dec '15 2:40:30 PM mlsmithca
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* Celtic's win over Inter Milan in the 1967 final (the first European Cup win for a British club) was considered not just a CMOA for Celtic, but a victory for football (with Inter Milan's manager even saying that), with Celtic's attacking power overcoming Inter Milan's Catenaccio (a more defensive system) and overturning a 1-0 deficit to win the trophy. Also a CMOA for Scottish football; all eleven Celtic players and manager Jock Stein were born within 30 miles of Glasgow (in fact, with the exception of Ayrshire native Bobby Lennox, they were all from what would be considered the greater Glasgow area). That same year, Celtic also won the Scottish League, the Scottish League Cup, the Scottish Cup, and the Glasgow Cup, a grand slam unparalleled in British football.[[note]] Manchester United came closest in 1999, but were knocked out of the League Cup quarter-final by eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur.[[/note]]

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* Celtic's win over Inter Milan in the 1967 final (the first European Cup win for a British club) was considered not just a CMOA for Celtic, but a victory for football (with Inter Milan's manager even saying that), with Celtic's attacking power overcoming Inter Milan's Catenaccio (a more defensive system) and overturning a 1-0 deficit to win the trophy. Also a CMOA for Scottish football; all eleven Celtic players and manager Jock Stein were born within 30 miles of Glasgow (in fact, with the exception of Ayrshire native Bobby Lennox, they were all from what would be considered the greater Glasgow area). That same year, Celtic also won the Scottish League, the Scottish League Cup, the Scottish Cup, and the Glasgow Cup, a grand slam unparalleled in British football.[[note]] Liverpool came close in 1984 by winning the League, the League Cup, and the European Cup, but were knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round by Brighton and Hove Albion; Manchester United came closest similarly close in 1999, 1999 by winning the League, the FA Cup, and the Champions' League, but were knocked out of the League Cup quarter-final by eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur.[[/note]]
18th Nov '15 10:52:12 PM crl85
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** Clive Tyldesley's call of the winning goal on ITV was awesome: "Beckham, into Sheringham, '''''AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT!"'''''
18th Oct '15 9:18:33 PM EthersBane
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** And to top it off, that victory [[http://www.football.co.uk/barcelona/barca-success-caused-a-baby-boom-study/4535391/#qqBeitOP5k1iUfoO.97 caused a baby boom in Catalonia]].
14th Aug '15 2:12:27 AM toyyibr
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* The 1999 final, Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich. Bayern scored first, in the 6th minute, and after the standard 90 minutes had elapsed, it looked like it was all over bar the shouting. United then goes on to score two goals, in '''injury time''', to win the match and the championship - literally at the last possible moment. UEFA president Lennart Johansson had left the stands a few minutes before United equalised, and did not see either goal. When he walked out with the trophy, he said, "It cannot be. The winners are crying and the losers are dancing."

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* The 1999 final, Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich. Bayern scored first, in the 6th minute, and after the standard 90 minutes had elapsed, it looked like it was all over bar the shouting. United then goes on to score two goals, in '''injury time''', '''[[DownToTheLastPlay injury time]]''', to win the match and the championship - literally at the last possible moment. UEFA president Lennart Johansson had left the stands a few minutes before United equalised, and did not see either goal. When he walked out with the trophy, he said, "It cannot be. The winners are crying and the losers are dancing."
11th Mar '15 3:25:31 PM Rytex
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* 2015 Round of 16, Second leg of Chelsea vs. Paris Saint Germain. Midway through the first half, Oscar dives close to Zlatan, who is sent off with a straight red. PSG are down to 10 men. Chelsea score in the 79', but PSG equalize in the 85'. Game proceeds to extra time on a 2-2 aggregate. Chelsea scored early, 3-2. Second half of ET. Thiago Silva puts in a goal in the 114' and the game ends 2-2. Due to PSG scoring 2 at Chelsea, with Chelsea only scoring 1 at PSG, PSG advances on away goals.
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