History Awesome / UEFAChampionsLeague

4th Jun '17 5:26:36 AM DarcyFoster
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* In 1978, Nottingham Forest won the First Division[[note]]what the top flight in English football was called before 1992[[/note]] and therefore represented them in the European Cup (as it was then). In their first appearance, they went on to win the trophy, therefore being allowed to take part the following season... when they went on to successfully defend their title. Their 1978 title was the first and only time they had won the league title - making them the only team to have won the European Cup/Champions League more times than their domestic league.
5th Apr '17 8:38:23 AM AndyLA
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* Ludogorets, a Bulgarian minnow club, had awesome moments of their own in 2014. In the playoff round against Steaua Bucuresti, goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off in extra time, forcing defender Cosmin Moti to stand in net for the penalty shootout. He saved two shots in front of the home crowd to send Ludogorets to the group stages for the first time in their history. The Cinderella story continued in group play, when they beat Basel 1-0 and put real scares in giants Real Madrid and Liverpool.

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* Ludogorets, a Bulgarian minnow club, had awesome moments of their own in 2014. In the playoff round against Romanians Steaua Bucuresti, goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off in extra time, forcing defender Cosmin Moti to stand in net for the penalty shootout. He saved two shots in front of the home crowd to send Ludogorets to the group stages for the first time in their history. The Cinderella story continued in group play, when they beat Basel 1-0 and put real scares in giants Real Madrid and Liverpool.
12th Mar '17 6:50:03 PM AndyLA
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* The 2017 Round of 16 two-leg affair between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain turned out to be one. In the first match at Parc des Princes, PSG trampled the Catalans 4-0. It's all said and done, and the next game will only be a formality, right? '''WRONG.''' The following month, Barça welcomes their opponents at Camp Nou and proceeds to rack a 3-1 win, two minutes from the final whistle, too little too late... Oh, look, Neymar scored, it's 4-1 now... Still not enough in aggregate. The referee gives five minutes of added time, and then... ''Penalty for Barcelona at the first minute of stoppages!'' Neymar scores and it's 5-1... That draws level on aggregate, but then there's away goal rule so that's still no good. The final whistle's ever closer... ''Foul for Barça at the final minute of stoppages, and it's near the box!'' Sergi Roberto steps up, hits it and... '''6-1!!! The exact score the Azulgrana needed to beat PSG to the quarter finals!!!''' That's right, in the dying moments of the return match Barcelona managed to ''completely overturn a near-impossible disadvantage.''
1st Mar '17 8:15:38 AM AhBengI
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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 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 Dudek saved two penalties and a third missed the goalmouth to give Liverpool a 3-2 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".
** To add to the awesome factor, the 2005 win was Liverpool's fifth, making them the first (and last) English club to be given the trophy permanently.[[note]] From 1969-2009, UEFA rules stated that a club was allowed to keep the trophy permanently (a new one would be struck for the following year) if they won either five times total or three years running. The other clubs to have won the trophy permanently are Real Madrid (1960), Ajax Amsterdam (1973), Bayern Munich (1976), and AC Milan (1994).[[/note]] Moreover, Liverpool had very nearly failed to progress past the group stage in the competition, needing to beat Olympiacos Piraeus of Greece by two clear goals in their final group match and only scoring the deciding goal in the last ten minutes.

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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 and as matters stood, would not qualify for the next season's competition, having finished fifth in the Premiership.Premier League. 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 saved 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 Dudek saved two penalties and a third missed the goalmouth to give Liverpool a 3-2 win.win on penalties. 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".
** To add to the awesome factor, the 2005 win was Liverpool's fifth, making them the first (and last) English club to be given the trophy permanently.[[note]] From 1969-2009, UEFA rules stated that a club was allowed to keep the trophy permanently (a new one would be struck for the following year) if they won either five times total or three years running. Since 2009 however, the trophy remains with UEFA at all times, with the winner receiving a replica to keep. The other clubs to have won the trophy permanently are Real Madrid (1960), Ajax Amsterdam (1973), Bayern Munich (1976), and AC Milan (1994).[[/note]] Moreover, Liverpool had very nearly failed to progress past the group stage in the competition, needing to beat Olympiacos Piraeus of Greece by two clear goals in their final group match and only scoring the deciding goal in the last ten minutes.86th minute.
22nd Jun '16 9:13:03 PM mlsmithca
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* The 2016 final was a repeat of the one from two years before, with Real Madrid facing Atléetico de Madrid. Real Madrid scored early in the game with a goal from Sergio Ramos (who was probably off-side, although it is not clear if he actually touches the ball). When Real thought they had won, suddenly came Belgian-born Yannick Carrasco in minute 79 to equalize after a fantastic pass by Juanfran (Atlético got a chance to do it earlier, but Griezmann marred a penalty kick). The extra time shows both teams doing their best to score, but it is the penalties that give the triumph to Real Madrid, who got here their ''eleventh'' victory.

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* The 2016 final was a repeat of the one from two years before, with Real Madrid facing Atléetico Atlético de Madrid. Real Madrid scored early in the game with a goal from Sergio Ramos (who was probably off-side, although it is not clear if he actually touches touched the ball). When Real thought they had won, suddenly came Belgian-born Yannick Carrasco in the 79th minute 79 to equalize after a fantastic pass by Juanfran (Atlético got a chance to do it earlier, but Griezmann marred a penalty kick). The extra Extra time shows showed both teams doing their best to score, but it is the was penalties that give gave the triumph to Real Madrid, who got here their ''eleventh'' victory.
28th May '16 4:11:18 PM Milarqui
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* The 2016 final was a repeat of the one from two years before, with Real Madrid facing Atléetico de Madrid. Real Madrid scored early in the game with a goal from Sergio Ramos (who was probably off-side, although it is not clear if he actually touches the ball). When Real thought they had won, suddenly came Belgian-born Yannick Carrasco in minute 79 to equalize after a fantastic pass by Juanfran (Atlético got a chance to do it earlier, but Griezmann marred a penalty kick). The extra time shows both teams doing their best to score, but it is the penalties that give the triumph to Real Madrid, who got here their ''eleventh'' victory.
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.
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