History YMMV / UEFAChampionsLeague

7th Jun '18 10:52:08 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* HesBack: The 2017/18 season served as this for England's "Big Four" (or rather, "Big Five") of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool. After English teams dominated the Champions League between 2005 and 2012 (with an English winner, finalist, or both, every year except 2010), they only reached the semi-finals twice in the five years following, and in two of those years, didn't even get past the Round of 16, leading to rumours that the Premier League's UEFA coefficient, by which leagues are ranked, would drop enough for it to lose one of its four coveted Champions League places (awarded based on league placement). Cue 2017/18, when a record ''five'' English teams not only qualified for the Champions League (Manchester United qualifying via the Europa League), but cruised to the Round of 16, four winning their groups outright - in the case of Tottenham, a group containing defending champions Real Madrid, and German giants Borussia Dortmund, and in the case of Liverpool, breaking multiple goal-scoring records in the process (including two 7-0 victories), only narrowly outscored by PSG. Ultimately, only Manchester City and Liverpool advanced beyond the Round of 16; they were drawn against each other in the quarter-finals, with Liverpool winning 5-1 on aggregate to advance to their first semi-final in a decade.

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** Loris Karius, of Liverpool FC, made two catastrophic errors in the second half of the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid (it later emerged that he'd been concussed just before the first of those errors, in a clash with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos) that cost Liverpool the final (the final score was 3-1, and Real's other goal, an overhead kick by Gareth Bale, was generally held to be unstoppable), and afterwards went to the Liverpool supporters in floods of tears, apologising and begging forgiveness, which even his harshest critics conceded took courage and strength of character. The fans responded by singing a rousing rendition of the club's anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', and afterwards, the club and the rest of the players stepped in to protect him, with captain Jordan Henderson saying, "We win as a team, we lose as a team." A number of other teams, including Italian giants Inter Milan and Napoli, also offered their sympathies, as did a number of famous pro keepers, who'd walked a mile in Karius' shoes.
*** It was also notable for the way the Real players went over to comfort him rather than just celebrate, as Real star Cristiano Ronaldo had when Mohammed Salah had been injured earlier in the match and also gone off in tears, having been in the same position with his national team, Portugal, a couple of years before.
* HesBack: The 2017/18 season served as this for England's "Big Four" (or rather, "Big Five") of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool. After English teams dominated the Champions League between 2005 and 2012 (with an English winner, finalist, or both, every year except 2010), they only reached the semi-finals twice in the five years following, and in two of those years, didn't even get past the Round of 16, leading to rumours that the Premier League's UEFA coefficient, by which leagues are ranked, would drop enough for it to lose one of its four coveted Champions League places (awarded based on league placement). Cue 2017/18, when a record ''five'' English teams not only qualified for the Champions League (Manchester United qualifying via winning the Europa League), but cruised to the Round of 16, four winning their groups outright - in the case of Tottenham, a group containing defending champions Real Madrid, and German giants Borussia Dortmund, and in the case of Liverpool, breaking multiple goal-scoring records in the process (including two 7-0 victories), only narrowly outscored by PSG. Ultimately, only Manchester City and Liverpool advanced beyond the Round of 16; they were drawn against each other in the quarter-finals, with Liverpool winning 5-1 on aggregate to advance to their first semi-final in a decade.
7th Jun '18 8:53:24 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Commenting about which football players are dirty cheats who got away with their cheating ways or which football teams are getting some benefit from referee's decision is also this.
* MemeticMutation: Glory Stealing John Terry [[labelnote:Explanation]]After Chelsea won the 2012 final, John Terry celebrated in a full kit despite being banned for the game, thus giving the impression he had taken part in the game; coupled with Terry being the one to accept the trophy instead of the player who actually was the captain for the game, English fans have taken to photoshopping Terry (in full Chelsea kit) into images capturing famous victories he had nothing to do with.[[/labelnote]]

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** Commenting about which football players are dirty cheats who got away with their cheating ways or which football teams are getting some benefit from referee's decision is also this.
this. The most recent example being Sergio Ramos, whose tackle on Liverpool's Mohammed Salah in the 2018 final bore an uncanny resemblance to a banned Judo move, and who later 'accidentally' concussed Loris Karius, the Liverpool keeper, whose protests were ignored by the referee.
* KarmaHoudini: Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid's centre-back and captain, in the view of more or less everyone who doesn't support Real Madrid, after his antics in the 2017/18 final against Liverpool - tackling and injuring Mo Salah (Liverpool's Egyptian striker and biggest threat) in a fashion closely resembling a banned Judo move, and later concussing Loris Karius, the Liverpool goalkeeper, whose errors shortly afterwards were key in Madrid's victory, both of which he is entirely unrepentant for. A petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures is being dispatched to UEFA, demanding they investigate, and legal proceedings are being launched by an Egyptian lawyer, but it's generally doubted it'll come to much.
* MemeticMutation: Glory Stealing John Terry [[labelnote:Explanation]]After Chelsea won the 2012 final, John Terry celebrated in a full kit despite being banned for the game, thus giving the impression he had taken part in the game; match; coupled with Terry being the one to accept the trophy instead of the player who was actually was the captain for the game, English fans have taken to photoshopping Terry (in full Chelsea kit) into images capturing famous victories he had nothing to do with.[[/labelnote]]
29th May '18 3:08:02 PM Paulo_Farias
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* CurbstompBattle: For a competition of the continent's best, this happens more often than would generally be expected, for two reasons: ** First, the competition runs a vast spectrum of finance and player ability. While it includes some of the richest sports franchises on the planet from the so-called 'Big Five' Leagues (England's Premier League, France's Ligue 1, Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A, and Germany's Bundesliga), which unsurprisingly dominate the competition, it also includes the champions of nations as far off as Kazakhstan. This results in mismatches.

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* CurbstompBattle: For a competition of the continent's best, this happens more often than would generally be expected, for two reasons: reasons:
** First, the competition runs a vast spectrum of finance and player ability. While it includes some of the richest sports franchises on the planet from the so-called 'Big Five' Leagues (England's Premier League, France's Ligue 1, Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A, and Germany's Bundesliga), which unsurprisingly dominate the competition, it also includes the champions of nations as far off as Kazakhstan. This results in mismatches.
29th May '18 5:27:17 AM PresidentAlBundy
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*** And then there is Liverpool's Loris Karius and his howlers in the 2018 final. [[NeverLiveItDown He'll have a hard time living that one down]].
26th May '18 2:39:36 PM RobHas
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26th May '18 2:35:22 PM RobHas
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* InternetBackdraft: Comparing [[StrongAndSkilled Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo]] and [[TalentedButTrained Barcelona's Lionel Messi]] is a certain way to ignite FlameWar in any internet football forum.

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Comparing [[StrongAndSkilled Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo]] and [[TalentedButTrained Barcelona's Lionel Messi]] is a certain way to ignite FlameWar in any internet football forum.forum.
** Commenting about which football players are dirty cheats who got away with their cheating ways or which football teams are getting some benefit from referee's decision is also this.
26th May '18 2:28:02 PM RobHas
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* TheChessmaster: Every world class coaches who managed to guide their teams to become the European Champions multiple timea are this. Bob Paisley, Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane, the list goes on and on.

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* TheChessmaster: Every world class coaches who managed to guide their teams to become the European Champions multiple timea times are this. Bob Paisley, Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane, the list goes on and on.
26th May '18 2:26:55 PM RobHas
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* TheChessmaster: Every world class coaches who managed to guide their teams to become the European Champions multiple timea are this. Bob Paisley, Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane, the list goes on and on.
25th May '18 11:16:20 PM RobHas
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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: ''IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING.''
25th May '18 11:05:10 PM RobHas
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* [[TearJerker Tear Jerker]]: Given how this event is [[SeriousBusiness one of the greatest football tournament in the world]], anyone, players, coaches or fans would feel this way when their beloved team was eliminated. The pain would feel even worse if the said team [[SecondPlaceIsForLosers lost the final match]]. Of course, when one team was defeated, someone would be blamed for the loss, one way or another. Your legendary status won't always save you from the roasts.
** [[TheCaptain John Terry]] and [[TheDragon Iker Casillas]] are few examples. The former was a Chelsea defender [[NiceJobBreakingItHero who botched his penalty shot]] in the 2008 final match against Manchester United and was blamed for Chelsea's defeat despite Anelka being the one who failed his shot in the last bout. The latter was a Real Madrid goalkeeper who in 2009, despite his best effort, [[CurbstompBattle conceded five goals in two-legged match]] against Liverpool. It didn't help that he looked like the only one in Real Madrid squad saves for [[TheAce Raul]] who actually gave a damn about the match. Both of them got their happy ending since Chelsea won the trophy for the first time in 2012 while Real Madrid won in 2014, ending their Champions League "curse".

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* [[TearJerker Tear Jerker]]: Jerker]]:
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Given how this event is [[SeriousBusiness one of the greatest football tournament in the world]], anyone, players, coaches or fans would feel this way when their beloved team was eliminated. The pain would feel even worse if the said team [[SecondPlaceIsForLosers lost the final match]]. Of course, One of the most terrible example is the time when [[https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/red-suicide-half-time-3529814 a Liverpool fan who suffered depression commited suicide at the moment Liverpool were down 0-3 in the 2005 Champions League Final]]. If only he waited for just one more hour...
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one team was defeated, someone would be blamed for the loss, one way or another. Your legendary status won't always save you from the roasts.
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roasts.[[TheCaptain John Terry]] and [[TheDragon Iker Casillas]] are few player examples. The former was a Chelsea defender [[NiceJobBreakingItHero who botched his penalty shot]] in the 2008 final match against Manchester United and was blamed for Chelsea's defeat despite Anelka being the one who failed his shot in the last bout. The latter was a Real Madrid goalkeeper who in 2009, despite his best effort, [[CurbstompBattle conceded five goals in two-legged match]] against Liverpool. It didn't help that he looked like the only one in Real Madrid squad saves for [[TheAce Raul]] who actually gave a damn about the match. Both of them got their happy ending since Chelsea won the trophy for the first time in 2012 while Real Madrid won in 2014, ending their Champions League "curse"."curse".
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