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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgomX3qD-iA The official theme]]. It was specifically written to be an angelic anthem, as the composer did his best to make it sound as though Handel composed it.
* TheChessmaster: Every world class coaches who managed to guide their teams to become the European Champions multiple times are this. Bob Paisley, Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane, the list goes on and on.
* 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.
** Second, being a much more free-flowing game than most sports, momentum is extremely important. Additionally, the sheer quality of the attacking players available means that even with the best and most experienced defensive players on the planet, the slightest opportunity will be taken and the smallest mistake can and will be punished with a goal. One notable example was the 2005 Final a.k.a. 'the Miracle of Istanbul', where Italy's AC Milan were 3-0 up against Liverpool on the 54th minute. By the 60th minute, they'd been pegged back to 3-3, Liverpool having scored 3 goals in less than 6 minutes.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: ''IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING.''
** The 2013 Champions League semi-finals saw Bayern Munich defeating FC Barcelona 4-0. The next day, Borussia Dortmund trashed Real Madrid 4-1.
** The 2005 final saw Liverpool go up against an AC Milan side which was at the time probably the best in the world with the likes of multiple Player of the Year Kaka, football legend Paolo Maldini who'd won the trophy four times already, Clarence Seedorf, who'd won it three times (with three different teams) and Andriy Shevchenko, who had also won the trophy, been top scorer on multiple occasions and won European Player of the Year the year before. Most of Liverpool's team by contrast, [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard]], Xabi Alonso and Jamie Carragher excepted, could be most kindly described as [[{{Determinator}} hard-working]], despite their rich European history. They'd limped to the final by a combination of luck, the infamous 'ghost goal' and a few miracles, having lost their near untouchable striker [[TheAce Michael]] [[FragileSpeedster Owen]] to Real Madrid at the end of the previous season. Gerrard, who'd pretty much singlehandedly dragged them to the final, was on the point of being bought by Chelsea. They'd finished fifth in the Premier League that year, meaning that they wouldn't even qualify for the tournament the next year. And then, they were 3-0 down at half-time, seemingly down and out. They responded by scoring three goals in six minutes and holding out under Milan's onslaught for an hour (the rest of normal time and extra time), a defensive display that included a spectacular double save from Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek to deny Shevchenko, which was later voted the greatest Champions League moment of all time. Then they won on penalties, earning the trophy on a permanent basis, along with a place in the competition the following year (albeit the hard way, through the qualifying stages) and Steven Gerrard's signature on a new contract. In short, there is a ''reason'' that this match is known as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Even ten years on, players on both sides are still not entirely sure how it happened.
** The 2018 Champions League quarter final saw five time European Champions FC Barcelona, at the time undefeated in both La Liga and the Champions League, facing AS Roma, who were over 20 points off pace in Serie A and only reached the quarter-finals after a desperate away goal victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. Barcelona cruised to a 4-1 victory in the first leg thanks to goals from Gerard Piqué, Luis Suárez, and two [[NiceJobBreakingItHero own goals by Roma]]. Many people assumed Barcelona had already booked their place in the semi final, but in the return leg in the Stadio Olimpico, AS Roma kept [[TheDeterminator believing in themselves and eventually won 3-0]], eliminating Barcelona on away goal advantage. What made this special was that two of Roma's goalscorers, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, [[MustMakeAmends were the scorers of the own goals in the first leg]]. AS Roma's victory against Barcelona showed the world that [[WereStillRelevantDammit they are not to be underestimated despite not having won any major trophies for many years]].[[note]] Their last Serie A title was in 2001, their last Coppa Italia win was in 2008, and their record in European finals amounts to two appearances without a win (the 1983-84 European Cup, which they lost on penalties to Liverpool, and the 1990-91 UEFA Cup, which they lost to fellow Italians Internazionale).[[/note]]
** Also in the 2018 quarter finals, Liverpool faced off against an all-conquering Manchester City side that had, at that point, only lost two domestic matches all season, and four matches in total, two of which had been dead rubbers. They were the presumed champions of England, among the favourites for the Champions League, and had earlier in the domestic season thrashed Liverpool 5-0. However, Liverpool had also beaten them 4-3 at Anfield, a stadium Manchester City hadn't won at since 2003. Still, City were the favourites. Liverpool then proceeded to play them off the park at Anfield, utterly nullifying City's celebrated midfield and attack, beating them 3-0. Even then, City were still fancied to go through, with a number of commentators reckoning that they could make up the difference on the return leg. Liverpool then promptly cruised to a 2-1 victory, reaching their first semi-final in a decade, before knocking out AS Roma to reach the final.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Bayern Munich, after suffering humiliating defeats in the 2010 and 2012 finals (that of which actually took place in Munich), finally won the tournament in 2013. Bayern Munich midfielder Arjen Robben missed a possible game winning penalty in the 2012 competition, conceding the final to Chelsea. In the 2013 final, he scored the winner, and received a large amount of cheer from the Bayern supporters.
* EarWorm: "THE CHAAAAAAAMPIOOOOONS!!!!", for both the audience and the players. Cristiano Ronaldo was caught on camera [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ21vflS0RM singing along with the anthem]] before Real Madrid's 2015 quarter final against Atletico Madrid.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments:
** Former Arsenal striker Eduardo who joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010 (played there until they were displaced by the Ukrainian war, but returned to Shaktar after a season in his birth country Brazil, although he represents Croatia at international football, having obtained Croatian citizenship through naturalisation) after a career blighted by injury. He returned to Arsenal Stadium with his new club in that season's group stages, just 3 months later, not only did he get a standing ovation when he came on, but he capped his return with a goal that was celebrated by the Arsenal fans as much as an Arsenal goal. True to his word before the game he did not celebrate the goal as well.
** Didier Drogba comforting Bastian Schweinsteiger after his missed penalty in the 2012 final may also count. After the 2013 UEFA Supercup final, several Bayern players comforted Romelu Lukaku, after missing the penalty against Bayern Munich.
** Just watch Bayern Munich's squad after the final whistle in the 2012-2013 Final. Arjen Robben standing with his arms out stretched and [[TearsOfJoy tears pouring down his face]] in front of Bayern Munich's supporter's section while they chant is enough to choke any football fan up.
** AS Roma's squad and fans' celebration after they defeated Barcelona in a superb, tactical game in 2018, with Kostas Manolas roaring and crying [[TearsOfJoy tears of joy]].
** Oliver Kahn from FC Bayern Munich, who was widely known as 'The Titan' due to his [[TheBerserker aggressive playing style]], comforting a crying Canizares from the losing side (Valencia goalkeeper) in aftermath of 2001 Champions League Final [[SuddenDeath penalty shootout]]. Oliver Kahn won UEFA Fair Play Award for this act of kindness.
** 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.
** However, Liverpool then proceeded to beat AS Roma in their semi-final, break the record for highest scoring front three in a Champions League season previously held by Real Madrid's [[PowerTrio Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale]], and advance to the final against holders Real Madrid as the highest scoring team in the Champions League. At the very least, 'Europe's Entertainers' are back with a bang.
* HypeBacklash: Since 2003, there has certainly been some of this applied to Real Madrid (until they won ''la Decima'' in 2014), and Arsenal have suffered from well before that.
** This was also applied in 2017/18 to the Big Five English teams as they cruised through the group stages, and English fans began hailing a new era of English dominance. In the end, three of of them were knocked out in the Round of 16, while Liverpool knocked out Manchester City in the Quarter Finals.
* 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.
** 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. 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 match; coupled with Terry being the one to accept the trophy instead of the player who was actually 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]]
* RunningGag: Arsenal always drawing Bayern Munich at some point. And when they don't, they play Barcelona. The one time this was averted, in the 2014/15 campaign, they drew Monaco in the Round of 16 and lost. Oh, and did we mention they always go out in the Round of 16?
** Throughout the Noughties, it was a running gag that Liverpool and Chelsea would always run into each other at some point.
* [[CharacterTiers Team Tiers]]: A curious case, being real life, but reputation and money leads it to being true. Only a few teams are likely to win - the "Big Four" of England, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter, AC Milan, Juventus and Bayern Munich. Since 1998, the only winner not from the above was Porto in 2004, and the only runners-up not from the higher-tier country leagues (Spain, England, Germany, Portugal and Italy) were AS Monaco from France in 2004.
* [[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]]. 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...
** 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 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".
*** 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]].
* TheWorfEffect: Barcelona were this to Bayern Munich in the 2012-13 Champions League Semifinals. Bayern Munich themselves went into this the following year by Real Madrid in the same phase of the tournament. Until Real Madrid did it in 2017, no defending champion had managed to successfully retain the title in the Champions League era.