YMMV: UEFA Champions League

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  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • Former Arsenal striker Eduardo who is now at Shakhtar Donetsk after a career blighted by injury. He returned to Arsenal Stadium with his new club in this seasons group stages, 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 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.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The official theme.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: 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, Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Jamie Carragher excepted, could be most kindly described as 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 miracle, having lost their near untouchable striker Michael Owen to Real Madrid at the end of the previous season. Steven Gerrard, their captain, 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 Premiership 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.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: 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.
  • Ear Worm: "THE CHAAAAAAAMPIOOOOONS!!!!", for both the audience and the players. Cristiano Ronaldo was caught on camera singing along with the anthem before Real Madrid's 2015 quarter final against Atletico Madrid.
  • Hype Backlash: 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: Glory Stealing John Terry Explanation 
  • 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.
  • Too Soon: Played matches on the night of September 11, 2001. Realized the insensitivity of this and cancelled the matches on September 12, 2001. In a very tragic example, some media picked images of Galatasaray fans celebrating their victory against Juventus that day and presented them as if they had been celebrating the attacks on the U.S.
  • The Worf Effect: 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.