Tag Archives: Champions League

Five biggest underdog triumphs in the Champions League


Chelsea 1-1 (4-3 on penalties) Bayern Munich (final, 2011/12) Heading in to the 2012 Champions League final, Bayern Munich were the overwhelming favourites. The Bavarian giants were playing at home and Chelsea had barely survived with enough first team regulars after a bruising semi-final win over Barcelona. But in the final the Blues kept doing what they did to eliminate ...

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Top 5: Greatest managers to never win the Champions League


Valeriy Lobanovskyi The legendary Soviet-Ukrainian manager did a great deal to bring new ideas to the beautiful game. He famously treated football as a system of 22 elements, having two sub-systems of 11 elements each, moving in a confined space and subject to a series of restrictions. If at the end of the 90 minutes, the two systems were evenly ...

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The tragic history of Atletico Madrid in the European Cup


Atletico Madrid yet again failed to clinch their first ever European Cup despite coming within touch distance of the trophy. Diego Simeone’s men lost to city rivals Real Madrid in the Milan final 5 – 4 on penalties. It seems as an opportune a time as any to revisit their past in this historic competition. And sadly for the Atletico ...

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Best Quotes on Steven Gerrard

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Sir Alex Ferguson (in 2005): If you were looking for the player you would replace Keane with, it would be Gerrard, without question. He has become the most influential player in England, bar none. Not that Vieira lacks anything, but Gerrard does more. He’s got that unbelievable engine, desire, determination. Anyone would love to have Gerrard in their team. Steven ...

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Most impressive Chelsea records over the last decade

Frank Lampard

Since the takeover of Chelsea by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich over a decade or so ago, the Blues have become a dominant force in the English Premier League and they have also made significant forays in European competitions, having won the Champions League and the Europa League in successive seasons. The Pensioners hold the record for most wins in a ...

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Greatest Football Records of Liverpool of the 70s and 80s

european cup final 1978 liverpool v brugge - alan hansen kenny dalglish and graeme souness of liverpool lift the trophy left to right

Liverpool have been one of the traditional powerhouses in world football. They have been European champions five times, tied with Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, and are only behind Real Madrid and AC Milan. Although they have fallen behind some of the European giants in the past two decades, their place in the pantheon of the greatest football side is undisputed. ...

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Great football records set by Alfredo Di Stefano’s Real Madrid

(FILES) Real Madrid's players (from L) Frenchman Raymond Kopa, Rial, Argentinian-born Alfredo Di Stefano, Hungarian-born Ferenc Puskas and Gento pose before the start of a Liga football match 06 June 1959 at Santagio Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.  Hungarian football legend Ferenc Puskas, the inspiration of the "Mighty Magyars" national side that dominated world football in the 1950s, has died after a long illness, the national Hungarian agency MTI reported 17 November 2006. He was 79. AFP PHOTO FILES + SPAIN OUT  (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Football history is littered with stories of exceptional teams that defined a whole era with their qualities. Some teams were renowned for their innovative tactics like Budapest Honved of Hungary, while others were renowned for their impressive trophy hauls like Liverpool during the 1970s and 80s and Ajax Amsterdam of 1970s etc. Then there were some who wowed the world ...

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