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Five football Legends who never won the Champions League

Photo: @footballarchive via Twitter UEFA Champions League is the most thrilling club competition at European level. There are even a few who maintain that it is more exciting than the biggest sporting event in the world – The FIFA World Cup. It’s a dream for all footballers to win the coveted trophy. However, not even the biggest football legends win ...

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UEFA Champions League final records

In European football’s Champions League era that began in the 1992/93 season, no team had been able to successfully defend the title for 24 years. However, in the 2016/17 campaign, Real Madrid became the first team to win back-to-back European Cups when they defeated Juventus 4-1 in the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales. Take a look at some of ...

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Five greatest European Cup finals between Spanish and Italian clubs

Real Madrid vs. AC Milan, 1957/58 The 1958 final was only the third instalment of the nascent European Cup and the two teams in the summit clash were legitimate title contenders. Having won the first two editions, Real Madrid were the favourites to win the trophy for a third consecutive year but Milan were eager to take the prestigious honour ...

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Is the lopsided nature of Bundesliga costing Bayern Munich in Europe?

In the 2012/13 Champions League campaign Bayern Munich absolutely decimated Barcelona at the semi-final stage. The Germans were ruthless as they defeated the Catalans 4-0 in the first leg, leaving any chance of a Barcelona comeback feeble, if at all any. And there were no miracles in the return leg at the Camp Nou as the Bavarians rampaged Barca to ...

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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

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

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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