Friday, May 21, 2010

A Look Back At The Last 10 Champions League Finals

Here is a look back at the last 10 Champions League finals and a short recollection on how they ended.

1999-2000: All Spanish Encounter
Real Madrid 3
Valencia 0
Stade de France, Paris
This is the first time two domestic rivals contested a final. Real dominated from start to finish, clinching their second title in three years. Steve McManaman won his first Champions League winners' medal, justifying his move to Real Madrid.

2000-2001: Goalkeeping Hero
Bayern Munich 1 (5-4 on penalties)
Valencia 1
San Siro, Milan
Bayern goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn held on to Mauricio Pellegrino's spot kick to claim Bayern's first European success in 25 years.

2001-2002: Zizou's Wonder Goal

Real Madrid 2
Bayer Leverkusen 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Real were back in the final, this time a perfectly struck left foot volley from the then-world's most expensive footballer secured the trophy. Michael Ballack have been coveting the Champions League trophy ever since.

2002-2003: Italian Masterclass
AC Milan 0 (3-2 on penalties)
Juventus 0
Old Trafford, Manchester
Typically tight, all-Italian contest which was high on technical ability. Andriy Shevchenko's converted penalty landed AC Milan their sixth European victory.

2003-2004: Mourinho Double
Porto 3
AS Monaco 0
Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
Deco's Man-of-the-Match performance helped Jose Mourinho's side to a second European triumph, a year after Porto won the UEFA Cup.

2004-2005: Game of Two Halves
Liverpool 3 (3-2 on penalties)
AC Milan 3
Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul
AC Milan took the lead after just 52 seconds and were 3-0 by half time. Goals from Gerrard, Smicer and Alonso helped set up a brilliant shootout victory. That night in Istanbul will be forever immortalized in the memory banks of every Liverpool fan.

2005-2006: Barcelona's Patience
Barcelona 2
Arsenal 1
Stade de France, Paris
Arsenal's Jens Lehmann became the first player to see red in a European final, as Barcelona sealed the title with two goals in the final 15 minutes.

2006-2007: Milan's Revenge
AC Milan 2
Liverpool 1
Olympic Stadium, Athens
Two years after Liverpool's astonishing comeback, the sides met again. Milan came out on top after two goals from master goalpoacher, Fillipo Inzaghi.

2007-2008: English Supremacy
Manchester United 1 (6-5 on penalties)
Chelsea 1
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
It was the second successive year three English clubs reached the semifinals. United won an even match thanks to John Terry's penalty slip.

2008-2009: Mighty Barcelona
Barcelona 2
Manchester United 0
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
United started the game brightly but were hit by a 10th minute Eto'o strike and never recovered. Classy Barcelona went on to win a sextuple of trophies in 2009.

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