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Best 3 Champions League final date in recent history

Next to the FIFA World Cup final, the champions’ league final date is the single most exciting date in the sports calendar.  It marks the pinnacle of the Champions League season.

Fantastic Champions League finals have been staged over the years. Three Champions League finals, however, stick out in recent history.

1.       FC Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United

Venue:  Wembley Stadium, London

Date: 28 May, 2011

Two of the world’s most entertaining offensive football teams, the English Champions and the Spanish champions, were competing for the ultimate title in European football – Champions of Europe. The excitement of the face-off, featuring some of the best footballers to ever grace the sport, including Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, and Ryan Giggs was as exciting as it was thrilling.

Barcelona opened the scoring with a sublime goal from Pedro, but United levelled scores just before the break courtesy of Wayne Rooney. Game on again. The second half kicked off and the 2011 Barcelona team, touted as the best XI team since Pele’s 1970 World-Cup-winning team, displayed a class and style of football that was simply mesmerising.

Barcelona saw United chase shadows for most of the game and at stoppage time Barcelona were 3-1 Champions league winners. Football pundits and fans alike agree the match was nothing but epic.

2.      Liverpool 6-5 AC Milan

Venue:  Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey

Date: 25 May, 2005

This Champion’s League final date marked one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the competition. Going into the break Liverpool were trailing 0-3; and things could have been worse had not Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek made a diving save to keep an Andriy Shevchenko shot from sinking them 0-4 in the closing minutes of the first half.

Liverpool came out in the second period guns blazing. Steven Gerrard, Vladimír Šmicer and Xabi Alonso scored for Liverpool in a span of six minutes to level scores at the final whistle. The match was decided on penalty kick shootout.  Shevchenko was last to fire for AC Milan. Dudek made another diving save that sealed the spectacular comeback win 3-2 on penalties for Liverpool.

3.       Man United 2-1 Bayern Munich

Venue: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain

Date: 26 May, 1999

The contest produced one of the most dramatic finishes the finals had yet seen. Manchester United was without two of its key players, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes and were second best for most of the game.

The Germans opened the scoring six minutes into the first half and doggedly defended their lead. It appeared they had finished a job well done going to stoppage time. Sir Alex Ferguson introduced substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The substitutes converted two sublime corners from David Beckham deep in injury time to round up United’s brilliant 1999 Treble-winning season and seal the first Champions League title under Ferguson’s reign.

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