The Best UEFA Champions League Finals of all time
The UEFA Champions League, commonly known as Champions League or the UCL is an annual football League formed by the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) and contested by the most successful clubs of the year.
Champions League was founded in 1955 and was called the European Champion Clubs' Cup. In 1992, it took its current name and a new format was used in the competitions.
until now,65 seasons have been taken place. Through these years,22 clubs have won the Champions League. Real Madrid is the record holder for the most victories in the UCL with 13 league title wins. By nation, Spain is the most titled country with 18 titles.
League finals are the most-watched matches and have more views than any other match in the seasons. Champions League is no exception. Every year many people watch the UCL final to see who will take the trophy home.
During the seasons, some final matches were not that good and their memory faded away after a couple of years but, of course, there have been some amazing finals as well.Some of these finals are the most iconic matches to this day and they are remembered as The best champions league finals ever.
You might ask what is so special about these matches? well, we plan to answer your question.
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What are the greatest Champions League Finals ever?
Here are The best champions league finals ever in our opinion. Hope you enjoy.
AC Milan vs. Barcelona, 1994
This match is a proof of the fact that Italian football, especially A.C. Milan, was unstoppable in the '90s. When everybody thought Barca will win easily, Milan scored 4 goals against Barca, put everybody in a shock, and took the League trophy to Italy.The match took place at Athens, Greece in OAKA Spiros Louis stadium. It was on May 18, 1994.
In the first half, Milan scored 2 goals. One was at the 22nd minute and the other was at the 45th minute which both was scored by Daniele Massaro.
In the second half, Milan scored 2 more goals. The first one was by Savićević at the 47th minute just after the restart of the game and the second goal was scored by Marcel Desailly at the 58th minute.
Many scholars have named Milan's performance as the greatest ever by a team in UEFA Champions League history.The funny thing is that some newspapers in Spain said it was going to be an easy match for Barca to win.
Milan nearly humiliated Barcelona but it wasn't shocking because Milan was top of the game at the time.
This match is definitely one of the TOP Champions League Finals of all time.
Internazionale vs. Bayern Munich, 2010
Next on the list of The best champions league finals ever, we have the 2010 UCL final when Inter Milan and Bayern Munich faced each other at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid.
The match took place on Saturday, 22 May 2010, and 73,490 attendants were in the stadium, and everybody waiting to see who will be the next champion.
Inter took the lead when a long clearance by Inter Júlio César flicked down by Milito to Wesley Sneijder, who returned the pass to Milito to score.then in the second half, Inter comfortably defends their lead and scored another goal. The goalscorer was again Milito in the 70th minute.
After that, the whistle was blown and Inter achieved a 2-0 victory against Bayern and won the match as well as the title.After Inter won the trophy, they got to play against Atlético Madrid, which won the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup. Also they entered the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup.
Sometimes The context and wider-reaching relationships of a Champions League victory are often more important than the match itself and because of that 2010 UCL finals is definitely among the Top Champions League Finals ever.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich,2013
This match took place in 2013 and it was the first time that the finalists of champion league were both German. There were three previous Champions League finals between two clubs from the same country: 2000 (Spain), 2003 (Italy), and 2008 (England).The match took place on May 2013, at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
After 60 minutes, the first goal was scored by Mandžukić on the Bayern side.8 minutes after Dortmund made a comeback when İlkay Gündoğan scored a goal from the penalty spot and made the ball past thorough Manuel Neuer.
Dortmund gained hope again and both teams try their best to overcome another to win the trophy. But unfortunately, one succeded.
With a minute left in normal time, the Dutch forward Arjan Robben burst past the defense shot a low shot past the onrushing Weidenfeller with his left foot from eight yards and scored the winning goal.
One week later, Bayern Munich won the DFB-Pokal and, had already won the 2012–13 Bundesliga. The club completed the continental treble. As a result of their win, Bayern qualified to play against Chelsea, the winners of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, and also earned the right to enter the semi-finals of the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup as the UEFA representative. Bayern eventually won both competitions.
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Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich, 2012
After beating Real Madrid and Barcelona in the semi-finals, Bayern Munich and Chelsea face each other 19 May 2012.
The final was held at the Allianz Arena in Munich, So this meant Bayern were the first finalists to have the home advantage after almost 30 years.
No goal was scored in the first 80 minutes of the match. Then, in the 83rd minute, Bayern took the lead when Toni Kroos crossed into Müller, and he got the ball down with a header, causing it to bounce over Čech and in off the crossbar.After Müller's goal, Bayern took a defensive position but that didn't prevent Chelsea from scoring the equalizer. In the 86th minute, Drogba scored with a header with the assist of Mata from the corner spot.
The game went to extra time to the penalties. Although, penalties will lengthen the match but let's not forget the fact that the amount of excitement will increase too, and with excitement, a UCL final match will be placed among The best champions league finals ever.
Lahm(BAY) went first and succeeded in putting the ball in the net. But the Mata(CHE) failed and Bayern took the lead.Gómez(BAY), David Luiz(CHE), Neuer(BAY), Lampard(CHE) went next in order and all succeded. But when Čech guessed the correct direction of Olić's shot and then Cole(CHE) shot the ball through the net, points were equalized.Schweinsteiger was next but his ball was caught by Čech and then, Drogba scored the golden ball and Chelsea won the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona vs. Manchester United,2011
Another match that is told to be one the TOP Champions League Finals of all time, is the final match of 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. Man United and Barca got their way to the finals by defeating Schalke 04 and Real Madrid.The match took place on 28 May 2011 at Wembley Stadium in London with almost 88000 participants. It's also worth mentioning that the same team contested the 2009 final held in Rome which Barcelona won 2–0.
In the first half, Barcelona had 68% of possession and outplayed United.in the 27th minute, Xavi played in Pedro and he struck from inside the penalty box and made Barca took the lead. However, United equalized seven minutes later when Rooney scored.
In the second half, Barca's dominance continued. Barca had some big chances to regain the lead but United players prevent that with their effort. Nevertheless, Barca scored the second goal.In the 54th minute when Messi received the ball and fired home from 20 yards out, It wasn't a draw no more.
Speaking of Messi, Unfortunately for Manchester United, the 2010/11 Champions League final was one of the Lionel Messi's most iconic matches of all-time. He was announced both UEFA Man of the Match and Fans' Man of the Match that night.
Later, Barca took away all of the hope from Manchester when David Villa scored the third goal in the 69th minute.
This final was pretty entertaining and is one of the greatest Champions League Finals ever.Both clubs played well but Barca was on a whole another level with Pep Guardiola.
Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid, 2014
Derbies by itself are very important for a nation or even around the world. Now imagine having a derby in the Champions League. It is impressive, right? Especially if that match was one of the best champions league finals ever.
The match took place on Saturday, 24 May 2014, at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.nearly 60000 attendants were present that night to see who will be the next champion.
Atletico took the lead in the first half when Godín scored a header in the 38th minute. In the first half Real really tried to score the equalizer and they did....in the 93rd minute of the game! Ramos saved Real when he left his position and with a header.
The match went to extra time. But unlike many games, it didn't go on penalties. Real managed to score 3 more goals in the extra time. The first one by Bale with a header, the second one by Marcelo with a shot inside the box, and the last one by Ronaldo from the penalty spot.The whistle was blown and Real achieved a 4-1 victory against its city rival.
Real Madrid comeback was one of the greatest comebacks of all time and of course, it will be placed in The best champions league finals ever list as well.
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Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich, 1999
The 1999 UEFA Champions League Final is one of The best champions league finals ever because the whole match was drowned in excitement.even the last minutes of it.The match took place in Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, on 26 May 1999.
This game was again included a great comeback that why it's among The best champions league finals ever.
Bayern took the lead in the 6th minute of the game when Basler placed a low free-kick around the United.Bayern had the lead till the 91st minute of the game when Sheringham scored a goal.following of that, Solskjær scored another goal and Man United won The 1999 UEFA Champions League Final.
AC Milan vs. Liverpool, 2005
Next on the list of Top Champions League Finals ever we have a final match that is commonly known as the ''Miracle of Istanbul''.After defeating PSV Eindhoven and Chelsea in the semi-finals, Milan and Liverpool faced each other to see who will be the winner of the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League.
The match took place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul with almost 70000 participants.The main reason that this match is among The best champions league finals ever is that Liverpool made a shocking comeback that night.
In the first minute of the match, Milan's captain Maldini scored a goal in an Andrea Pirlo free-kick and made Milan took the lead.That wasn't enough for Milan and within the first half of the game, they scored 2 more goals. Both of the goals were scored by Crespo one in 39th and another in the 44th minute.
When the second half started, no one would expect Liverpool would succeed in preventing Milan to win the world cup. Nevertheless, Liverpool managed to score 3 goals within 6 minutes. one by Gerrard, one by Šmicer, and one by Alonso.
The match went on penalties when no one scored any goal in the extra time. What's interesting is the fact that Liverpool and Milan had each won their last European Cups after winning penalty shoot-outs.
The first two Milan penalties went out. Serginho and Pirlo were behind the ball. On the other side, Liverpool scored both of their penalties.Finally, Liverpool won the trophy when Liverpool's goalkeeper Dudek blocked Shevchenko's ball with his right hand.
The match is believed to be the best final game in UEFA champions league history by many and perhaps they are right.
So that was the list of The best champions league finals ever.Hope you liked it.