by: Michael “Scouse” Bromilow
Since it’s inception in 1956, The European Cup has captivated the imagination of many school children all over Europe. We have witnessed so many great teams and great players go head-to-head in Europe’s premiere cup competition. From Sir Matt Busby and the ill-fated Busby Babes to the seemingly invincible Real Madrid & AC Milan. Many teams have come and gone but we can’t overlook the Royalty of Europe the ever present European GIANTS.
The Champions League, as it is called today, pits the very best teams from across Europe so we are able to determine who is Europe’s #1. If you were to ask this question you would undoubtedly come across a myriad of different answers, from Barcelona to Liverpool, Manchester United to Juventus and Bayern Munich. Each of them are legends in their own right.
The European Cup has introduced us to so many memorable players such as Johan Cruyff, George Best, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kenny Dalglish, Zidan….to name but a few. At this time of year, with another Champions League Final upon us, school children across Europe and around the world will be playing in the streets and in playing fields around their homes dreaming of becoming the next Lionel Messi. In this modern age of Xbox & PlayStation adults and children alike don they guise of their favorite team and and embark on a European football adventure.
On Saturday 26th May, 2018 Liverpool (Eng) v. Real Madrid (Esp) will pit their wits, winner takes all, and attempt to outplay each other with the prize of European glory and lift the Champions League trophy. Real Madrid will attempt a “three-peat” of finals and win the cup for the third year in a row. Only Ajax (1971-1973), Bayern Munich (1974-1976) and Real Madrid (1956-1960) have been able to pull of this unbelievable feat in the past. Real Madrid would be the only team, if they win, to have achieved this feat twice, however, the mighty Liverpool FC stand in their way. If Liverpool win this final it would be the sixth time they have reached the pinnacle of European competition. Liverpool are, at this point, the underdogs of the tie and it will take a monumental effort to pull off a win against Real Madrid in Kiev,with both teams boasting blistering offensive power. In my opinion we will be in for a treat and a master class in footballing prowess. May the best team win.
Football fans from Liverpool and Madrid and from across the world will be headed to Kiev on a pilgrimage to be in attendance for the Champions League final. With a TV audience estimated to be in the 500 million range all around the world, the Champions League is one of the most watched sporting events with only the World Cup final surpassing it.
If there is one important lesson that I can pass on to the new football supporter it would be the following. No matter which team you support, no matter league they play in, remember that the match is only over when the referee blows the final whistle. Why am I telling you this? Let me tell you a wee little story.
In 2005 Liverpool faced AC Milan and at half time Liverpool were being beaten 3-0. I, in total disbelief at what I was seeing, turned off the TV and returned to work. Later that evening I received a phone call from my brother in Liverpool. To my shock and awe, Liverpool came from behind to WIN the Champions League! At the end of extra time the score was 3-3. Liverpool beat AC Milan on penalties to lift the unlikeliest of crowns.
The moral to this story is never give in, the match isn’t over until the end. Support your chosen team win, lose or draw.
As an avid, life long passionate Liverpool supporter I grew up with a childhood filled with win after win, one championship side after another. I have witnessed so many of Europe’s greatest teams fall to my beloved Liverpool and so many great players performing their art right before my eyes.
With that in mind, here in Louisville KY, we have the opportunity and privilege to watch not only a local team, but a local team from it’s birth. We have already seen players from all around the world, plus one successful season after another with a championship to boot! Come feel my passion, join us and watch the beautiful game here in Louisville, KY. Help our Louisville City grow, feel the success and feel the passion of the beautiful game.
Where can I watch the Champions League Cup Final?
Liverpool v. Real Madrid
26th May 2018
Kick off 2.45pm eastern
Molly Malone’s: 933 Baxter Ave. Louisville KY
Saint’s Pizza: 131 Breckenridge La, Louisville KY.
Mellwood Tavern: 1801 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville KY.
Come and witness passionate football fans at their best. See you there?
Date : Venue : Winners : Runners-up
1956 Paris: Real Madrid 4 Stade Reims 3
1957 Madrid: Real Madrid 2 Fiorentina 0
1958 Brussels: Real Madrid 3 AC Milan 2 AET
1959 Stuttgart: Real Madrid 2 Stade Reims 0
1960 Glasgow: Real Madrid 7 Eintracht Frankfurt 3
1961 Berne: Benfica 3 Barcelona 2
1962 Amsterdam: Benfica 5 Real Madrid 3
1963 London: AC Milan 2 Benfica 1
1964 Vienna: Inter Milan 3 Real Madrid 1
1965 Milan: Inter Milan 1 Benfica 0
1966 Brussels: Real Madrid 2 Partizan Belgrade 1
1967 Lisbon: Celtic 2 Inter Milan 1
1968 London: Manchester United 4 Benfica 1 AET
1969 Madrid: AC Milan 4 Ajax Amsterdam 1
1970 Milan: Feyenoord 2 Celtic 1 AET
1971 London: Ajax Amsterdam 2 Panathinaikos 0
1972 Rotterdam: Ajax Amsterdam 2 Inter Milan 0
1973 Belgrade: Ajax Amsterdam 1 Juventus 0
1974 Brussels Bayern Munich 4 Atletico Madrid 0
(in replay after 1-1 draw)
1975 Paris: Bayern Munich 2 Leeds United 0
1976 Glasgow: Bayern Munich 1 St Etienne 0
1977 Rome: Liverpool 3 B Moenchengladbach 1
1978 London: Liverpool 1 Club Bruges 0
1979 Munich: Nottingham Forest 1 Malmo FF 0
1980 Madrid: Nottingham Forest 1 Hamburg SV 0
1981 Paris: Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 0
1982 Rotterdam: Aston Villa 1 Bayern Munich 0
1983 Athens: Hamburg SV 1 Juventus 0
1984 Rome: Liverpool 1 AS Roma 1
(Liverpool won 4-2 on penalties)
1985 Brussels: Juventus 1 Liverpool 0
1986 Seville: Steaua Bucharest 0 Barcelona 0
(Steaua won 2-0 on penalties)
1987 Vienna: Porto 2 Bayern Munich 1
1988 Stuttgart: PSV Eindhoven 0 Benfica 0
(PSV won 6-5 on penalties)
1989 Barcelona: AC Milan 4 Steaua Bucharest 0
1990 Vienna: AC Milan 1 Benfica 0
1991 Bari: Red Star Belgrade 0 Olympique Marseille 0
(Red Star won 5-3 on penalties)
1992 London: Barcelona 1 Sampdoria 0 AET
1993 Munich: Olympique Marseille 1 AC Milan 0
1994 Athens: AC Milan 4 Barcelona 0
1995 Vienna: Ajax Amsterdam 1 AC Milan 0
1996 Rome: Juventus 1 Ajax Amsterdam 1
(Juventus won 4-2 on penalties)
1997 Munich: Borussia Dortmund 3 Juventus 1
1998 Amsterdam: Real Madrid 1 Juventus 0
1999 Barcelona: Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1
2000 Paris: Real Madrid 3 Valencia 0
2001 Milan: Bayern Munich 1 Valencia 1
(Bayern won 5-4 on penalties)
2002 Glasgow: Real Madrid 2 Bayer Leverkusen 1
2003 Manchester: AC Milan 0 Juventus 0
(AC Milan won 3-2 on penalties)
2004 Gel’kirchen: Porto 3 Monaco 0
2005 Istanbul: Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3
(Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties)
2006 Paris: Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1
2007 Athens: AC Milan 2 Liverpool 1
2008 Moscow: Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1
(Manchester United won 6-5 on penalties)
2009 Rome: Barcelona 2 Manchester United 0
2010 Madrid: Inter Milan 2 Bayern Munich 0
2011 London: Barcelona 3 Manchester United 1
2012 Munich: Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1
(Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties)
2013 London: Bayern Munich 2 Borussia Dortmund 1
2014 Lisbon: Real Madrid 4 Atletico Madrid 1 AET
2015 Berlin: Barcelona 3 Juventus 1
2016 Milan: Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1 AET
(Real Madrid won 5-3 on penalties)
2017 Cardiff: Real Madrid 4 Juventus 1
The following clubs have won the European Cup:
12 – Real Madrid
7 – AC Milan
5 – Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Barcelona
4 – Ajax Amsterdam
3 – Manchester United, Inter Milan
2 – Benfica, Juventus, Nottingham Forest, Porto
1 – Celtic, Hamburg SV, Steaua Bucharest, Olympique Marseille,
Feyenoord, Aston Villa, PSV Eindhoven, Red Star Belgrade,
Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea
AET= After Extra Time.