22.5.07

We won it five times……



We won it five times,
We won it five ti-i-i-i-imes,
In Istanbul,
We won it five times........


We'll win it six times,
We'll win it six ti-i-i-i-mes,
In Ancient Greece,
We'll win it six times...


Right now, I'm completely focused on the Champions League Final tomorrow night. Even if Liverpool end up losing to AC Milan, they have done all Liverpool fans proud. The match itself is finely poised, I think any team can win it, and it will be a heart-stopping affair tomorrow.

Anyway, let's look back at Liverpool's last five triumphs in Europe's premier competition :

Liverpool 3 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1976/77


Liverpool's first European Cup final was a defining moment in the world's most prestigious club competition - it was the first to involve an English club for a decade, and began eight years of English dominance in the competition.

The Reds had murdered FC Zurich 6-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals and had the league in their pocket, but their spirits had taken a blow just four days before the final when we lost to their fierce rivals ManYoo in the FA Cup final.

Having gone in 1-0 up at half-time, Liverpool were pegged back by Allan Simonsen's equaliser. But it took just ten minutes for them to regain the lead - through defender Tommy Smith on his 600th appearance for the club. Then Phil Neal whacked in an 85th-minute penalty, and Emlyn 'Thrush' Hughes squeaked his way up to Liverpool's first European Cup. Also, this was the year I was born. Need I say more?
Liverpool 1 - 0 Club Brugge, 1977/78


The Reds only had to wait a year for their second European Cup. Keggy Keegle, whose mazy run had won the penalty that sealed victory in 1977, had departed for Hamburg, and been replaced by Kenny Dalglish.

The Kop had had reservations about Dalglish's ability to fill The Incredible Perm's boots. They shouldn't have. His goal - chipping Birger Jensen after being set free by Graeme Souness (winning the first of his three European Cups) - was his 31st of the season, and was enough to settle the tie.

And so the cup with the big ears was on its way back to England for the second time in two years. Actually, it never left, because the final was played at Wembley - probably making the patriotic Scotsman Dalglish's goal even more special. Especially as he, unlike the England squad, was on his way to the World Cup.
Liverpool 1 - 0 Real Madrid, 1980/81


Phil Thompson wasn't always the big-nosed Liverpool fan on Soccer Saturday. Back in 1981, he was the big-nosed Liverpool fan captaining his club to their third (and his second) European Cup.

It was an important win for a Liverpool side keen to prove they were the dominant force in English football. Their previous two title wins had been overshadowed by Nottingham Forest winning and retaining the European Cup, and the 1980/81 season had seen the title won by Aston Villa - the only time between 1978 and 1985 that it didn't end up at Anfield.

In the end the final was a dour affair settled by a tale of two Kennedys - Alan picking up Ray's throw-in to net the only goal, and make Bob Paisley the only man to manage a team to three European Cups.
Liverpool 1 - 1 Roma (4-2 on penalties), 1983/84


There was a new manager - Joe Fagan - but the same old guard of players. And the man who had played in all of Liverpool's three previous wins broke the deadlock just 13 minutes in. He'd scored in 1977, remember - the Olympic Stadium in Rome was a happy hunting ground for Phil Neal.

Unfortunately for the Reds, Roma weren't keen to let their home advantage slip, and Roberto Pruzzo levelled things before half-time. No-one found the net in the following half, or in extra-time, and the stage was set for penalties.

You'd fancy Roma in their own stadium, wouldn't you? Especially after Phil Nicol started things off with a miss for Liverpool. But then you'd be forgetting Bruce Grobbelaar's spaghetti legs, which were enough to put off World Cup winners Francesco Graziani and Bruno Conti, and give the world that legendary photo of a heavily-'tached Ian Rush with the cup.
Liverpool 3 - 3 AC Milan (3-2 on penalties), 2004/05


Spaghetti legs and penalties were to prove decisive once again when, more than two decades after their fourth European Cup, Liverpool finally picked up their fifth. But before that came a match that, in terms of excitement, put their previous four triumphs firmly in the shade.

It only took 52 seconds for Paolo Maldini to give the Italian side the lead and start a nation laughing at Liverpool. By half-time, Hernan Crespo (on loan from Chelsea, as if salt needed rubbing into the wound) had added two more, having been set up by Kaka and Andriy 'look how good I used to be' Shevchenko. Oh, and I smashed my MP3 player in frustration at the end of the first half. All was lost. Or was it?

Well, you know it wasn't. Dietmar Hamann came on for the injured Steve Finnan, Steven Gerrard pushed further forwards and pulled one back in the 54th minute - and the rest was history, with more than one fairy story thrown in.

Vladimir Smicer had come on as a substitute for Harry Kewell, who had either a groin strain or a bad case of not wanting to be involved, depending on who you believe. The whole world knew Smicer was on his way out of Anfield, and he signed off in style, slapping in a second. Then Milan Baros freed Gerrard in the area, and for the sake of diplomacy we'll say Gennaro Gattuso fouled him. Xabi Alonso needed two bites at the cherry from the spot, but Liverpool had done enough - after a fantastic double save by Dudek from Shevchenko - to take the match to a penalty shoot-out. Another Dudek save from Shevchenko, and that fifth time you've heard so much about was sealed.

Can they make it six on Wednesday?

YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE.....

Information about the finals was from Football365. Pictures from BBC.

7 comments:

  1. I'm rooting for Liverpool tomorrow. I hope they make it 6. AC Milan will be ganging for revenge on last years defeat but I'm sure the boys can beat them once more.

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  2. We most definitely did win it 5 times my RED brother!To say this game is huge is an understatement..the rematch of the decade/century some are calling it..but whatever they do call it..it would be amazing- truly amazing if the REDS went onto win the cup for the 6th time..I know we are all proud that they got this far but as Shanks said "First is first second is nothing" so it will hurt like hell to lose it now..but I do believe that anything is possible
    Sure Milan will be out for revenge and will add that extra spice - they have already started war of words by taunting Liverpool along with Alex Ferguson who I hope has won his last title...it would be so great if Liverpool won the title next season just so we can shut up Fergie and Mouninho!
    and numerous others-including that sports correspondent who works for the Independent - he was on Inside Sport and thinks he's funny ...NOT!-just so we can prove them all wrong...that Liverpool FC transcends football- its about hope and passion and belief...YNWA my fellow REDS and here's hoping we do win the cup for the 6th time in the land of the gods...fingers crossed!

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  3. One Night in May! A day i can never forget!

    i watched the first half of the match in Barcelona @ the airport bar, on way back to London from a business trip.

    Picture this!

    1 - 0 down >> Airport announcer. Will passengers on BA flight XYZ going to London Heathrow please proceed to gate X for boarding.

    2 - 0 down >> Airport Announcer.. Will the remaining passengers on BA flight XYZ to London Heathrow proceed to Gate X now!

    3 – 0 down >> Airport Announcer.. FINAL CALL >> THE PASSENGERS ON BA FLIGHT XYZ TO LONDON HEATHROW MUST PROCEED TO GATE X NOW. YOUR CASES WILL BE REMOVED AND YOU WILL MISS YOUR FLIGHT

    3 – 1 > Announcer > WILL MR ADEMOLA X, FLYING TO LONDON PROCEED TO GATE NOW!

    I rush to catch the flight.. Ten minutes later. We are in the air, ask the airhostess (MANU fan) to find out the scores from the captain! No news, very nervous now. i got no news until we landed!

    On lading @ switched on my phone, called my bro, got the news.. Bust into tears, started bawling like a kid..

    You should see the faces of fellow passengers and the guys @ immigration (I was almost detained, can you image.. 34 year old, African with redeye’s, red passport & African accent!)

    Got in the taxi, paid my rip-off driver £64.00 + £20.00 tip (company expenses!)

    What a night.

    We’ll win it six times…

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  4. ademola...wow!!YOU r a true RED..heres hoping we can win it the sixth time..fingers crossed!YNWA...As for the immigration guys.being an Indian .hehe i can imagine that scene:-)though dont know if i would have reacted that exuberantly hehehe..great night for sure!!!UNFORGETTABLE..like they say...once in a lifetime..and we REDS fans are all privileged to have witnessed that game and the unbridled joy and ecstacy...not forgetting my run along with the open top bus the next day here in liverpool from anfield to city centre..worth every last aching muscle!!!!!

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  5. Hey guys, I've just added a few pictures to the post.

    SPPADIC: Hey bro, tomorrow is the day. COME ON YOU REDS !!!

    DEMOLA: That is a fantastic story, loads better than mine. You'll never walk alone.......

    CALABARGAL: Your heart is in the right place. You'll never walk alone......

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  6. I've won it five times, I've won it five times! I kicked your arse and won it five times! (In Ancient Greece)

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