Tag Archives: soccer

Dynamo Kyiv: Would they have stopped United’s treble?

The trophy in the middle could easily have been Old Big Ears.

The trophy in the middle could easily have been Old Big Ears.

Season: 1998/9

When people think of the 1999 Champions League one thing springs to mind: Manchester United’s seminal comeback in the final against Bayern Munich.

However, they could easily have been playing Dynamo Kyiv in the final rather than the Germans, as the Ukranian outfit surprised everyone by making the last four. Continue reading

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Adriano: A story of what might have been

Not the look of a man who once terrified defenders all around Europe.

Not the look of a man who once terrified defenders all around Europe.

2005 Confederations Cup final: Brazil 4-1 Argentina. The Brazilians battered their rivals and looked a simply unstoppable force on their way to retaining the World Cup in Germany in a year’s time. Adriano scored a brace in the final, taking his tournament tally to five on his way to the Golden Shoe as top goalscorer and Golden Ball as best player. The 24-year-old had the world at his feet. Continue reading

The Nearly Men: Bayer Leverkusen

Butt and Lucio look on as Zidane scores THAT goal

Butt and Lucio look on as Zidane scores THAT goal

Season: 2001/2

Roberto Carlos runs down the left. He hooks the ball high into the box hoping a team-mate can make something of his hopeful ball. Thankfully the ball falls to Zinedine Zidane. The French genius swings his left boot and scores the most replayed goal in Champions League history to clinch a 2-1 victory in the 2002 final at Hampden Park. Continue reading