Juventus and Barcelona go head-to-head in Saturday’s final as they each look to complete continental and domestic trebles. Ahead of the match, Goal takes a look at some of the best Champions League finals to have taken place.
1994 – AC MILAN 4-0 BARCELONA | The 39th European Cup final was dominated by AC Milan who put Barcelona on the backfoot from the outset. A crowd of 70,000 watched on in Athens as the Italians tore into their opponents with goals from Massaro (2), Savicevic and Desailly
1995 – AJAX 1-0 AC MILAN | AC Milan were looking to tie Real Madrid’s record of six European Cup titles but it was Ajax who ran out winners in Vienna. Former Milan star Frank Rijkaard released Patrick Kluivert in the 85th minute and the Dutchman made no mistake to slot past Sebastiano Rossi.
1997 – BORUSSIA DORTMUND 3-1 JUVENTUS |The German side lifted their first and only European Cup after beating Juventus in Munich. Paul Lambert’s cross was converted by Karl-Heinz Riedle after half an hour. Five minutes later Riedle then made it 2-0 by heading home a corner. Del Piero gave hope to the Italians in the 65th minute but Dortmund local boy Lars Ricken, 16 seconds after coming off the bench, chipped Peruzzi to seal victory.
1999 – MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 BAYERN MUNICH | Bayern Munich appeared to have it in the bag after Mario Basler’s free kick in the sixth minute stood as the only goal up until the 90th minute. No one could have predicted what followed as substitute Teddy Sheringham steered home a weak shot from Ryan Giggs in the first minute of injury time. Then less than a minute later a David Beckham corner was flicked on by Teddy Sheringham and United’s second sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer poked home to snatch victory.
2002 – BAYER LEVERKUSEN 1-2 REAL MADRID | The 2002 final was contested between Bayer Leverkusen, making their first final appearance, and Real Madrid, who eyed their ninth European Cup title. Raul got Los Blancos off to a perfect start by scoring in the 8th minute. However Leverkusen’s Brazilian defender Lucio cancelled this out six minutes later. The Hampden Park crowd weren’t prepared for what was to follow as Zinedine Zidane produced an unadulterated moment of magic to fire Madrid to glory. The Frenchman’s left-foot volley from a lofted cross into the top corner knocked the stuffing out of Leverkusen.
2005 – AC MILAN 3-3 LIVERPOOL | Favourites AC Milan took the lead in the first minute through Paolo Maldini and Herman Crespo added a quick-fire double before half-time to give Milan a three-goal lead going into the break. In the second half Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool began one of the greatest comebacks in European Cup history. Captain Steven Gerrard headed home in the 54th minute. Vladimír Smicer made it 3-2 two minutes later and Xabi Alonso completed the comeback by squeezing home a rebound from his own penalty which was initially saved by Dida. Liverpool were crowned European champions after a penalty shootout which saw Pirlo and Shevchenko falter.
2009 – BARCELONA 2-0 MANCHESTER UNITED | Barcelona claimed their third European Cup title against defending champions Manchester United in Rome in 2009. Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi combined to release Samuel Eto’o who jinked past Vidic and poked the ball home to give Barca a lead in the 10th minute. Lionel Messi all but sealed victory in the 70th minute with a looping header over Van der Sar from a Xavi cross.
2011 – BARCELONA 3-1 MANCHESTER UNITED | Sir Alex Ferguson’s side sought a repeat of the club’s 1968 Wembley final victory over Benfica, albeit at the new Wembley Stadium, which hosted its first final. However Barcelona rewrote the script with a dominant performance which saw Pedro give them a 27th minute lead. Wayne Rooney levelled the scores with a curling effort after a neat one-two with Ryan Giggs in the 34th minute. Lionel Messi restored the lead with a speculative shot that caught Van der Sar off-guard in the 54th minute and David Villa rounded off the victory with a 20-yard strike into the top corner.
2013 – BAYERN MUNICH 2-1 BORUSSIA DORTMUND | Hosted at Wembley for the second time in three years, it was the first time two German sides had met in the final. Borussia Dortmund started strongly and pushed Bayern back for the first hour. Mario Mandzukic broke the deadlock on 60 minutes with a left foot finish after combining with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Ilkay Gundogan equalised from the penalty spot eight minutes later but Robben broke Dortmund hearts in the 89th minute by squeezing a low shot past Weidenfeller.
2014 – REAL MADRID 4-1 ATLETICO MADRID | Diego Godin headed Atletico into the lead on 36 minutes and kept Atletico in front until deep into injury time when Sergio Ramos headed home a corner from Luka Modric. Ramos’ equaliser appeared to be a sucker punch for Atletico as Madrid tore into their city rivals in extra-time. Gareth Bale headed home the rebound from Angel Di Maria’s shot in the 110th minute, Marcelo fired home from just inside the area on 118 minutes and Cristiano Ronaldo crowned Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup title with a penalty after he was brought down by Gabi. La Decima was complete.