Friday, February 16, 2007

UEFA Champion's League in Retrospect- Episode III

Clubs D'Honneur

Bayern Munich

The Bundesliga giants have been the next most respectable side if looked statistically. Winning the tournament 4 times, and three of them coming in consecutive years 1973-74, 74-75, 75-76 thanks to the greats Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeness, Gerd Müller and free kick specialist Franz Roth. They helped Bayern to end the long awaited first title. The fourth title came late in 2000-01 where they beat Valencia in a nail biting 5-4 penalty shootouts, and “king kahn” holding nerves till the very end. This year they look a formidable side, and in spite of the domestic problems within the team and within the league, the team looks to give Real Madrid a run for their money when they play in the first knockout match next week.

Ajax Amsterdam

This club from Holland joins Bayern with a tally of four European championships in hand winning in 1970-71 and then consecutively in 1971-72 and 1972-73 beating Panathinaikos, Inter and yet unlucky Juventus and the star of this era was Johan Cruyff aka Pythagoras In Boots. A comeback in 1994-95 and another title for them, but after that they were not able to impress their fans back home. This year they are fighting it out in the UEFA cup with their home rivals PSV play Arsenal in the knockouts.

Teams that have won twice: -
Benfica, Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, FC Porto, Inter.
Teams that have won once: -
Celtic, Hamburg, Staeaua, Marseille, Feyenoord, Aston Villa, PSV, Red Star, Borussia Dortmund.

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