Champions League final 2002

Champions League final 2002

See their likes again

WITH the passage of time since last week’s Champions League final at Hampden has come the realisation that its flirtation with the firmament of world football was a bit like that of a man with his youth, a boy who has since grown up to assume responsibilities and then discovers that the world no longer revolves around him. He, like the glamour that still lingers above Glasgow this weekend, is only passing through.

Siestas mark the end of football fiesta

AFTER the last piece of tickertape had fluttered gently on to the Hampden turf, marking Real Madrid’s win of the Champions League final, the armada of Spanish fans invaded Glasgow’s streets.

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Zidane exudes aura of greatness

IT IS one of the enduring paradoxes of football at the highest level that it is a team game almost invariably shaped by an individual.

Real’s 2002 vintage get deserved recognition

THE great teams of the 1950s may have secured Real Madrid’s prominent place in history, but the jubilant Spanish media said yesterday that a third Champions League triumph in five years has made the 2002 vintage worthy successors.

Viva España is the Hampden roar again

IT WAS impossible, even before the intervention of one Zinedine Zidane, to avoid the feeling that Scotland found itself richly blessed last night. This was, of course, the third time the European Cup final had been staged at Hampden Park in a history burrowing back to 1956, and stretching back 47 games.

Crowning glory of centenary season

SO THAT’S it then. Natural order restored. Normal service resumed. Real rule again, once more occupying the place at the pinnacle of European football which has been theirs more often than it has belonged to any other club.

A smiling city takes centre stage

NEAR midnight, banners flying, they hit town again in their thousands, this vast Spanish invasion. All the way from Central Station and up Buchanan Street, the Madrileños come, pouring out into the city, dancing in the Glasgow drizzle.

Zidane’s golden shot is a fitting winner

REAL Madrid paid homage to their illustrious predecessors last night, lifting the European Cup at Hampden Park against German opposition 42 years after the most celebrated football club in history first accomplished the feat.

Winger hits back after being left out

STEVE McManaman believes that he has been left out of the England squad for the World Cup because Sven Goran Eriksson, the England manager, doesn’t rate him highly.

Pitch blast for Madrid

REAL MADRID’S stars were today accused of almost wrecking their Champions League party at Hampden by provoking a pitch invasion by their delirious fans.

Reliving 1960 with team of all talents

THE last time they were all at Hampden together, they shimmered in white. Yesterday, they shuffled in beige. Well, 1960, Real Madrid 7 Eintracht Frankfurt 3 and all that, was 42 years ago. The stars of that never-to-be-forgotten night are old men now and Glasgow, by 11 o’clock, hadn’t warmed up. So it was raincoats and overcoats all round.

German efficiency the mark of 1976

THE most striking aspect of the last European Cup final to be played in Glasgow is that it seems to be memorable for being forgettable.

Zidane screamer was no match for Diego's dazzler

REAL MADRID ace Santiago Solari today claimed team-mate Zinedine Zidane’s stunning Champions League winning goal couldn’t match countryman Diego Maradona’s World Cup solo strike against England.

Ten months, 237 games to find Europe's greatest

THE tournament got off to a low-key start last July when the champions of Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Ukraine pitted their wits against Linfield, Barry Town and Bohemians in the first qualifying round.

Zidane seals Real's destiny

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Glasgow glory goes to victors Real

IN THE simplistic narratives of football commentary, there is often talk of scripts. Generally, they refer to unusual occurrences, since the expected is less notable. But, such is the nature of the European Cup that the final – a game described by El Mundo’s Guillem Balague as “probably the most imbalanced final ever” – came wrapped in two possible storylines.

Macca’s double joy

STEVE McMANAMAN, now a two-time Champions League winner, admitted that Real Madrid had been under pressure to perform at Hampden after failing to win a domestic trophy this season.

Spaniards produce a victory fit for a king

THE victorious Real Madrid players were congratulated by the king of Spain, Juan Carlos, when the monarch visited the Spanish dressing room after last night’s Champions League success.

Reluctant hero is a team player

ZINEDINE Zidane last night shrugged aside the plaudits heaped upon him for the spectacular goal which earned Real Madrid their ninth European Cup triumph and earned him the winners’ medal he craved so badly.

Toppmoller pride in Bayer’s brave bid

KLAUS Toppmoller, the crestfallen coach of Bayer Leverkusen, swallowed his bitter disappointment at Hampden Park last night and insisted that his vanquished side deserved all the praise possible for their efforts this season.

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