Home advantage?

Bayern Munich will take on Chelsea FC in this years Champions League final. The match itself will be played Bayern’s home stadium the Allianz Stadium. So far, through out the history of the Champions League (or European Cup) there has only ever been three years where the host venue has had it’s home team make the final. Real Madrid in 1957, Inter Milan in 1965 and Roma in 1984.

Real Madrid played in the Bernabeu against Italian side Fiorentina in ‘57. Real won the game 2-0 thanks to a penalty from Alfredo Di Stefano in the 69th min and a 75th min winner from forward Francisco Gento. The win saw Madrid successfully defend their European Cup title and would be the second of five consecutive Cups they would win. A feat that will surly never be repeated.

Internazionale in 1965 after beating Benfica 1-0 in the San Siro. The victory saw Inter win their second European Cup as well as (just like Real in ‘57) defend the title they had won the previous season. The match was won thanks to a 42nd min strike by Brazilian winger Jair da Costa. It would be the last time the club would win the Cup until Jose Mourinho’s Inter side of 2010.

Roma lining up before the 1984 European Cup final in the Stadio Olimpico. Liverpool FC lined up against the Giallorossi that night, where the matched ended 1-1. To date this was the only time Roma have managed to make the final of the European Cup. Roma went on to lose the match on penalties. The shoot out has become legend thanks to the antics of Liverpool keeper Bruce Grobbelaar. Grobbelaar employed the strange tactic of wobbling his legs while lining up to stop Roma’s penalties. The tactic seemed to work as Francesco Graziani blased his penalty over the bar, leaving Alan Kennedy to score the winning penalty. It was Liverpool’s forth European Cup. 


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