Top 10 European Cup UEFA Champions League Memorable Moments British Clubs

Top 10 European Cup UEFA Champions League Memorable Moments British Clubs: As we all aware about that UEFA Champions League will conducted every year by the British Club so here we are sharing the best top 10 memorable moment  European Cup matches.British clubs have the best memorable matches in UEFA Champions League, and some of the most remembered matches in the history European football involves clubs from England and Scotland.Here are the top 10 rememberable stories of the Champions League matches and the stories of those clubs in the European Cup in those seasons.This is most popular team in the UEFA i.e. Edinburgh team Hibernian, known more popularly as Hibs, became the first British football club to compete in the European Cup.

  • In 1955  Hibernian Played the UEFA Champions League against the Rot Weiss Essen i.e. Hibs vs Rot Weiss Essen

  • In 1967 Celtic Played against the Inter Milan  i.e. Celtic vs Inter Milan

  • In 1968 Manchester United Played against the Benfica i.e Manchester United vs Benfica

  • In 1970 Celtic Played the UEFA Champions League against the Leeds i.e. Celtic vs Leeds

  • In 1978 Nottingham Forest Played the European Cup against the Liverpool i.e. Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool

  • In 1982 Aston Villa Played the European Cup against the Bayern Munich i.e. Aston Villa vs Bayern Munich

  • In 1999 Manchester United Played against the Bayern Munich i.e Manchester United vs Bayern Munich

  • In 2005 Liverpool Played the UEFA Champions League against the AC Milan i.e Liverpool vs AC Milan

  • In 2008 Manchester United Played against the Chelsea i.e Manchester United vs Chelsea

  • In 2012 Chelsea Played against the Bayern Munich i.e  Chelsea vs Bayern Munich

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1955: Hibernian vs Rot Weiss Essen

Hibernian went on a great run till the semi-finals as the first British football club to compete in the European Cup

The first round opponents were West German Champions Rot Weiss Essen. The Scots crushed the Germans 5-1 on aggregate. Their next opponents were Swedish club Djurgarden IF who they easily beat 4-1 over two legs.

Hibs’ run finally came to an end in the semis against Reims who went on to lose the opening European Cup Final against Real Madrid. This would be Hibernian’s last foray into the competition, though they did claim the notable scalp of Barcelona in the 1960/61 Fairs Cup Final.

1967: Celtic vs Inter Milan

Unfancied Celtic celebrate their first Champions League triumph

Celtic’s first ever run in the Cup, would prove to be their most successful. After beating Dukla Prague in the semis, Celtic faced Inter Milan. The Italians had knocked out reigning champions Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, and went into the final as strong favourites.

Inter played a typically Italian brand of defensive football, but the underdogs were quietly confident. Their manager Jock Stein had assembled a team of locals (every player was born within 30 miles of Parkhead), who knew each others’ games inside out. Although star striker Joe McBride was missing, Celtic still felt their attacking ethos could overturn even the most defensive of teams.

1968: Manchester United vs Benfica

Manchester United clinched the European Cup in 1968

he year following Celtic’s triumph, Manchester United became the first English club to reach the European final. Man United did have the benefit of effectively playing at home, as the match was played at Wembley. It was a classic United starting eleven with such household names as George Best, Bobby Charlton, and Nobby Stiles on the team-sheet, though Dennis Law was injured.

The most famous player in the Benfica squad was Eusebio, the Black Panther, who had so impressed at the World Cup in England two years earlier.  The Benfica team was made up entirely of Portuguese citizens, whilst United’s starting eleven was composed of players from the British Isles.

1970: Celtic vs Leeds

Celtic’s win over Leeds set a European club record for attendance as 136,505 people saw the Scots go through 

This was the first time the champions of England and Scotland had met in Europe.  The media, on both sides of the border, hyped up the ‘Battle of Britain’. The English press seemed utterly convinced that Leeds would ease through the tie, despite Celtic’s European pedigree. However Don Revie’s men lost the opening leg at Elland Road nil-one through a first minute goal from George Connelly.

Celtic elected to play the corresponding fixture at Hampden Park, Scotland’s international stadium. Such was the interest that even thousands of supporters of Celtic’s arch-rivals Rangers bought tickets to cheer on the men in green and white. The extraordinary attendance of 136,505 remains a European club record, and since there is currently no stadium on the continent with a larger capacity, it will probably remain a record for the foreseeable future.

1978: Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool

Liverpool could not get past Nottingham Forest’s dogged defence in the second leg and were knocked out

Today the meeting of English clubs in Europe is a common occurrence. Yet before the introduction of the Champions League format in which, ironically, non-Champions could now compete, such meetings were extremely rare. In fact this was the first fixture between two English clubs in the European Cup.

Liverpool, the reigning champions of Europe, took on Nottingham Forest who’d won their only league title the previous season. Manager Brian Clough was at the peak of his career, and there was no one his team feared. Clough, probably the most revered English manager of all time, had earned his reputation at nearby Derby County, where he had guided the Rams to the English League title.

Best 10 European Cup Memorable Matches British Clubs

1982: Aston Villa vs Bayern Munich

Such was the dominance of English clubs in Europe at the time, Aston Villa’s surprise capture of the Cup is not widely acclaimed. In the decade between 1975 and 1985, it was assumed that whoever won the English League would have a great chance of triumphing in Europe.

Ron Saunders who had masterminded Villa’s English Championship the season before, resigned mid-campaign. Furthermore, the English Champions had made one of the poorest defences of league title in English football history, finishing the 1981/82 season in eleventh position.

1999: Manchester United vs Bayern Munich

Manchester United’s last-gasp comeback broke Bayern Munich hearts and won them the Champions League

Man United can be considered fortunate to have even been in the final. The previous season they had finished runners-up in England to Arsenal, but the 1998/99 season was the first time that the competition had been extended to include non-Champions.

United’s greatest achievement was beating Juventus 2-3 away from home in the second-leg of the semi-final. This was the first time that manager Alex Ferguson’s had reached the final of Europe’s greatest competition.

2005: Liverpool vs AC Milan

Liverpool players celebrate their Champions League win over Milan in 2005

Between 1977 and 1984, Liverpool dominated Continental football. They picked up four European titles, and as a result are the most successful British team in Europe. Regardless, the actual finals from Liverpool’s Golden Age were not particularly exciting affairs. The same could not be said of the 2005 final. Since the 1980’s the Merseysiders had experienced a marked decline, and their appearance in the final had not been widely predicted.

Manager Rafa Benitez, considered an expert in European football, had persisted with his controversial squad rotation system, which seemed to serve the club well during a congested fixture list at the end of the season.


2008: Manchester United vs Chelsea

Despair for John Terry after his penalty miss (Van der Sar would later save the decisive penalty)

With the introduction of the Champions League format, fans were becoming accustomed to all English ties in Europe. Nevertheless, this was the first all English final. Chelsea was led by caretaker gaffer Avram Grant, whose squad had just missed out to Man United in the league.

The star of the United team was the brash but highly skilful Christiano Ronaldo who scored in the twentieth minute. Chelsea stalwart Frank Lampard then equalised at the end of the first half.

2012: Chelsea vs Bayern Munich

Didier Drogba scored the decisive penalty to give Chelsea the win

Chelsea have often been accused of buying their success. Their Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has ploughed hundreds of millions of pounds into the club since taking over in 2003. Yet Chelsea had never quite managed to conquer Europe.

During the 2011/12 domestic season, the Londoners had a comparatively poor time in the English league, and Abramovich had sacked manager Andres Villas-Boas. His temporary replacement was the inexperienced Roberto Di Matteo. However the Italian caretaker boss steered his team towards an unlikely European Cup Final against Bayern Munich.

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