Club football makes the most part of sports entertainment throughout the year. From league matches to UEFA Champions League, the entire football season offers thrilling and some really memorable moments to spectators. To provide an opportunity for a wonderful recall as far as the greatest football Champions League matches, we were here with our list of top five greatest Champions League matches in the history of football:
Liverpool 3-3 Milan – Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties (2005 finals)
In first half, Milan was leading with 3 goals with goals from Hernan Crespo and Maldini. In second half, it was a six minutes magical spell where Vladimir, Gerrard and Alonso for Liverpool scored to level with Milan. It was then on the penalty shoot where Jerzy Dudek excelled and Andiry Shevchenko saved two goals stunningly.
Juventus 2-3 Manchester United (1999 semi-final second leg):
This match was all about Roy Keane. His performance was exceptional and its residual effect on team mates was astounding. After the game was leveled by Filippo Inzaghi and Dwight Yorke, the Manchester United side were ahead on away goals but the team kept attacking and Cole’s goal helped the team win this match.
Deportivo 4-0 Milan (2004 quarter final second leg)
It was probably the one match were Milan seemed very feeble in defence. Goals from Juan Carlos, Walter Pandiani and Albert Luque brought Depotrive the lead. In the second half, Gonzalez Fran scored the fourth goal by sweeping away Rossaneri’s defence.
Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona (2004- 16 second leg)
Frank Lapard, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Damien Duff within twenty minutes scored 3 goals however by half-time Ronaldinho struck once from the 20 yard belters and once from the penalty spot. It was Petr Cech who saved the other three could-have-been-goals from Andres Iniesta, Juliano Belletti and Carlos Puyol.
Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool (2009 second leg of quarter final)
In this match, thrills and spills were expected and the match went on for 180 minutes. Petr Cech of Chelsea football club forgot how to get hold of goal but it was the brilliance of Didier Drogba who was at this unplayable best. In addition, Frank Lampard eventually excelled in a match that flowed and ebbed so much as to make even the seasonal fan nauseous.
Valencia 5-2 Lazio (2000- quarter final first leg)
The main difference between the two sides was a hat-trick from Gerard Lopez. Gerard’s first goal came in when his team mate Miguel Angel Angulo opened the score for Valencia. It was Inzaghi who scored before Gerard scored twice. For Italian side, Marcelo Salas gave some hope to the team however it was Lopez who had already done enough damage for the Italian side.
These are some of the most memorable matches in football Champions League. Since the current matches get more exposure due to media, the memory obviously recalls the latest encounters so far. Stay tuned with us for more memorable and greatest football matches ever played in the history of football.
Football World Cup takes 64 games among 4 groups to get one winner. Brazil, Germany Argentina, and Spain are the favorites but, as said by the Bet fair market, many of others have a chance. Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain still have higher chances of winning the world cup football 2014. Uruguay and France might benefit from tough group draws of these top four favorites of world cup football 2014.
If Germany could win their group matches they should have the calmest route to the semifinal so they are possibly the safest bet with a chance of trading out at a later phase. Spain is a strong contender but they were beaten 3-0 by Brazil in Confederations Cup plus if Spain fails to win in their group they will probably face Brazil in the 2nd Round.
Brazil and Argentina appear to have the easiest group stage matches and also have the benefit of playing in South America (Brazil has a lot of benefit of being the host country). It would certainly be a close game however Brazil’s home benefit can’t be undervalued and it would take huge strength from any side to beat a football team such as Brazil playing at home at World Cup Finals.
Recent international performance of Brazil is not up to the mark, however home factor adds a lot to Brazil’s chances. They have got a very convenient group draw plus if Brazil and Argentina both top their own groups they’ll evade each other till the final. Brazil is so far the most successful football team in world cups, with 5 trophies under their belt out of 7 times they have reached the finals.
In recent world cups, Germany has performed at a level which is below par. In recent international tournaments, Germany has made it to top 4 or top 8 in almost all cases. There last world cup win so far was in 1990. They were second place in 2002 and semi-finalists in two following contests, a feat matched at Euro 2012. This time around, Germany has a good chance of lifting the cup.
Italy have over performed as frequently as they have underachieved in recent times. They won 2006 World Cup and also reached the final of Euro 2012 however they correspondingly came bottom most of their group at the 2010 World Cup plus also were removed in the group phase of Euro 2004. It appears things have to fall precisely right for Italy to do fine and it has to be supposed that on paper Italy does not look probable to match their World Cup chances.
Spain is the winner of 2010 world cup football and the defending champion this time around. Spain has also won Euro 2012. Also, Spain is the number 1 ranked football team participating in this world cup. They do have a good chance at lifting the cup.
France was one of the main under performers in recent major contests, World Cup 2006 has been the only contest since 2000 wherever France have made it to knockout round. They have been removed at group phase in 3 of their previous six contests. Presence of some star footballers however adds to the chances of France lifting world cup football 2014.
Argentina arguably has the best attack of any group in the world however in recent contests they have failed to come organized and play to their finest as a team. There are certain question marks over their defense however with the likes of Lionel Messi in the group Argentina are continually going to be a strength to reckoned with. Argentina also has the benefit of playing in their home landmass so there will be a lot of support for them which will enhance Argentina World Cup victory chances. Argentina has a properly clear route to the semifinal. Their last world cup victory was in 1986.
Football rose to the heights of popularity as a sport that promotes athletics, team spirit and mutual cooperation, hence earning its rightful place. Being the national game of most countries as well as the oldest sport in consideration, from the Aztec nobles to modern day, there was a need for an organization to oversee all international and association football. So the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was formed. A race for the world cup is held every four years, between 32 qualifying nations, on the hosting land, and the event breaches staggering popularity with about 715.1 million people watching in 2006.
Brazil has the honor of being the showstopper to the tournament at a maximum of five times, closely followed by Italy and Germany at four and three clean sweeps respectively. Uruguay and Argentina have won twice each, England, France and Spain once. Germany has had the most second place finishes, followed by Netherlands and further Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy and then France and Sweden owning up to the second-place once. Brazil once again shows its competence, having reached the finals seven times, along with the German football team. Italy lags closely behind with 6 finale battleships. Argentina reached four, Netherlands three, Uruguay along with three more countries, twice and Sweden, England and Spain being the recent, once. Most third place finishes have been credited to the teams of Germany at four, Brazil, France, Poland and Sweden at three. Austria, Chile and several others finished third, once. Germany was in the top three teams eleven times, Brazil nine times and Italy seven times. Several counties including Netherlands and Argentina have also been in the top three. Uruguay, Yugoslavia and others have remained fourth place finishers. Utmost fifth-eighth place finishes have been England’s at eight times, and Brazil and Argentina following closely. Brazil and Germany have both been in the top eight sixteen times, Italy and Argentina ten times.
Brazil has had the most world cup appearances at twenty, Italy and Germany at 18, Argentina at 16. England, Belgium, and Bulgaria follow with a lower number of appearances. Acclaiming their place as the football champions, Brazil and Italy have won two consecutive championships. Netherlands and Germany have had the most consecutive second place finishes. Germany also had had the most consecutive third place finishes. However no team has had a consecutive finish at the fourth place. Germany, Argentina and Brazil are among those with the most consecutive top four finishes. Switzerland has the most consecutive fifth-eighth place finishes.
As far as gaps go, the lengthiest gap between successive titles is for Italy at forty-four years (1938-1982). Argentina has the longest gap between successive appearances in the top two and three at forty-eight years (1930-1978). United States has had the longest gap between successive appearances in the top eight at seventy-two years (1930-2002). Egypt (1934-1990) and Norway (1938-1994) had the extended gap between consecutive appearances in the world cup finals. The bets finish by a host team was by Uruguay, West Germany, Italy, France, England. There were worst finishes by host teams too as that by South Africa. For a team breaching the field for the first time, Uruguay, Portugal, Croatia and Italy has had the best finishes. Football has not only surmounted countries, it has also brought them together.
The Mexico National football Team had been titled for the almost times hosted in the years of 1970 and 1986. The Italian National Football team had been titled for the most times hosted in the years of 1934 and 1990. The France National Football Team had been titled for the maximum times hosted in the years of 1938 and 1998. The Germany National Football Team had been famed for the almost hosted in the years of 1974. The Brazil National Football Team had been titled for the most hosted in the years of 1950 and 2014. The Japan National Football Team had been famed for the most hosted during the year of 2002. The South Africa National Football Team had been famed for the most hosted during the year of 2010.
The Uruguayan National Football Team had been titled for the best champion host in the year of 1930. The France National Football Team had been famed for the best champion host in the year of 1998. The Germany National Football Team had been titled for the best champion host in the year of 1974.The England National Football Team acquired the title for the best performance host in the year of 1966. The Italian National Football team had been titled for the best champion host in the year of 1934. Argentina National Football Team had been famed for the best champion legion in the year of 1978. The Brazil National Football Team had been titled for the best performance runners up host in the year of 1950. The Sweden National Football Team had been titled for the best performance by legion and famed as a runner up in the year of 1958.
The Italian National Football Team had been titled for the best performance by host and got the third place in the year of 1990.The Germany National Football Team had been famed for the best performance by host and ranked third in the year of 2006. The Chile National football Team had been famed for the best performance by legion and ranked third place in the year of 1962. The South Korea National Football Team had been titled for the best performance by host and ranked fourth place in the year of 2002.The France National Football Team had been famed as the best performance by legion and appeared in quarter final in the year of 1938. The Swiss National Football Team had been titled for the best performance by legion and appeared in the quarter final in the year of 1954.
The South Africa National Football Team had been titled for the worst performance by legion in the year of 2010, and it is referred to be the first team who had been disqualified in the very first round. The United States Men’s Soccer Team had been titled for the worst performance by host in the year of 1994. The Spain National Football Team had been titled as the worst performance by legion in the year of 1982 and disqualified.
Goal scoring: Ronaldo, the most famous and successful football player from The Brazil National team had been famed as the top scorer, overall the grand finale of the world cup, in the year of 1998-2006. Miroslav Klos from The Germany National Football Team had been famed for the top scorer, in the year of 2002, 2006 and 2010. Gerd Muller from the German Team had been famed for the top scorer in the year of 1970, 1974. Pele, the famous Brazilian footballer had been famed for the top scoring in the world cup, in the year of 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970. Ali Daei from Iran Football Team had been famed as the most goal scorer and overall qualifying in the year of 1994-2006. Just Fontain from France National Football Team had been framed as the top scorer of the most goals in the year of 1958.
Goal Keeping: Peter Shilton from England football team had been famed as most clean sheets, finals played without conceding 1982-1990. Fabien Barthez, from the National team of France had been famed as the fairest sheets, tournaments played without conceding in the year of 1998-2006. Walter Zenga from Italy National football team had been famed as the most sequential minutes without granting a goal in the grand finale in the year of 1990. Hong Duck Yung from South Korean team had been titled as the most goals granted in one tournament in the year of 1954. Antonio Carbajaj from the National Team of Mexico had been titled for the most goals granted. Pascal Zuberbuhler from the National Team of Switzerland, had been titled for the fewest granted goals in one tournament in the year of 2006.
Coaching: Helmut Schon from The West Germany National football team had been titled for the most tournaments coached in the year of 1966-1978. Vittorio Pozzo from the football team of Italy had been famed for the most tournaments championships in the year of 1934-1938. Juan Jose Tramutola had been titled as the youngest coach from The Argentina National Football Team, aged 27 years, in the year of 1930. Otto Rehhagel had been titled as the oldest coach from Greece football team, aged 71 years, in the year of 2010. Milorad Arsenijevic had been titled for the best appearance both as the goalkeeper and the player from Yugoslavia football team. He participated in the tournament as a player in the year of 1930 and later as a coach in the year of 1950. Franz Beckenbauer had been titled for the winning tournaments as a captain of the West Germany Football Team and also as a head coach. He won the tournament as a captain in the year of 1974, and as a coach in the year of 1990. Mario Zagallo from the Brazilian team had been titled for participating in the tournaments, both as a player and a head-coach. He appeared as a player in the year of 1958 and 1962, and as a coach, years of 1970 and 1998.
Antonio Carbajaj, the renowned goal keeper and football player, represented The Mexico National Football Team had been famed as the most matches played, in the year of 1950 and in the year of 1966. Lothar Mathaus is one the most successful football player represented The Germany National football team had been titled as the most matches played in the year of 1982-1998. Carlos Jose Castilho represented The Brazil National Football Team had been famed as the most matches played in the year of 1950, 1954, 1958 and 1962. Karl- Heinz from The German National Football Team had been titled as the most tournaments played in the year of 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970. Pedro Rocha, a former Uruguayan player, had been titled for the most tournament played in the year of 1962, 1966, 1970 and 1974.
Pele, the most renowned and successful football player from The Brazil National Football team had been crowned to be the winner of the several FIFA World Cup. Pele had won three FIFA World cup in the year of 1958, 1962 and in the year of 1970. Didi from The National Team of Brazil won the final cup in the year of 1958 and in the year of 1960. Lothar Mathaus from the team Germany had been titled most tournaments played in grand finale in the year of 1982-1998. Paulo Maldini represented The Italy National football Team and had been famed as the most minutes played in the final tournament in the year of 1990-2002. Ivan Hurtado from the Ecuador National Football team had been framed as the most qualifying appeared in the maximum finals in the year of 1994-2010.
Cafu, a leading player from The Brazil National Team had been famed as the most tournaments won in the grand finale, in the year of 1994-2006. Cafu again from the Brazilian team had been titled as the most appearances in the FIFA World Cup final, in the year of 1994.1998 and 2002. Diego Maradona, the world famous football player represented The Argentina National Football Team as the most appearances captain, in the year of 1986-1994. Denison, the Brazilian football player had been titled as the most appearances substitute in the grand finale, in the year of 1998-2002. Norman Whiteside, ages 17 years and 41 days had been famed as the youngest football player from the team Northern Ireland, played against Yugoslavia, in the year of 1982.
Tony Meola from the team United States had been titled as the youngest captain, 21 years old, played against Czechoslovakia, in the year of 1990. Roger Milla had been famed as the oldest player from the team Cameroon, 42 years old, played against Russia in the year of 1994. Peter Shilton had been famed as the oldest captain, 40 years old from the team England, played against Italy in the year of 1990, 7th July. Dino Joff had been titled as the oldest player appeared in the final tournament, 40 years old, played against Germany in the year of 1982.
The Spain National Football Team had been marked as the most sequential and successful qualification attempts. Spain appeared as a member in FIFA World Cup, in the year of 1904. This football team had first made their debut in the year of 1920, since then they took part thirteen out of the nineteen FIFA World Cup, and also nine out of fourteen in the European Championships. Spain’s National Team won the world cup in the year of 2010, and European Championship, in the year of 2012. The Luxembourg National Football Team had been titled as the most sequential failed qualification attempts, as they never won FIFA World Cup as well as European Champion League. The Brazil National Football Team had been titled as the most sequential winner qualification attempts, as they became five time championship in the FIFA World Cup, in the year of 1952, 1964, 1970, 1994 and again in 2002.
The Brazil National Football Team had won the title of the most sequential matches without any deprivation. The team Brazil defeated Austria, in the year of 1958 by scoring 3-0 and again defeated The Bulgaria National Football Team, in the year of 1966 by scoring 2-0. The Mexico National Football Team had owned a title of being the most back to back losses. The France National Football Team defeated Mexico by scoring 1-4, in the year of 1930 and also by Sweden National Football team scoring 0-3, in the year of 1958. The Belgium National Football Team had achieved the title as being the most back to back draws from The Netherland National Football Team by scoring 0-0, in the year of 1998, and also from The Tunisia National Football Team by scoring 1-1, in the year of 2002.
The Brazil National Football Team had achieved the title of the most sequential matches, at least attempting one goal in the year of 1938 and 1954. The German National Football Team has also achieved the title of the most back to back matches, scoring at least one goal, in the year of 1934 and 1958. The Uruguay National Football team had been titled as the most sequential matches, qualifying two goals, in the year of 1930; they appeared in The FIFA World Cup tournament as legion and defeated Argentina by scoring 4-2 in the final match. They again won their second title in the year of 1958, by defeating Brazil, by scoring 2-1, in the grand finale.
The Bolivia National Football Team had been titled for the most sequential tournaments conceding at any rate, of four goals in the year of 1930 and 1950. The Mexico National Football Team had been also rated for the most back to back matches conceding at any rate of four goals, in the year of 1930 and also in the year of 1950. The Mexico National Football team had been titled for the most sequential tournaments conceding at least three goals, in the year of 1930 and again in the year of 1950.
Teams overall performances could be justified by the average ration of the teams took part in FIFA World Cup. The Uruguay National Football Team twice won the FIFA World Cup in the year of 1930, being a host, with a record of overcoming Argentina football team 4-2 in the final round. They also achieved their second title in the year of 1950 overcoming Brazil football team by the records 2-1, which proved the maximum participation in overall matches. Uruguay had achieved 20 official titles which claims to be the world record providing the most auspicious international title declared by any country. Brazil had been successful winning FIFA World Cup, achieved five championships, in the year of 1958,1962,1970,1994 and 2002. This football team had attained as the all time most eminent average Football Elo Ranking in the world.
The Italian Foot Team is mentioned as the second successful team in the world championship records. The team Italy had achieved 4 titles, in the year of 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, including participating in two final championships, in the year of 1970 and 1974. It also acquired the third place in the year of 1990 and also the fourth place in the year of 1978. These are mentioned as the best overall performances as ever.
The most overall worst performances had been held by couple of teams, who took part in the world cup finals. The team South Korea is one of the most generous Asian team, who took part in the world cup finals, and could reach up to round 16, in the world cup final, in the year of 2010. Bolivia National Football Team, had appeared in the world cup finals, in the year of 1930 and 1950, and later they qualified just once, the world cup, held in the year of 1994. The national team of Haiti appeared just once in the FIFA world cup tournament, in the year of 1974, but defeated by Italy, Poland and Argentina. The El Salvador National Football team showed up in the FIFA World Cup in the year of 1972, later again in the year of 1982, but could not reach the expected criteria.
As a host team, the best overall performance goes to The Uruguay National Football Team, winning the FIFA World Cup tournament twice, the first world cup against Argentina, whom they defeated 4-2 in the final, including their second achieving record against Brazil, whom they defeated 2-1 in the final tournament in the year of 1950. The South Africa National Football Team, The Spain National Football Team, had achieved a title of being the worst performance teams, as being hosts. The Italy National Football Team had been crowned as the most defending teams and the best performer in the year of 1938. The France National Football Team had shown the worst overall performances in the year of 2002 as well. These are the categories of the popular national teams, who had delivered their performances in the final matches ever played.
Football has long since remained the favorite sport of most people around the world, which is proven by the fact that it is the national sport of the most countries. FIFA World Cup is an event celebrating the exuberance of the sport every four years. 32 teams qualify for the event based on their three-year performances but only one remains successful, domineering over the rest 31. Formed in 1932, it has become a widely viewed and appreciated event; with football enthusiasts found in front of their respective TV screens, watching every kick and move.
Brazil, being ever the football champion, is the team with most appearances in the first round of the Cup, as Brazilian Football Team is the one that appeared in all of the tournaments held in the FIFA World Cup ever since 1932. Germany and Brazil have both been successful above the first round at a track record of sixteen times. Ireland has made the most appearances, qualifying from the first level. Scotland, with a bit of bad luck, never got above the first round, unlike its neighbor England. Bolivia however took its bad luck to greater heights, qualifying just thrice for the FIFA World Cup and never winning a single match, having shadowed it’s prospects for future qualifications to the FIFA World Cup.
Football on an international level is competitive and combative. Some teams remained in the football world as champions, others as failures, thus diminishing into the pile of the world. Because football expects consistent progress and success, one-timers have no place here. That is why consecutive winners and finishers are also ranked. In the first round, Brazil has made the largest number of consecutive appearances (nineteen), while the German Football Team is the one that qualified from the first round the most at fifteen times. There is also track record of consecutive bad performances by teams, as Mexico and Scotland have been eliminated from the first round five times in a row. Host teams have rarely performed badly, owing to the cheers and support from their own crowd and the national support and comfort, but during the last FIFA World Cup in 2010, South African Football Team found itself never progressing from the first round, even though it was playing on it’s own land; thus deflating the spirits of its nation. And as far as the performance of defending champions goes, only Italy, Brazil and France have found themselves never getting above the first round, when playing as defending champions.
All these statistics simply enforce the fact around that the FIFA World Cup is a no-joke event. It has long since been appreciated for it’s credibility and those standards are here to remain, with every four passing years, and every new tournament. FIFA takes things on a fun level too, with fireworks and for a pinch of spice, an official Word Cup song by the likes of Shakira and Jason Lee. Thus, holding people on the edge of their seats, in anticipation.
In sports, a coach withholds intermediate importance. He is a person directly involved with the progress of the team and the sportsmen. The coach drives them, observes them, pinpoints their weaknesses and works with each and every player to eliminate them, the best way possible, ardently and proficiently. The success of a coach depends on his justice enforcing tactics and the way he preaches fair play to his subjects. He may also be directly involved with the important decisions that impact the team, as the player lineup and contract negotiations. However, his most important duty is to bring out the full potential of the individuals so that the team gives the best performance that is possible to be attained.
In the FIFA World Cup tournaments, the coaches of the respective teams have played an important part in the successes and the failures. A good backup through great coaching has always proved important in the difference between a win and a fail. Vittorio Pozzo, the Italian coach who led the Italian Football Team to FIFA World Cup victory twice, has won the most championships at two, making the Italian Football Team successful in the past as well as it is today. Helmut Schön (honored for coaching the most World Cup matches) and Franz Beckenbauer, the West Germany mentors along with Carlos Bilardo the Argentine coach and the current Argentina national manager, Mário Zagallo, the Brazilian coach and the Italian coach, Vittorio Pozzo, share the honor for having most finishes among the top two at three. All these men have managed their teams well, highlighted their competencies and strengthened their weaknesses, so that the individuals came together to give a great battleship.
Helmut Schön, a successful footballer as well as team manager, also has had the most finishes in the top three, as well as the top eight in the FIFA World Cup tournaments. Mário Zagallo, the Brazilian coach, shares however his rank of having most finishes in the top four at three. Zagallo was the first footballer to win the World Cup holding his position as the team coach as well as a team player, also being the second youngest coach to win a World title after the Uruguay coach, Alberto Suppici.
So the role of a coach or a mentor is fundamental to the long-term progress of a team, their success rate, their fitness, their tactics and strategies. In order to achieve as a team, they should have a strong back up and a teacher that is going to direct or drive them in the right direction. In the absence of a good guidance, the players fail as a team and deflate the spirits and cheer of the nation too. People like Schön, Pozzo and Beckenbauer have proved their aggressiveness for football to the world, through their coaching skills. Within their shadow, the football teams progressed like never before, leaving the imprints of their footsteps to the World, to follow and to celebrate.