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Tigers_eye
May 23, 2007, 11:30 AM
Yea baby!! Can't get any better than this.

Arsenal, Man U, chelsea all watching from home, lol.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/6682899.stm

The ticket sales is out of hand. People are selling tickets at 3,500 Euros. wow!!

Let go reds!! Beat the whites. Milan won the toss.

Tigers_eye
May 23, 2007, 11:52 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/6669039.stm

Team news:

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=629 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD colSpan=3>AC Milan v Liverpool

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Date: Wednesday, 23 May
Kick-off: 1945 BST
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Athens
Watch (in UK): ITV1 and Sky Sports One
Listen: BBC Radio Five Live
Updates: BBC Sport website and mobile
<!-- S SF -->Liverpool's Boudewijn Zenden is set to be passed fit for the Champions League final against AC Milan.
The winger has been doubtful with an ankle injury, but should be available to start on the left side.
Reds boss Rafael Benitez said: "He looks like he will be OK, he has trained and I expect him to be fit."
Benitez is expected to play a five-man midfield with skipper Steven Gerrard likely to occupy a supporting role to lone striker Dirk Kuyt. <!-- E SF -->
<!-- S IMED -->http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/icons/video_text.gifNews conference: Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/sol/newsid_6680000/newsid_6681800?redirect=6681821.stm&news=1&bbram=1&bbwm=1&nbram=1&nbwm=1)
<!-- E IMED --><!-- S IMED -->http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/icons/video_text.gifReport: Anfield faithful descend on Athens (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/sol/newsid_6680000/newsid_6681800?redirect=6681881.stm&news=1&bbram=1&nbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1)
<!-- E IMED --><!-- S IMED -->http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/icons/video_text.gifInterview: Owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/sol/newsid_6680000/newsid_6682300?redirect=6682377.stm&news=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&nbram=1)
<!-- E IMED --><!-- S IMED -->http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/icons/audio_text.gifInterview: Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/sol/newsid_6680000/newsid_6681800?redirect=6681825.stm&news=1&nbwm=1&nbram=1&bbram=1&bbwm=1)
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AC Milan fielded virtually a second-string side in their 3-2 defeat to Udinese at the San Siro on Saturday.
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The Italians have been boosted by the return from a knee injury of veteran defender Paolo Maldini, who will play in his eighth final.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti's biggest task is between Filippo Inzaghi and Alberto Gilardino to play up front.
Ancelotti admitted he has already decided who will lead the line but was keeping his cards close to his chest.
"Inzaghi scores more goals, but Gilardino's support work is better," he said. "I've already decided on my team but I haven't told the players yet.
"Everyone deserves to play, not only the eleven who start the match. We will have to play our own game in the knowledge it will be difficult to play the ball around against a team that gives very little space.
"But I can say that the squad is in good shape. We have worked well, and we are ready for Wednesday."
Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant looks likely to start the match on the right, just two years after he was in prison for motoring offences, while Harry Kewell is on standby if Zenden does not make it.
Momo Sissoko has been struggling with injury but even if he is passed fit he is likely to miss out on a midfield slot.
But Liverpool's first-choice keeper Jose Reina and back-up Jerzy Dudek have both shaken off injuries.
Reina will join a select band of just three father and sons who have appeared in European Cup finals.
Miguel Sanchez and his son, also Miguel, achieved that feat for Real Madrid, Cesare and Paolo Maldini did so for Milan, and now Miguel and Jose Reina, for Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.
German official Herbert Fandel will referee Wednesday's game in the Olympic Stadium.
Fandel, 43, has been in charge of three of Liverpool's Champions League matches - the last being the 1-0 defeat by Barcelona at Anfield in March - and he has handled five Milan matches in the European Cup.
Carsten Kadach and Volker Wezel are assistant referees, with Florian Meyer the fourth official.
BIG MATCH STATS

Definitions of terms used:-
Champions League (CL) - only group phase matches and beyond of this competition which began in 1992-93.
Champions Cup/Champions League - all matches played since it began in 1955-56 including qualification matches.
European matches - all matches played in the major European tournaments (Fairs Cup, Uefa Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Champions Cup, Champions League).
Uefa Super Cups, Intertoto Cups and the old Intercontinental Cup competition are excluded.
Head-to-heads
AC Milan and Liverpool's only previous meeting in European competition was the epic Champions League final of 2005, which ended in a 3-3 draw. The English club had recovered from a 3-0 half-time deficit, and eventually won 3-2 on penalties.
Eight of AC Milan's starting eleven that night - Dida, Cafu, Maldini, Nesta, Kaka, Pirlo, Gattuso and Seedorf - are still with the club, as is second half substitute Serginho. Milan's opening goal in that final was scored by Paolo Maldini after just 53 seconds and is one of only two first minute goals in a Champions Cup/Champions League final, the other (timing in seconds is unknown) was scored by Real Madrid's Enrique Mateos in the 1959 final. Maldini's goal also made him the oldest Champions Cup/Champions League goalscorer at 36 years 333 days. Nine of Liverpool players that started that final - Dudek, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise, Alonso, Luis Garcia, Gerrard and Kewell - are still at the club.
AC Milan have played one other European final against an English club. They defeated Leeds 1-0 in the 1973 Cup Winners' Cup. Liverpool have played two other European finals against Italian clubs, winning one and losing one. They won the 1984 Champions Cup against AS Roma 4-2 on penalties, having drawn 1-1 after 120 minutes. The Merseysiders were defeated 0-1 by Juventus in the climax to the 1985 Champions Cup.
European history
AC Milan have played in 13 European finals, winning eight and losing five. In the Champions Cup/Champions League, they have played in 10 previous finals, winning six and losing four.
Liverpool have played in 10 European finals, winning eight and losing two. In the Champions Cup/Champions League, the Merseysiders have only lost once in six finals.
Current European form
Both clubs have lost three Champions League matches this season. Milan succumbed to AEK Athens, Lille and Manchester United, while Liverpool were defeated by Galatasaray, Barcelona and Chelsea.
Both clubs entered the competition in the third qualifying round, and repeated history. The last two teams to reach the final coming from qualifying were Liverpool in 2004-05 and AC Milan in 2002-03.
Player and disciplinary info
Paolo Maldini will be playing in his eighth Champions Cup/Champions League final, equalling the record set by Real Madrid's "Paco" Gento in the 1950s and 1960s.
Alessandro Costacurta can become the fourth man to play in at least six finals and Clarence Seedorf can become the 11th to play in at least five.
Both Costacurta and Maldini can win the competition for the fifth time, one short of Gento's record of six. The only other players to have won it five times are Alfredo di Stefano and Jose Zarraga.
Paolo Maldini (38) will be the oldest player ever to captain a Champions Cup/Champions League team if he plays. He will break the 46 year old record set by Barcelona goalkeeper Antonio Ramallets (36) in 1961. Alessandro Costacurta (41) can become the oldest outfield player ever in a Champions Cup/Champions League final.
Maldini is the only Italian to have played 100 Champions League matches. He reached his century in the first leg of this year's second round match against Celtic.
Clarence Seedorf can become the first player to win four Champions League titles.
Jamie Carragher is Liverpool's most experienced player in the Champions League with 52 appearances, one ahead of his team mate John Arne Riise. Luis Garcia has scored 10 goals in the Champions League, more than any other Liverpool player.
Other miscellaneous facts
This match will be AC Milan's 300th in European competition. If they score two goals they will have recorded 500 in European competition. They also need to score three times to record 350 in Champions Cup/Champions League matches.
The 2007 Champions League final will be the 58th match of the season for both clubs.
Six Liverpool players have played in at least 48 matches for the club this season. The list is headed by Jermaine Pennant (50) and completed by Reina, Carragher, Gerrard (49 each), Xabi Alonso and Peter Crouch (48 each).
The AC Milan players with the most appearances this season are Clarence Seedorf (49), Andrea Pirlo (48) and Marek Jankulovski (47).
AC Milan head coach Carlo Ancelotti is one of only five people to have won this competition as a player and a coach. He won as a player with AC Milan in 1989 and 1990 and as a coach in 2003.
Both head coaches are going for their second triumph in the Champions Cup/Champions League. Liverpool's Bob Paisley is the only manager to have won the competition three times (1977, 1978 and 1981). Current head coach Rafael Benitez has now reached a European final in three of the last four seasons. He won the previous two with Valencia (Uefa Cup 2004) and Liverpool (Champions League 2005).
Liverpool can equal AC Milan's six Champions Cup/Champions League wins. Only Real Madrid (nine) have more. The Spanish record of 11 Champions Cup/Champions League titles will be equalled, regardless of which club wins the match. Both Italy and England currently have 10. If Liverpool win, Spain's record of 29 European titles will be equalled by English clubs.
Venue
Athens is the third city to host the Champions League Final twice. Munich (1993 and 1997) and Saint-Denis (2000 and 2006) have also served as the venue on more than one occasion. In 1993-94, AC Milan thrashed Barcelona 4-0 in the final at the Athens Olympic Stadium.
The Greek capital also welcomed the 1982-83 Champions Cup final (when Hamburg beat Juventus 1-0), and the 1986-87 Cup Winners' Cup final (when Ajax prevailed against Lokomotiv Leipzig 1-0).
Players with fond memories of the stadium are Paolo Maldini, who played in the 1993-94 final, and Alessandro Costacurta, who was a part of Milan's winning campaign that season, but was suspended for the final. Also Liverpool's Javier Mascherano, because on 28 August 2004, he won an Olympic gold medal for Argentina, beating Paraguay in the final of the Athens Summer Games. With only the final to conclude the 2006-07 season, it is possible that the average attendance record will be broken. The previous 124 matches in this season's main competition have drawn 5,494,359 spectators for an average of 44,309 per match. The season record in the Champions League (since 1992-93) was set in 1993-94 at 44,413 spectators per match. This year's showpiece needs to draw 57,270 to break that record. A sell-out would number approximately 63,800, although the stadium has a capacity of 71,000, of which roughly 90% has been made available for the CL final. Big Match Stats source: Infostrada Sports
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cricket_dorshok
May 23, 2007, 11:55 AM
Hopefully, i'll watch the match!

Shehwar
May 23, 2007, 12:10 PM
Milan are clear favourites buddy...I'll probably bet a good some on them...but u never know..Lets hope we have a good match.....20 quid says Kaka will score within the first 20 minutes!

Beamer
May 23, 2007, 12:22 PM
Anybody but Liverpool! So, I am rooting for Milan. They will take revenge this time. Liverpool will play for penalty kicks. I hate their suffocating style of bland football.

ManUnited will do it next year. We will get Frenando Torres this summer !

crikss
May 23, 2007, 12:59 PM
if anyone wants to see the match...just click on my signature....feeling bad cause MANU is not there

Sorry
May 23, 2007, 01:15 PM
ManU = 1 champions league final appearnce in last 21 years
ManU= another champions league final appearance in next 21 years

It would be good for me to watch ManU playing champions league final as a pensoner.

Tigers_eye
May 23, 2007, 01:22 PM
ManU = 1 champions league final appearnce in last 21 years
ManU= another champions league final appearance in next 21 years

It would be good for me to watch ManU playing champions league final as a pensoner.
Let me take the knife and salt shaker from you. Naughty naughty!!

Nocturnal
May 23, 2007, 01:31 PM
15 mins to go ....waiting for a good match.

Beamer
May 23, 2007, 01:33 PM
ManU = 1 champions league final appearnce in last 21 years
ManU= another champions league final appearance in next 21 years

It would be good for me to watch ManU playing champions league final as a pensoner.

Oh ho..that hurt..

Liverpool : Last premier title - last century:lol:

Protic
May 23, 2007, 01:39 PM
Whats up with the match? Score? :[ I cant watch ittt..
Stupid Cable Operator..any online viewing ?

Protic
May 23, 2007, 01:42 PM
:'(

abdulw11
May 23, 2007, 01:46 PM
Match just kicked off Protic, try SopCast.

Protic
May 23, 2007, 01:48 PM
Thankks man abdul :] Please do post a 10 mins or 15 mins ..update.. lol
:$ and ofcourse about goals..if any scored..
Im trying sopcast.

crikss
May 23, 2007, 01:55 PM
I hope Its Liverpool

Tigers_eye
May 23, 2007, 02:02 PM
1st good attempt by any team.

1956: A mistake from Marek Jankulovski and Jermaine Pennant is through on goal on the left. The first shot of the game and Dida saves well low to his left with a parry. Nobody is on hand to follow up for Liverpool.

1957: This is better from Liverpool. AC Milan are hoofing it clear in hope. Not very Italian that. Pippo Inzaghi is a frustrated spectator at the minute.

abdulw11
May 23, 2007, 02:21 PM
Protic use this for live updates if you can't get SopCast to work:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/6685231.stm

So far, Liverpool look the most likely to score...

abdulw11
May 23, 2007, 02:32 PM
Liverpool 0-1 Milan

Pirlo scores from a freekick with a deflection from Inzaghi. It's been credited to Inzaghi...I think.

Half time now.

Nocturnal
May 23, 2007, 02:35 PM
Great free kick and final touch by Pirlo and Inzaghi. :)

Tigers_eye
May 23, 2007, 02:38 PM
what the...? without the deflection it would have been a no issue. grrr!!! Oh! well we will do better in the next half.

Beamer
May 23, 2007, 02:39 PM
ManU = 1 champions league final appearnce in last 21 years
ManU= another champions league final appearance in next 21 years

It would be good for me to watch ManU playing champions league final as a pensoner.

Uhh..'99 Man United..

Before the fluke win in 2005, Liverpool actually won in early 80's. You must have confused the 21 yr thing with Liverpool :lol:

Milan 1 Liver 0 HT

Sorry
May 23, 2007, 03:02 PM
Uhh..'99 Man United..

Before the fluke win in 2005, Liverpool actually won in early 80's. You must have confused the 21 yr thing with Liverpool :lol:

Milan 1 Liver 0 HT


That hurts too, mate.
i thinke Rafa said if you give me champion’s league trophy every year, I would take premiership 3<SUP>rd</SUP> place every year. that says it all.

Btw, ManU appeared once in champions league final in their entire club history.
Fluke, style of play, whatever you want to say, history says it all.
And don’t forget Liverpool were down 3-0 half time couple of years ago.

ialbd
May 23, 2007, 03:16 PM
GO Milan......

ialbd
May 23, 2007, 03:28 PM
hmm 2-0....

ialbd
May 23, 2007, 03:33 PM
2-1... liverpool fans, finger crossed ?

Nocturnal
May 23, 2007, 03:39 PM
AC Milan 2 - 1 Liverpool
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

Special 1
May 23, 2007, 05:10 PM
sweet justice.

Beamer
May 23, 2007, 08:50 PM
Aftermath of the match fixing scandal saw Italy winning the WC and now AC Milan the UEFA champions league. Go Figure..

Hatebreed
May 24, 2007, 03:38 AM
Hahaha justice is served! Thank you Milan!

Loserpool fansL-)

You can always talk the talk but can't walk the talk.

Hatebreed
May 24, 2007, 03:50 AM
Oh L'pool fans, go hide your collective red butts under your rocks coz you only seem to come out when Man Utd loses or your team is in a position to win something. Together, you'll never cry alone. :lol::floor:>:)

Hatebreed
May 24, 2007, 06:00 AM
That hurts too, mate.
i thinke Rafa said if you give me champion’s league trophy every year, I would take premiership 3<sup>rd</sup> place every year. that says it all.


Looks like Rafa doesn't agree with you.. or himself-

Liverpool finished third in the Premiership this season and Benitez added: "We need to pay the price needed for each position. We have finished 21 points behind United and 15 behind Chelsea.


"They will both spend big money again and we will just be marking time. If we continue the way we are we will be fighting for third or fourth spot again at the end of the season - and we cannot have that all the time.

- BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/6686935.stm)
:floor::floor::floor:

Tigers_eye
May 24, 2007, 07:46 AM
We are proud to be in the finals so many times. At least we were there. That is an achievement in itself. How many times did the other English clubs been there? Man U fans, Championship league is not that important to you cause you can't compete, I know. Feel sorry for you. May be its time to switch side for you just to taste how it feels being in the championship game.

It was a good game. We'll try to be there again. Being there alone would give you an opportunity. Not being there gets you none. Reds fan are proud even after this loss.

Hatebreed
May 24, 2007, 07:59 AM
I don't know where you got the impression CL is not important to us. If that's true, than the Premiership is also not important to you, simply because you can't win it. This season it was important for United to win the premiership, to only stop Chelsky run away with it for a third time but to show we are still the champions of England. In CL, we lost to an excellent Milan side. Hopefully next year we will be better prepared to have a go at it.

Hatebreed
May 31, 2007, 08:32 AM
I'm not here to rub salt on the wound but raise an important question. I'm posting this here as it's relevant to the champions league final.

What is it with Liverpool fans and violence?

Pictures from UCL final:

http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/74250616.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1935A6DEC864C2BC5D932BD6EB270F7F867

http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/74250577.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1935A6DEC864C2BC5D9B52D61FB283A55F0

http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/74250574.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1935A6DEC864C2BC5D943E02394021A3348

http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/74250573.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1935A6DEC864C2BC5D938B443D71ACFA788


Do you wanna get all English clubs banned from Europe again??