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Old May 25, 2004, 09:03 AM
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LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) - Facts and trivia ahead of Wednesday's 2003/2004 Champions League final between Porto and Monaco:


===== * Porto have appeared in three European finals. They beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in 1987 to win the European Cup and Celtic 3-2 after extra-time to win the UEFA Cup in 2003. They also played in the 1984 Cup Winners Cup final which they lost to Juventus. * Porto have remained unbeaten against French sides this season. They played Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyon in earlier rounds. * Porto goalkeeper Vitor Baia can become the 10th player in European football history to have won all three major European trophies. He won the Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona in 1997 and the UEFA Cup in 2003 with Porto. * Porto's current 10-match unbeaten run in European competition is a club record and equals the Portuguese record set by Benfica in 1982/1983. * Porto midfielder Costinha played for, and captained, Monaco during his four-season spell at the club between 1997 and 2001. * Porto's Carlos Alberto will be the ninth youngest player to have played in a European Cup final if he makes an appearance. * Three Porto players have so far completed every minute (1,080) of their side's 12 Champions League matches. They are Ricardo Carvalho, Vitor Baia and Paulo Ferreira. * Porto could become the second club to win the European Cup the season after winning the UEFA Cup. Liverpool also did this in 1976 and 1977. * Porto have not had a player dismissed in this season's Champions League.


====== * Monaco's only previous appearance in a European final was a 2-0 defeat by Werder Bremen in the 1992 Cup Winners' Cup final. The match was played in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. * Monaco last faced a Portuguese club in European competition back in 1997 when they beat Sporting 3-2 in the Champions League group stages. * Monaco coach Didier Deschamps would become the second successive coach to have won the European Cup as a coach and as a player after AC Milan's Carlo Ancelotti last season. * Deschamps would also become the youngest coach to win the European Cup. He would be 35 years and 224 days old. This would beat the record held by Jose Villalonga who won with Real Madrid in 1956 aged 36 years and 184 days old. * Monaco defender Hugo Ibarra is on loan at the club from Porto. * Fernando Morientes can become the 12th player to win the European Cup with two different clubs. He also won the European Cup with Real Madrid in 1998, 2000 and 2002. * Monaco have the two leading scorers in the 2003/2004 Champions League. Fernando Morientes has nine goals and striker Dado Prso, heading for Rangers, has seven goals. * Monaco finished third in Ligue 1, thus should they fail to win the final they would have to enter at the third qualifying round of next season's Champions League. * Monaco defender Andreas Zikos is the only player to have been sent off twice during the 2003/2004 Champions League season. * Julien Rodriguez has completed every minute (1,080) of Monaco's 12 Champions League matches so far. * This will be Monaco's 125th European match.


=========== * This will be the first match between the two sides in European competition. * Porto and Monaco were the two beaten semi-finalists in the 1994 Champions League. * Although there have been only 49 European Cup finals, this is the 50th match as the 1974 final between Atletico Madrid and bayern Munich required a replay. * This is the sixth European Cup final to be staged in Germany. * French clubs have a poor record in European Cup finals. Only once in five attempts have a French club won the European Cup final - Olympique Marseille in 1993. * Monaco's Lucas Bernardi and Porto's Jorge Costa, Costinha and Deco Souza lead the bookings table. Each has received four yellow cards during the 2003/2004 Champions League season
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