Wednesday, May 23, 2007


"Here's a song about a football team
The greatest team you've ever seen
A team that play total Football
They've won the league, Europe and all.

A Liverbird upon my chest
We are the men, of Shankly's best
A team that plays the Liverpool way
And wins the championship in May ..."

- -Liverbird Upon my Chest

The fields of Anfield Road might be touched with crimson before the turn of this year. The team that rose out of the ashes two years back against Milan find themselves against the Italian giants once again. With five Champions League titles the men in red have moved from strength to strength and while Ancelotti might shelve the English team as the least talented of the top EPL teams[ Man Utd. Chelsea and Liverpool] the kopites can give Athens a game to remember and talk about.

Some random facts-[ courtesy BBC SPORTS]

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Paolo Maldini will be playing in his eighth Champions Cup/Champions League final, equaling the record set by Real Madrid's "Paco" Gento in the 1950s and 1960s.

4. 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 equaled, 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 equaled by English clubs.

Tahole it's tonight. Football gets me atavistic.

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