With Steven Gerrard claiming that “you never stop believing in football, miracles do happen, its been proved,” GMF looks at the five greatest miracles to grace football in the last 15 years.
Ranging from unbeatable runs to Champions League victories, these events prove evidence of Gerrard’s comment today.
These videos will most certainly appeal to your footballing memories, even if you’re not a supporter these five clubs – their miracles can be appreciated.
Manchester United winning the Champions League in 1999 against Bayern Munich
Two late goals from striking heroes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer saw Manchester United turn over a 1-0 deficit with only three minutes remaining of the tie. Two corners and two goals from the Red Devils, quite extraordinary.
Look out for Lothar Matthaus’ reaction to Sheringham’s strike and Peter Schmeichel’s cartwheels of joy after the Solsjkaer strike – GMF’s personal favorites.
Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ as they ended the 2003/4 Premier League season without a single defeat
Arsene Wenger’s greatest ever side competed in the Premier League that season, consisting of players like Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry – Arsenal were unstoppable. A feat never repeated since its success and not likely to be for some time to come.
Liverpool winning the Champions League in 2005
AC Milan, boasting the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo, Hernan Crespo and Andriy Shevchenko burst into a 3-0 lead in the first-half – leaving Liverpool shellshocked. Whether it was the leadership of their talismanic captain, or an inspirational team-talk from Rafa Benitez, Liverpool led a second-half resurgence. The penalties win will go down as a true European miracle.
The last day of the Premier League season 2011/12. Manchester City pulling of a sensational comeback to win the Premier League title
Four minutes to go, Manchester United have beaten Sunderland 1-0 – they believe the title is in their hands. Meanwhile at the City of Manchester Stadium, City trail Queens Park Rangers 2-1, the fans cursing to their missed opportunity, the Premier League title slipping through their tear-laced hands.
Edin Dzeko rises tallest to plant a header into the QPR net, 2-2. The fans look up, with renewed optimism and hope, to see Sergio Aguero racing into the box, the ball at his feet – smashing the past the helpless Paddy Kenny. Manchester City win 3-2 and with it, the Premier League title, their first title since 1968. A sporting phenomenon.
Against all the odds, Chelsea defeating Barcelona in the semi-final and then Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League, their first ever Champions League trophy
This miracle actually began during Andres Villas Boas’ reign at Chelsea, when Napoli took a 3-1 lead against Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea. Roberto di Matteo was drafted in and led Chelsea to arguably their greatest ever triumph. Victory against Napoli at Stamford Bridge was to follow, lining up a tie against Benfica, before they met Barcelona in the last four.
Amazingly masterminding a two-legged victory against one of the greatest teams of all time – they met Bayern Munich in the final. In his farewell match, Didier Drogba’s scored an equaliser late on and then netted the winning penalty of the shootout to make Chelsea the Champions of Europe.