Retro Football: 25 Brilliant Archive Photos Of Iconic Champions League Final Moments Past

Chris Wright

3rd, June 2017

As you’re probably well aware, the Champions League final is due to kick-off in Cardiff in a few hours’ time.

So, to wet your whistle for the 2017 edition, Pies thought we’d gee you up with a cavalcade of choice imagery from finals past.

Here they bloomin’ well be, presented in no particular order…

Teddy Sheringham steers a header onto Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s big toe as Manchester United complete their remarkable injury-time turn-around against Bayern Munich, 1999

The young(ish) Gianluigi Buffon sobs in his goalmouth as Juventus lose out to AC Milan on penalties in the 2003 final

Paulo Ferreira hugs a smug-as-you-like Jose Mourinho after winning the big one with Porto, 2004

Christian Karembeu and Nicolas Anelka leap into the pitch-side water feature after Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia at the Stade de France, 2000

An invading horde of football-shaped UFOs hover in formation over Old Trafford ahead of the 2003 final

Jerzy Dudek repels Andriy Shevchenko’s woeful penalty to settle the 2005 final in Liverpool’s favour

The tears are already starting to well up as dodgy sod causes John Terry to fall on his arse in Moscow, 2008

Lucio notices a crack in the Bayer Leverkusen defence, 2002

The scoreboard says it all as Karlheinz Riedle scores Dortmund’s second goal against Juventus, 1997

Marco Materazzi prevents Jose Mourinho from blasting off into the ionosphere after Inter Milan’s 2-0 win over Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu, 2010

Cristiano Ronaldo and Rio Ferdinand get lost amongst the tinsel after seeing off Chelsea in Russia, 2008

It takes five men (including Antonio Conte) to stop Fabrizio Ravenelli from reducing the Stadio Olimpico to rubble, 1996

Equal parts awkward and elegant, Zinedine Zidane lets fly with *that* volley against Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park, 2002

Liverpool’s victory parade navigates carefully through the crowds outside St George’s Hall, 2005

Pep Guardiola returns to his home planet after Barcelona’s dominant win over Manchester United at Wembley, 2011

From one legend to another, Franz Beckenbauer congratulates Ottmar Hitzfeld after Dortmund’s win over Juventus, 1997

Pietro Vierchowod demonstrates exquisite technique while flying into an almighty stroganoff of Juventus and Ajax players, 1996

Lionel Messi celebrates after shedding excess weight and gaining altitude to head home against Manchester United, 2009

Cometh the hour: Didier Drogba slams home a near-post header in the 88th minute to keep Chelsea in the running, 2012

Kaka nails his colours to the mast after AC Milan’s narrow win over Liverpool in Athens, 2007

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti mishandles the merchandise in the aftermath, 2007

Andrea Pirlo bows out with a whimper (quite literally) after Juventus lose out to Barcelona in Berlin, 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo is visited by a miniature angel after scoring the final goal in Real Madrid’s 4-1 spanking of Atletico, 2014

Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique helps himself to a souvenir of the 2015 final

UEFA blow the confetti budget (again, literally) as Real Madrid celebrate beating Atletico once again, 2016

Enjoy the final Pies fans! See you on the other side.

Photos: Getty Images

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