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UEFA Cup, Avatar and Messi without the Ballon d’Or: what was the world like at the time of Liverpool’s last victory over Real Madrid

How is our biathlon without the World Cup? Lost the Olympians, angered Guberniev and finish with the flag

How is our biathlon without the World Cup? Lost the Olympians, angered Guberniev and finish with the flag

Let’s remember 2009 together with the Six Elche Telegram channel , a channel about a club that qualified for the Champions League even with Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips.

If we ask you to remember what you did on March 10, 2009, you are unlikely to remember. It was a long time ago – almost 14 years ago.

But what if we say that that day was Liverpool’s last victory over Real Madrid? Then, in the second match of the 1/8 Champions League at Anfield, the Reds scored 4 unanswered goals against the Creamy, and the total score on the sum of two meetings became 5:0. Even Andrea Dossena scored that night, yes…

Since then, the clubs have met in the Champions League 4 times: twice in the Champions League final, two more times in a two-legged format.

In the group stage of the 14/15 season, Brendan Rodgers’ team played against Real Madrid twice, both times unsuccessfully. Lost 0-3 at Anfield and 0-1 at the Bernabeu. And if in the first match the composition was at least somehow acceptable, then in the second … Well, judge for yourself.

After that there was another final in Kyiv with a benefit performance by Loris Karius. 1/4 in the 2020/21 season, when the club’s infirmary was filled with all the main centre-backs. Then, by the way, there was the only draw in 14 years with Real Madrid. Well, you can’t (unfortunately) forget about the last final in Paris with the incredible Thibaut Courtois and the scandal with the admission of fans to the stadium.

However, this article is not about the history of Liverpool vs Real Madrid, which Luka Modric describes as “one of the best shows world football has to offer” and laments “that the draw brought the clubs together so early because it could have been a great ending.” We will try to go back 14 years and remember what the world was like in 2009.

Let’s start with an overview of the world of football. Liverpool have not won the Premier League title for just 19 years, and it has been 3.5 years since they last won the Champions League. By the way, our last victory in the Champions League happened 3.5 years ago, and with Real Madrid we are again playing in 1/8.

Messi had not yet received the Golden Ball at the time of our victory, and no one, I think, could have imagined that the hegemony of Messi and Ronaldo would drag on for so long. Yes, he looked like this…

The Champions League was eventually won by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, ​​and the Europa League … Well, this tournament did not exist then. In the 2009 match between Shakhtar and Werder Bremen, the UEFA Cup ceased to exist. The Ukrainian team became the last winner of the trophy.

Manchester United became the champion of England that year.

In Germany, it was not Bayern that triumphed, but Wolfsburg with Grafite and Edin Dzeko, who scored 54 goals in the Bundesliga for two.

Barcelona won every trophy that came their way that year, adding the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup to the 08/09 treble.

In Italy, Inter won the championship, and in France, before the era of sheikhs and PSG, teams like Bordeaux could win.

Euro U-21 was won by the German team with Neuer, Ozil and Khedira, and Euro U-19 was won by the Ukrainian team, defeating the English team with Welbeck, Drinkwater, Walker and Trippier in the final.

It was also interesting in other sports. In the NBA, the LA Lakers won with Kobe Bryant, in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins with Sidney Crosby and Gino Malkin lifted the Stanley Cup, and in Formula 1, Jenson Button was the champion with the Brawn GP team.