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Liverpool F.C. - A History of European Romances

Rorie McGregor
Liverpool's 2019 Champions League Winners
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The Reds have now won six European Cups and three UEFA Cups in their 127 year existence, after defeating Tottenham two-nil yesterday morning.

Liverpool Football Club's European supremacy began in 1972, when they defeated the german side Borussia Mönchengladbach three-two on aggregate, to win the UEFA cup (Europa League), and won it again in 1976 with a four-three win against then Belgian champions Club Brugge.

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The match day programme from the 1972 UEFA Cup Final.

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Liverpool Captain Emlyn Hughes lifting the UEFA Cup.

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Their European cup success began in the following season in 1977 with a three-one win against their 1972 UEFA cup final opposition, Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The final was played to fifty-two-thousand fans in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where club captain Emlyn Hughes lifted the iconic trophy for all the travelling fans to witness.

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(L-R) Liverpool's Ray Kennedy, Terry McDermott and Jimmy Case celebrate with the European Cup

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Their 1977/78 season was another successful one for Liverpool, with a rematch against their 1976 UEFA cup opponents Club Brugge with a one-nil win, with future club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish scoring the only goal to over ninety-two-thousand spectators packed into London's Wembley Stadium.

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Liverpool's "King Kenny" (far right), netted the decisive goal in the 1978 European Cup final.

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The Merseyside club had to wait until 1981 for their next taste of european success, but it was worth the wait as they saw off the Spanish giants Real Madrid with a one-nil win in Paris. Liverpool's victory meant that Bob Paisley became the first manager to win the European cup three times.

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Captain Phil Thompson lifts the clubs third European Cup in Paris after they defeat Real Madrid.

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In 1984, the Reds returned to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, and took on Italian side A.S Roma in dramatic fashion. A one-all draw in normal time took the game to penalties.

Liverpool won the shootout by four goals to two, and took home the European cup home for the fourth time.

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Liverpool's winning 1984 European Cup starting XI

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In 1985, Liverpool again reached another European cup final, however, this final was tragically less about the football.

Known as the Heysel Disaster, thirty-nine fans lost their lives in a crush an hour before kickoff. This disaster resulted in all English football clubs being placed under an indefinite ban by UEFA from all European competitions (lifted in 1990–91).

Liverpool then had a sixteen-year interval between European finals, and eventually returned to their winning ways.

A five-four win against Spanish side Alavés meant Liverpool had completed the treble of the Football League Cup, The FA Cup, and the UEFA Cup.

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(L-R) Liverpool's Michael Owen, and Robbie Fowler, holding the Reds first European title after sixteen years.

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Then, four years later, the miracle of Istanbul cemented the legacy of Liverpool’s underdog status.

Now affectionately known as the Champions League, Liverpool met Italian giants A.C Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final.

After trailing three-nil down in the first half, Rafa Benitez’s red-men went into the dressing room with little-to-no hope of a fifth champions league trophy.

That was until the traveling army of supporters delivered a loud rendition of the club classic ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, after that, Liverpool were back in the driving seat.

Three goals came in quick succession from Steven Gerrard, Vladímr Šmicer, and Xabi Alonso took the game into extra time, and then penalties.

In one of the most dramatic finishes in European history, Liverpool’s goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek saved A.C Milan Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty to win the game, and the Champions League for Liverpool.

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Liverpool's 2005 Champions League winners lifting the European Cup in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Since then, Liverpool has been in both a Europa League final, and a Champions League final, however they failed to hit the mark in both games, losing to Sevilla and Real Madrid respectively.

Liverpool Football Club won their sixth European Cup last weekend with a two-nil win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, making the Reds the third most successful club in the history of the European tournament.

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The Red's latest Champions League winning side, pictured lifting the clubs sixth European Cup in Madrid, Spain.

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They sit below A.C Milan and Real Madrid, who have seven and thirteen times respectively.