FC Barcelona vs. AC Milan

El campeón inició la defensa del título de Champions League.

Andres Iniesta telah memutuskan tempatnya berlabuh setelah hengkang Barcelona.
Hengkang dari Barcelona, Iniesta Bocorkan Lokasi Klub Barunya
Andres Iniesta telah memutuskan tempatnya berlabuh setelah hengkang Barcelona.
Pembalap Movistar Yamaha, Maverick Vinales, menjadi yang tercepat pada hari terakhir tes MotoGP di Circuit de Barcelona.
Tes MotoGP Catalunya: Maverick Vinales Tercepat, Rossi Ungguli Marquez
Pembalap Movistar Yamaha, Maverick Vinales, menjadi yang tercepat pada hari terakhir tes MotoGP di Circuit de Barcelona.
Siapa striker Barcelona yang kemungkinan pindah ke Liverpool?
Barcelona Bakal Lepas Satu Striker ke Liverpool
Siapa striker Barcelona yang kemungkinan pindah ke Liverpool?
Presidente dos catalães confirmou a possibilidade de levar o meia do Grêmio antes da próxima temporada
Barcelona cogita não esperar até 2019 para ter Arthur
Presidente dos catalães confirmou a possibilidade de levar o meia do Grêmio antes da próxima temporada
Presidente dos catalães confirmou a possibilidade de levar o meia do Grêmio antes da próxima temporada
Barcelona cogita não esperar até 2019 para ter Arthur
Presidente dos catalães confirmou a possibilidade de levar o meia do Grêmio antes da próxima temporada
Presidente dos catalães confirmou a possibilidade de levar o meia do Grêmio antes da próxima temporada
Barcelona cogita não esperar até 2019 para ter Arthur
Presidente dos catalães confirmou a possibilidade de levar o meia do Grêmio antes da próxima temporada
Barcelona terus mengamati Abdulkadir Omur.
Barcelona Bidik Wonderkid Turki
Barcelona terus mengamati Abdulkadir Omur.
Hasrat Barcelona merekrut Antoine Griezmann bisa jadi bertepuk sebelah tangan.
Diincar Barcelona, Griezmann Pilih Bertahan
Hasrat Barcelona merekrut Antoine Griezmann bisa jadi bertepuk sebelah tangan.
Barcelona terus mengamati Abdulkadir Omur.
Barcelona Bidik Wonderkid Turki
Barcelona terus mengamati Abdulkadir Omur.
Lenovo logo at Lenovo pavilion, during the Mobile World Congress day 4, on March 1, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Lenovo Can Find the Love It Deserves Back Home
Lenovo logo at Lenovo pavilion, during the Mobile World Congress day 4, on March 1, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Iniesta se despede do Barcelona 20/5/2018 REUTERS/Albert Gea
Iniesta se despede do Barcelona
Iniesta se despede do Barcelona 20/5/2018 REUTERS/Albert Gea
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane deserves more credit, says Steve McManaman
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane deserves more credit, says Steve McManaman
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane deserves more credit, says Steve McManaman
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Deschamps zu Griezmanns offener Zukunft
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Deschamps zu Griezmanns offener Zukunft
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Deschamps zu Griezmanns offener Zukunft
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Deschamps zu Griezmanns offener Zukunft
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Deschamps zu Griezmanns offener Zukunft
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Deschamps zu Griezmanns offener Zukunft
Antoine Griezmann wird mit einem möglichen Wechsel zum FC Barcelona in Verbindung gebracht. Nationaltrainer Didier Deschamps sieht die unklare Zukunft vor der WM gelassen.
Barcelona, 23 mai (EFE).- Motoristas de táxi da região metropolitana de Barcelona, na Espanha, poderão receber uma multa que variará entre 60 e 250 euros caso não se vistam adequadamente.
Barcelona deverá multar taxista que não se vestir adequadamente
Barcelona, 23 mai (EFE).- Motoristas de táxi da região metropolitana de Barcelona, na Espanha, poderão receber uma multa que variará entre 60 e 250 euros caso não se vistam adequadamente.
Presidente do Barcelona, Bartomeu conversa com Messi (imagem: Miguel Ruiz/Getty Images)
Presidente do Barcelona, Bartomeu conversa com Messi (imagem: Miguel Ruiz/Getty Images)
Presidente do Barcelona, Bartomeu conversa com Messi (imagem: Miguel Ruiz/Getty Images)
-FOTODELDIA- AG35. BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA), 23/05/2018.- El jugador de la selección argentina Lionel Messi entrena en el predio de la Asociación de Fútbol Argentino (AFA) hoy, miércoles 23 de mayo de 2018, en Buenos Aires. Este viernes los futbolistas se someterán a los exámenes médicos, el domingo tendrán un entrenamiento abierto al público en el estadio de Vélez Sarsfield, el José Amalfitani, y dos días después recibirán a Haití en la Bombonera en un amistoso. Al día siguiente la Albiceleste partirá rumbo a España para continuar en Barcelona los entrenamientos y el 9 de junio visitará a Israel en el último amistoso previo al desembarco en Bronnitsy, donde hará base durante el Mundial de Rusia. EFE/David Fernández
-FOTODELDIA- AG35. BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA), 23/05/2018.- El jugador de la selección argentina Lionel Messi entrena en el predio de la Asociación de Fútbol Argentino (AFA) hoy, miércoles 23 de mayo de 2018, en Buenos Aires. Este viernes los futbolistas se someterán a los exámenes médicos, el domingo tendrán un entrenamiento abierto al público en el estadio de Vélez Sarsfield, el José Amalfitani, y dos días después recibirán a Haití en la Bombonera en un amistoso. Al día siguiente la Albiceleste partirá rumbo a España para continuar en Barcelona los entrenamientos y el 9 de junio visitará a Israel en el último amistoso previo al desembarco en Bronnitsy, donde hará base durante el Mundial de Rusia. EFE/David Fernández
-FOTODELDIA- AG35. BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA), 23/05/2018.- El jugador de la selección argentina Lionel Messi entrena en el predio de la Asociación de Fútbol Argentino (AFA) hoy, miércoles 23 de mayo de 2018, en Buenos Aires. Este viernes los futbolistas se someterán a los exámenes médicos, el domingo tendrán un entrenamiento abierto al público en el estadio de Vélez Sarsfield, el José Amalfitani, y dos días después recibirán a Haití en la Bombonera en un amistoso. Al día siguiente la Albiceleste partirá rumbo a España para continuar en Barcelona los entrenamientos y el 9 de junio visitará a Israel en el último amistoso previo al desembarco en Bronnitsy, donde hará base durante el Mundial de Rusia. EFE/David Fernández
La llegada de Iniesta al fútbol japonés tiene lugar después de que en abril pasado anunciara que dejaría el Barcelona a final de temporada tras 22 años en la entidad azulgrana, a la que llegó cuando apenas tenía doce años
La llegada de Iniesta al fútbol japonés tiene lugar después de que en abril pasado anunciara que dejaría el Barcelona a final de temporada tras 22 años en la entidad azulgrana, a la que llegó cuando apenas tenía doce años
La llegada de Iniesta al fútbol japonés tiene lugar después de que en abril pasado anunciara que dejaría el Barcelona a final de temporada tras 22 años en la entidad azulgrana, a la que llegó cuando apenas tenía doce años
Demonstrators burn a yellow flare during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Demonstrators burn a yellow flare during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Demonstrators burn a yellow flare during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A woman holds an 'Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A woman holds an 'Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A woman holds an 'Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A protestor burns a photograph depicting Spain's King Felipe during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A protestor burns a photograph depicting Spain's King Felipe during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A protestor burns a photograph depicting Spain's King Felipe during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A protestor holds a Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flag during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A protestor holds a Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flag during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A protestor holds a Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flag during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man with an 'Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag, wrapped in his shoulders takes part in a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man with an 'Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag, wrapped in his shoulders takes part in a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man with an 'Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag, wrapped in his shoulders takes part in a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Demonstrators gather during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. Banners read in Catalan: "Republic is freedom". (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Demonstrators gather during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. Banners read in Catalan: "Republic is freedom". (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Demonstrators gather during a protest in support of the imprisoned politicians in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. Banners read in Catalan: "Republic is freedom". (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Soccer Football - FC Barcelona Tribute to Andres Iniesta - Auditorium 1899, Barcelona, Spain - May 18, 2018 Andres Iniesta waves during the presentation REUTERS/Albert Gea
FC Barcelona Tribute to Andres Iniesta
Soccer Football - FC Barcelona Tribute to Andres Iniesta - Auditorium 1899, Barcelona, Spain - May 18, 2018 Andres Iniesta waves during the presentation REUTERS/Albert Gea
The Barcelona legend offered the biggest piece of evidence yet that he is set to continue his career in Japan
'Heading to my new home' - Iniesta drops massive Vissel Kobe hint
The Barcelona legend offered the biggest piece of evidence yet that he is set to continue his career in Japan
Newly elected regional Catalan President Quim Torra embraces a woman in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, during a protest supporting the imprisoned politicians. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Newly elected regional Catalan President Quim Torra embraces a woman in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, during a protest supporting the imprisoned politicians. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Newly elected regional Catalan President Quim Torra embraces a woman in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, during a protest supporting the imprisoned politicians. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Demonstrators gather during a protest in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in support of imprisoned politicians. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. Banners read in Catalan: "Freedom for the political prisoners". (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Demonstrators gather during a protest in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in support of imprisoned politicians. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. Banners read in Catalan: "Freedom for the political prisoners". (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Demonstrators gather during a protest in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in support of imprisoned politicians. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. Banners read in Catalan: "Freedom for the political prisoners". (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man stands in front of pictures of imprisoned politicians, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, during a protest in support of the politicians. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man stands in front of pictures of imprisoned politicians, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, during a protest in support of the politicians. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A man stands in front of pictures of imprisoned politicians, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, during a protest in support of the politicians. Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - May 20, 2018 Barcelona's Andres Iniesta after the match REUTERS/Albert Gea
La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - May 20, 2018 Barcelona's Andres Iniesta after the match REUTERS/Albert Gea
Japan bound: Andres Iniesta is thrown in the air by Barcelona teammates at his last match for the club at the weekend
Japan bound: Andres Iniesta is thrown in the air by Barcelona teammates at his last match for the club at the weekend
Japan bound: Andres Iniesta is thrown in the air by Barcelona teammates at his last match for the club at the weekend
Japan bound: Andres Iniesta is thrown in the air by Barcelona teammates at his last match for the club at the weekend
Japan bound: Andres Iniesta is thrown in the air by Barcelona teammates at his last match for the club at the weekend
Japan bound: Andres Iniesta is thrown in the air by Barcelona teammates at his last match for the club at the weekend
Japan bound: Andres Iniesta is thrown in the air by Barcelona teammates at his last match for the club at the weekend (AFP Photo/LLUIS GENE )
Japan bound: Andres Iniesta is thrown in the air by Barcelona teammates at his last match for the club at the weekend
Japan bound: Andres Iniesta is thrown in the air by Barcelona teammates at his last match for the club at the weekend (AFP Photo/LLUIS GENE )
Champions League final: Jordi Alba backs Liverpool as Barcelona defender hopes Real Madrid ‘lose all their games’
Champions League final: Jordi Alba backs Liverpool as Barcelona defender hopes Real Madrid ‘lose all their games’
Champions League final: Jordi Alba backs Liverpool as Barcelona defender hopes Real Madrid ‘lose all their games’
A Spanish national police officer exits one of the Catalan public offices which were raided as police investigators raided several Catalan public institutions in search of evidence of alleged rerouting of public funds to organisations associated with a pro-independence bid, according to Spanish media, in Barcelona, Spain, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea
A Spanish national police officer exits one of the Catalan public offices which were raided in Barcelona
A Spanish national police officer exits one of the Catalan public offices which were raided as police investigators raided several Catalan public institutions in search of evidence of alleged rerouting of public funds to organisations associated with a pro-independence bid, according to Spanish media, in Barcelona, Spain, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea
A Spanish national police officer walks by the entrance of one of the Catalan public offices which were raided as police investigators raided several Catalan public institutions in search of evidence of alleged rerouting of public funds to organisations associated with a pro-independence bid, according to Spanish media, in Barcelona, Spain, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea
A Spanish national police officer walks by the entrance of one of the Catalan public offices which were raided in Barcelona
A Spanish national police officer walks by the entrance of one of the Catalan public offices which were raided as police investigators raided several Catalan public institutions in search of evidence of alleged rerouting of public funds to organisations associated with a pro-independence bid, according to Spanish media, in Barcelona, Spain, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea
A Spanish national police officer enters one of the Catalan public offices which were raided as police investigators raided several Catalan public institutions in search of evidence of alleged rerouting of public funds to organisations associated with a pro-independence bid, according to Spanish media, in Barcelona, Spain, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea
A Spanish national police officer enters one of the Catalan public offices which were raided in Barcelona
A Spanish national police officer enters one of the Catalan public offices which were raided as police investigators raided several Catalan public institutions in search of evidence of alleged rerouting of public funds to organisations associated with a pro-independence bid, according to Spanish media, in Barcelona, Spain, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea
<p>El caso del <a href="https://www.90min.com/es/teams/barca" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:FC Barcelona" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">FC Barcelona</a> es muy similar al del Real Madrid. El club culé es uno de los más laureados de la historia y por ello aporta muchos jugadores a las selecciones nacionales. De hecho, el Barça es el club que más jugadores aportó al histórico Mundial ganado por España en 2010 en Sudáfrica.</p>
FC Barcelona – 111 jugadores

El caso del FC Barcelona es muy similar al del Real Madrid. El club culé es uno de los más laureados de la historia y por ello aporta muchos jugadores a las selecciones nacionales. De hecho, el Barça es el club que más jugadores aportó al histórico Mundial ganado por España en 2010 en Sudáfrica.

Barcelona ingin terus mendapatkan pemain-pemain berbakat dari berbagai belahan dunia.
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Barcelona ingin terus mendapatkan pemain-pemain berbakat dari berbagai belahan dunia.
Bek Barcelona, Jordi Alba mengaku selalu ingin melihat Real Madrid kehilangan permainan mereka.
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Una concentración llevada a cabo en la plaza Sant Jaume de Barcelona, para protestar por la decisión del juez de dejar en prisión al exvicepresidente del Govern Oriol Junqueras, el exconseller de Interior Joaquim Forn, el expresidente de la ANC Jordi Sánchez y el presidente de Òmnium, Jordi Cuixart. EFE/Archivo
Una concentración llevada a cabo en la plaza Sant Jaume de Barcelona, para protestar por la decisión del juez de dejar en prisión al exvicepresidente del Govern Oriol Junqueras, el exconseller de Interior Joaquim Forn, el expresidente de la ANC Jordi Sánchez y el presidente de Òmnium, Jordi Cuixart. EFE/Archivo
Una concentración llevada a cabo en la plaza Sant Jaume de Barcelona, para protestar por la decisión del juez de dejar en prisión al exvicepresidente del Govern Oriol Junqueras, el exconseller de Interior Joaquim Forn, el expresidente de la ANC Jordi Sánchez y el presidente de Òmnium, Jordi Cuixart. EFE/Archivo
Barcelona akan berlimpah stok lini depan jika mendatangkan Antoine Griezmann.
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Ahead of the Championship play-off final between Fulham and Aston Villa this Saturday, Ivan Speck speaks to those caught up in play-off drama of years gone. &#39;I said to the linesman - if I save this, do we win?&#39; May 30, 1999: League Two play-off final Manchester City 2 (Horlock 90, Dickov 90+5) Gillingham 2 (Asaba 81, Taylor 87) After extra time, City won 3-1 on penalties Blue Moon rising. Carl Asaba and Bob Taylor gave Gillingham a late 2-0 lead. With City fans streaming out of Wembley, Kevin Horlock reduced the deficit before, controversially, referee Mark Halsey added on five minutes. In the last of those, Paul Dickov equalised. In the penalty shoot-out, 20-year-old City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver saved two Gillingham spot-kicks. Nicky Weaver, Manchester City goalkeeper I wasn’t that nervous beforehand. I think I played 55 games that year. I’d just turned 20 and the nerves don’t really kick in at that age. That said, early in the second half, I came out of my area and kicked the ball straight to one of their midfield players, who missed an open goal. If that had gone in, I could have been the villain, not the hero. I remember thinking it was only a few nights before that Manchester United had scored two in the dying minutes in Barcelona against Bayern Munich to win the Champions League. It wasn’t impossible, but something had to happen quickly. When we equalised, I came running down the pitch and did a big slide, Klinsmann-style. Everyone was just going wild. We’d come back from absolutely nowhere. I can’t imagine how the Gillingham players felt. Carl Asaba tries to break away from Manchester City&#39;s Lee Crooks in the 1999 play-off final Credit: PA We’d practised penalties every day after training, but I wasn’t that great at saving them that week. The biggest thing was that they were taken at the City end. When it came to the decisive kick, I remember saying to the linesman: ‘If I save this one, is that it?’ I made myself as big as I could, dived to my left, got two big hands on the ball, pulled a stupid face and went off on a mad run around Wembley. I just didn’t want the feeling inside me to end. I should have gone straight over to their keeper, but I was young and it didn’t enter my mind. It was life-changing for me. I had so much nervous excitement within me that I went on holiday and just sat on a sunbed for two weeks to come back to reality. That game was the first step in City getting back to where they needed to be. I dread to think what would have happened if we hadn’t gone up. To see where City are now, it’s unthinkable. Andy Hessenthaler, Gillingham captain We were massive underdogs. We had finished pretty much neck and neck in the table but on status, City were always going to be favourites. We rode our luck early on. They should have had a penalty in the first minute, but we got stronger and they were getting frustrated. When we scored, we were dreaming. You’d be a liar if you were on that pitch and you didn’t think you had won that match at 2-0. I certainly did. When five minutes went up on the board, my first thought was: ‘Where have the officials got that from?’ I just couldn’t work it out. I still can’t. Extra-time was a non-event because everyone was so shattered. Deep down I wasn’t that confident about penalties because of what had happened. It didn’t surprise me that we lost. There were lots of tears. It took me a while to pull myself together, I was that emotional. When you’re watching their captain lift the trophy, you think it should be you. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Fortunately, we went back to Wembley the year after and beat Wigan this time. &#39;I missed the penalty, and our fans started singing my name&#39; May 25, 1998: Championship play-off final Charlton Athletic 4 (Mendonca 23, 71, 103, Rufus 85) Sunderland 4 (Quinn 50, 73, Phillips 58, Summerbee 99) After extra-time, Charlton won 7-6 on penalties The most open play-off final ever. Sunderland fan Clive Mendonca scored a hat-trick with Richard Rufus heading in Charlton’s other goal. Sunderland replied through their attacking duo of Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips, as well as Nicky Summerbee. Sunderland-born Michael Gray missed the decisive penalty in the shoot-out. Alan Curbishley, Charlton manager Going into the final, we had to win it. We had big plans for The Valley, but there were bids on the table from Premier League clubs for three or four of our players. If we didn’t make it, we would have had to sell them. The team would have been broken up. We measured out a training pitch the same size as Wembley to help us, but the heat made it such an open game. I expected goals, but no-one in their wildest dreams expected it to be 4-4. It’s an iconic final. Clive Mendonca was our striker, and he was Sunderland born and bred. I knew we had signed a centre forward who could get us promotion or near promotion. He was a deadly finisher but come the day of the final, he was as nervous as anybody, playing against his boyhood team and trying to get us into the Premier League. But you won’t see a better hat-trick at Wembley for its coolness. None of the goals were ever in doubt. Clive Mendonca scores the opening goal at Wembley Credit: Action Images I felt confident about the penalty shoot-out. Our goalkeeper Sasa Ilic had turned up at the training ground with his kit eight months before and asked if he could have a trial. After the first couple of training sessions, I told him: ‘We’re going to give you some travel expenses.’ I paid it out of my own pocket because I didn’t want him to wait a month for them. I watched every penalty up until Mickey Gray’s last one for Sunderland. My assistant Keith Peacock said: ‘Don’t watch this one. It’s a left-footer and he’s going to miss it.’ I put my head in my hands. When I didn’t hear the roar from their fans, I knew we had won. Peter Reid was the first person to come in our dressing room. He congratulated every one of our players on winning promotion. I’m not too sure I could have done that. The Sunderland coach had inadvertently blocked ours in after the game, so the only way we could get to our reception near Wembley was by walking with the trophy along Wembley Way. The Sunderland fans clapped us and wanted their photo taken with the trophy and the players. So when Sunderland went up the next year, we sent them a case of champagne. Michael Gray, Sunderland defender The heat felt like 120-degrees pitch-side and we had been designated to wear our away shirt, which was double-layered. It felt like you were wearing an overcoat. Every time we scored a goal, we thought that was it, they’re not going to get back into it, but they kept coming and coming. There were some great goals and Clive Mendonca was incredible. We’d practised penalties at the Stadium of Light. I’d taken maybe 20 and stuck every one of them away, but I remember Peter Reid saying: ‘Let’s wait until there are 80,000 there and see if you fancy taking one then.’ He was right. It went to sudden death. I was only 23, but I looked at our two centre-halves Darren Williams and Jody Craddock who were younger than me and then at our centre forward Danny Dichio. His boots were off and he was sat on the floor. That walk to the penalty spot is the loneliest walk you’ll ever make in your life. Even though there are 80,000 people there, you can actually hear yourself put the ball down on the grass. I picked my spot but as I ran up I saw Sasa Ilic shuffling across to his left, which was where I was going. I knew he was going to save it even when it was rolling there. Sasa Ilic celebrates winning the penalty shoot-out at Wembley Credit: Getty Images The kit man came over, then Quinny, Kevin Ball and Lee Clark. Then Peter came across and gave me a big hug. It felt like forever, but it was only five or six minutes. It was a lonely place. And then all I could hear was the Sunderland supporters starting to sing my name. I’ve never forgotten that. Never. That emotion, the feeling of missing that penalty stayed with me for as long as I wore a Sunderland shirt, which was 12-and-a-half years. Peter Reid was first class with me. I got back home after Wembley. He rang up and said: ‘Pack a bag, you’re coming to stay with me for three days.’ It was exactly what I needed. It got me away from everybody. Peter Reid consoles Michael Gray after his missed penalty Credit: ALLSPORT There wasn’t a day went by without someone wanting to ask me about it. I knew what it meant to everybody. My life was Sunderland. It was my club and I didn’t want to let anybody down ever again. I tried to block it out, but my only freedom from that question was crossing the white line and playing football. I went back to pre-season two weeks earlier than everybody else just to get a head start. No distractions. The next season we won the league with over 100 points. But it was always there. I knew what had happened the season before. That penalty miss was probably the defining moment of me becoming an adult. I was a bit of tearaway and it made me a stronger character to reach the goals I dreamed of when I was a young kid – getting promoted with Sunderland, playing for my country, playing at Wembley again. But it still hits you hard, even 20 years on. &#39;Party? I was in bed by half past 10&#39; May 24, 2014: Championship play-off final Queens Park Rangers 1 (Zamora 90) Derby County 0 Grand larceny. After quietly dominating, Derby exerted total control in the second half when Rangers’ Gary O’Neil was sent off for a 58th-minute professional foul. The Derby onslaught of the QPR goal continued until Rangers broke away in the 90th minute and substitute Bobby Zamora stroked home an undeserved winner. Steve McClaren, Derby manager Harry Redknapp, QPR’s manager, and I were friends and we worked together for three months at Rangers that season. We developed a great relationship over that time - Harry was a delight to work with. Fantastic experience, great stories, nice restaurants and red wine on a Friday night! But going back to Derby was huge for me. It was a job I always wanted because I’d played there and I’d been assistant to Jim Smith, so to return as manager was completing the set. Walking out took me back to the first England game at the new Wembley when we opened it against Brazil. I had the same feeling of pride walking out with my team. Football is all about those moments. In terms of the match, we were exactly where we wanted to be. They had gone down to 10 men, we were camped in their box and I felt it was just a matter of time – wear them down, keep them running and moving. That’s what we’d done to teams all season and that would see us across the line. I could only see one scenario, us winning. I didn’t even mind if we went into extra-time because we were in total control. Until we ran out of control. Bobby Zamora&#39;s superb strike seals victory for Derby in the play-off final Credit: Action Images But then came Bobby Zamora’s goal - probably our only mistake of the afternoon. They had barely got across our halfway line, but they got into our box at the worst possible time. It was devastating for us because it was a near perfect performance of controlling the game. The Gods weren’t with us. The commentator said: ‘Harry Houdini’ and he certainly was. We all felt like sinking to the ground because of the injustice and the devastation of losing. Harry Redknapp, QPR manager Steve McClaren’s enthusiasm and coaching were top-class when he worked for us, but the Derby job came along and he was a loss to us when he went. There was very little in the game in the first half - they had a penalty shout - but then the sending-off came. I thought it was a bit harsh. It wasn’t a clear-cut goal-scoring opportunity. All I thought about then was extra-time and penalties. Could we hang on? We came under severe pressure, but it wasn’t like they were peppering us. Everybody thinks they battered us, but I don’t remember Rob Green making many world-class saves. Still, I couldn’t see us scoring. And then what an amazing goal from Bobby Zamora. Poor Richard Keogh made a ricket and had a bad touch. Bobby didn’t hesitate and stuck it straight in the top corner. I went back to Loftus Road and popped my head into the party there for about two minutes. Then I just shot out, had something to eat and had an early night. I think I was in bed by half past 10. Sky Bet is the proud title sponsor of the EFL.
How it feels to win - and lose - the most pressurised game in football
Ahead of the Championship play-off final between Fulham and Aston Villa this Saturday, Ivan Speck speaks to those caught up in play-off drama of years gone. 'I said to the linesman - if I save this, do we win?' May 30, 1999: League Two play-off final Manchester City 2 (Horlock 90, Dickov 90+5) Gillingham 2 (Asaba 81, Taylor 87) After extra time, City won 3-1 on penalties Blue Moon rising. Carl Asaba and Bob Taylor gave Gillingham a late 2-0 lead. With City fans streaming out of Wembley, Kevin Horlock reduced the deficit before, controversially, referee Mark Halsey added on five minutes. In the last of those, Paul Dickov equalised. In the penalty shoot-out, 20-year-old City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver saved two Gillingham spot-kicks. Nicky Weaver, Manchester City goalkeeper I wasn’t that nervous beforehand. I think I played 55 games that year. I’d just turned 20 and the nerves don’t really kick in at that age. That said, early in the second half, I came out of my area and kicked the ball straight to one of their midfield players, who missed an open goal. If that had gone in, I could have been the villain, not the hero. I remember thinking it was only a few nights before that Manchester United had scored two in the dying minutes in Barcelona against Bayern Munich to win the Champions League. It wasn’t impossible, but something had to happen quickly. When we equalised, I came running down the pitch and did a big slide, Klinsmann-style. Everyone was just going wild. We’d come back from absolutely nowhere. I can’t imagine how the Gillingham players felt. Carl Asaba tries to break away from Manchester City's Lee Crooks in the 1999 play-off final Credit: PA We’d practised penalties every day after training, but I wasn’t that great at saving them that week. The biggest thing was that they were taken at the City end. When it came to the decisive kick, I remember saying to the linesman: ‘If I save this one, is that it?’ I made myself as big as I could, dived to my left, got two big hands on the ball, pulled a stupid face and went off on a mad run around Wembley. I just didn’t want the feeling inside me to end. I should have gone straight over to their keeper, but I was young and it didn’t enter my mind. It was life-changing for me. I had so much nervous excitement within me that I went on holiday and just sat on a sunbed for two weeks to come back to reality. That game was the first step in City getting back to where they needed to be. I dread to think what would have happened if we hadn’t gone up. To see where City are now, it’s unthinkable. Andy Hessenthaler, Gillingham captain We were massive underdogs. We had finished pretty much neck and neck in the table but on status, City were always going to be favourites. We rode our luck early on. They should have had a penalty in the first minute, but we got stronger and they were getting frustrated. When we scored, we were dreaming. You’d be a liar if you were on that pitch and you didn’t think you had won that match at 2-0. I certainly did. When five minutes went up on the board, my first thought was: ‘Where have the officials got that from?’ I just couldn’t work it out. I still can’t. Extra-time was a non-event because everyone was so shattered. Deep down I wasn’t that confident about penalties because of what had happened. It didn’t surprise me that we lost. There were lots of tears. It took me a while to pull myself together, I was that emotional. When you’re watching their captain lift the trophy, you think it should be you. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Fortunately, we went back to Wembley the year after and beat Wigan this time. 'I missed the penalty, and our fans started singing my name' May 25, 1998: Championship play-off final Charlton Athletic 4 (Mendonca 23, 71, 103, Rufus 85) Sunderland 4 (Quinn 50, 73, Phillips 58, Summerbee 99) After extra-time, Charlton won 7-6 on penalties The most open play-off final ever. Sunderland fan Clive Mendonca scored a hat-trick with Richard Rufus heading in Charlton’s other goal. Sunderland replied through their attacking duo of Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips, as well as Nicky Summerbee. Sunderland-born Michael Gray missed the decisive penalty in the shoot-out. Alan Curbishley, Charlton manager Going into the final, we had to win it. We had big plans for The Valley, but there were bids on the table from Premier League clubs for three or four of our players. If we didn’t make it, we would have had to sell them. The team would have been broken up. We measured out a training pitch the same size as Wembley to help us, but the heat made it such an open game. I expected goals, but no-one in their wildest dreams expected it to be 4-4. It’s an iconic final. Clive Mendonca was our striker, and he was Sunderland born and bred. I knew we had signed a centre forward who could get us promotion or near promotion. He was a deadly finisher but come the day of the final, he was as nervous as anybody, playing against his boyhood team and trying to get us into the Premier League. But you won’t see a better hat-trick at Wembley for its coolness. None of the goals were ever in doubt. Clive Mendonca scores the opening goal at Wembley Credit: Action Images I felt confident about the penalty shoot-out. Our goalkeeper Sasa Ilic had turned up at the training ground with his kit eight months before and asked if he could have a trial. After the first couple of training sessions, I told him: ‘We’re going to give you some travel expenses.’ I paid it out of my own pocket because I didn’t want him to wait a month for them. I watched every penalty up until Mickey Gray’s last one for Sunderland. My assistant Keith Peacock said: ‘Don’t watch this one. It’s a left-footer and he’s going to miss it.’ I put my head in my hands. When I didn’t hear the roar from their fans, I knew we had won. Peter Reid was the first person to come in our dressing room. He congratulated every one of our players on winning promotion. I’m not too sure I could have done that. The Sunderland coach had inadvertently blocked ours in after the game, so the only way we could get to our reception near Wembley was by walking with the trophy along Wembley Way. The Sunderland fans clapped us and wanted their photo taken with the trophy and the players. So when Sunderland went up the next year, we sent them a case of champagne. Michael Gray, Sunderland defender The heat felt like 120-degrees pitch-side and we had been designated to wear our away shirt, which was double-layered. It felt like you were wearing an overcoat. Every time we scored a goal, we thought that was it, they’re not going to get back into it, but they kept coming and coming. There were some great goals and Clive Mendonca was incredible. We’d practised penalties at the Stadium of Light. I’d taken maybe 20 and stuck every one of them away, but I remember Peter Reid saying: ‘Let’s wait until there are 80,000 there and see if you fancy taking one then.’ He was right. It went to sudden death. I was only 23, but I looked at our two centre-halves Darren Williams and Jody Craddock who were younger than me and then at our centre forward Danny Dichio. His boots were off and he was sat on the floor. That walk to the penalty spot is the loneliest walk you’ll ever make in your life. Even though there are 80,000 people there, you can actually hear yourself put the ball down on the grass. I picked my spot but as I ran up I saw Sasa Ilic shuffling across to his left, which was where I was going. I knew he was going to save it even when it was rolling there. Sasa Ilic celebrates winning the penalty shoot-out at Wembley Credit: Getty Images The kit man came over, then Quinny, Kevin Ball and Lee Clark. Then Peter came across and gave me a big hug. It felt like forever, but it was only five or six minutes. It was a lonely place. And then all I could hear was the Sunderland supporters starting to sing my name. I’ve never forgotten that. Never. That emotion, the feeling of missing that penalty stayed with me for as long as I wore a Sunderland shirt, which was 12-and-a-half years. Peter Reid was first class with me. I got back home after Wembley. He rang up and said: ‘Pack a bag, you’re coming to stay with me for three days.’ It was exactly what I needed. It got me away from everybody. Peter Reid consoles Michael Gray after his missed penalty Credit: ALLSPORT There wasn’t a day went by without someone wanting to ask me about it. I knew what it meant to everybody. My life was Sunderland. It was my club and I didn’t want to let anybody down ever again. I tried to block it out, but my only freedom from that question was crossing the white line and playing football. I went back to pre-season two weeks earlier than everybody else just to get a head start. No distractions. The next season we won the league with over 100 points. But it was always there. I knew what had happened the season before. That penalty miss was probably the defining moment of me becoming an adult. I was a bit of tearaway and it made me a stronger character to reach the goals I dreamed of when I was a young kid – getting promoted with Sunderland, playing for my country, playing at Wembley again. But it still hits you hard, even 20 years on. 'Party? I was in bed by half past 10' May 24, 2014: Championship play-off final Queens Park Rangers 1 (Zamora 90) Derby County 0 Grand larceny. After quietly dominating, Derby exerted total control in the second half when Rangers’ Gary O’Neil was sent off for a 58th-minute professional foul. The Derby onslaught of the QPR goal continued until Rangers broke away in the 90th minute and substitute Bobby Zamora stroked home an undeserved winner. Steve McClaren, Derby manager Harry Redknapp, QPR’s manager, and I were friends and we worked together for three months at Rangers that season. We developed a great relationship over that time - Harry was a delight to work with. Fantastic experience, great stories, nice restaurants and red wine on a Friday night! But going back to Derby was huge for me. It was a job I always wanted because I’d played there and I’d been assistant to Jim Smith, so to return as manager was completing the set. Walking out took me back to the first England game at the new Wembley when we opened it against Brazil. I had the same feeling of pride walking out with my team. Football is all about those moments. In terms of the match, we were exactly where we wanted to be. They had gone down to 10 men, we were camped in their box and I felt it was just a matter of time – wear them down, keep them running and moving. That’s what we’d done to teams all season and that would see us across the line. I could only see one scenario, us winning. I didn’t even mind if we went into extra-time because we were in total control. Until we ran out of control. Bobby Zamora's superb strike seals victory for Derby in the play-off final Credit: Action Images But then came Bobby Zamora’s goal - probably our only mistake of the afternoon. They had barely got across our halfway line, but they got into our box at the worst possible time. It was devastating for us because it was a near perfect performance of controlling the game. The Gods weren’t with us. The commentator said: ‘Harry Houdini’ and he certainly was. We all felt like sinking to the ground because of the injustice and the devastation of losing. Harry Redknapp, QPR manager Steve McClaren’s enthusiasm and coaching were top-class when he worked for us, but the Derby job came along and he was a loss to us when he went. There was very little in the game in the first half - they had a penalty shout - but then the sending-off came. I thought it was a bit harsh. It wasn’t a clear-cut goal-scoring opportunity. All I thought about then was extra-time and penalties. Could we hang on? We came under severe pressure, but it wasn’t like they were peppering us. Everybody thinks they battered us, but I don’t remember Rob Green making many world-class saves. Still, I couldn’t see us scoring. And then what an amazing goal from Bobby Zamora. Poor Richard Keogh made a ricket and had a bad touch. Bobby didn’t hesitate and stuck it straight in the top corner. I went back to Loftus Road and popped my head into the party there for about two minutes. Then I just shot out, had something to eat and had an early night. I think I was in bed by half past 10. Sky Bet is the proud title sponsor of the EFL.
Ahead of the Championship play-off final between Fulham and Aston Villa this Saturday, Ivan Speck speaks to those caught up in play-off drama of years gone. &#39;I said to the linesman - if I save this, do we win?&#39; May 30, 1999: League Two play-off final Manchester City 2 (Horlock 90, Dickov 90+5) Gillingham 2 (Asaba 81, Taylor 87) After extra time, City won 3-1 on penalties Blue Moon rising. Carl Asaba and Bob Taylor gave Gillingham a late 2-0 lead. With City fans streaming out of Wembley, Kevin Horlock reduced the deficit before, controversially, referee Mark Halsey added on five minutes. In the last of those, Paul Dickov equalised. In the penalty shoot-out, 20-year-old City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver saved two Gillingham spot-kicks. Nicky Weaver, Manchester City goalkeeper I wasn’t that nervous beforehand. I think I played 55 games that year. I’d just turned 20 and the nerves don’t really kick in at that age. That said, early in the second half, I came out of my area and kicked the ball straight to one of their midfield players, who missed an open goal. If that had gone in, I could have been the villain, not the hero. I remember thinking it was only a few nights before that Manchester United had scored two in the dying minutes in Barcelona against Bayern Munich to win the Champions League. It wasn’t impossible, but something had to happen quickly. When we equalised, I came running down the pitch and did a big slide, Klinsmann-style. Everyone was just going wild. We’d come back from absolutely nowhere. I can’t imagine how the Gillingham players felt. Carl Asaba tries to break away from Manchester City&#39;s Lee Crooks in the 1999 play-off final Credit: PA We’d practised penalties every day after training, but I wasn’t that great at saving them that week. The biggest thing was that they were taken at the City end. When it came to the decisive kick, I remember saying to the linesman: ‘If I save this one, is that it?’ I made myself as big as I could, dived to my left, got two big hands on the ball, pulled a stupid face and went off on a mad run around Wembley. I just didn’t want the feeling inside me to end. I should have gone straight over to their keeper, but I was young and it didn’t enter my mind. It was life-changing for me. I had so much nervous excitement within me that I went on holiday and just sat on a sunbed for two weeks to come back to reality. That game was the first step in City getting back to where they needed to be. I dread to think what would have happened if we hadn’t gone up. To see where City are now, it’s unthinkable. Andy Hessenthaler, Gillingham captain We were massive underdogs. We had finished pretty much neck and neck in the table but on status, City were always going to be favourites. We rode our luck early on. They should have had a penalty in the first minute, but we got stronger and they were getting frustrated. When we scored, we were dreaming. You’d be a liar if you were on that pitch and you didn’t think you had won that match at 2-0. I certainly did. When five minutes went up on the board, my first thought was: ‘Where have the officials got that from?’ I just couldn’t work it out. I still can’t. Extra-time was a non-event because everyone was so shattered. Deep down I wasn’t that confident about penalties because of what had happened. It didn’t surprise me that we lost. There were lots of tears. It took me a while to pull myself together, I was that emotional. When you’re watching their captain lift the trophy, you think it should be you. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Fortunately, we went back to Wembley the year after and beat Wigan this time. &#39;I missed the penalty, and our fans started singing my name&#39; May 25, 1998: Championship play-off final Charlton Athletic 4 (Mendonca 23, 71, 103, Rufus 85) Sunderland 4 (Quinn 50, 73, Phillips 58, Summerbee 99) After extra-time, Charlton won 7-6 on penalties The most open play-off final ever. Sunderland fan Clive Mendonca scored a hat-trick with Richard Rufus heading in Charlton’s other goal. Sunderland replied through their attacking duo of Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips, as well as Nicky Summerbee. Sunderland-born Michael Gray missed the decisive penalty in the shoot-out. Alan Curbishley, Charlton manager Going into the final, we had to win it. We had big plans for The Valley, but there were bids on the table from Premier League clubs for three or four of our players. If we didn’t make it, we would have had to sell them. The team would have been broken up. We measured out a training pitch the same size as Wembley to help us, but the heat made it such an open game. I expected goals, but no-one in their wildest dreams expected it to be 4-4. It’s an iconic final. Clive Mendonca was our striker, and he was Sunderland born and bred. I knew we had signed a centre forward who could get us promotion or near promotion. He was a deadly finisher but come the day of the final, he was as nervous as anybody, playing against his boyhood team and trying to get us into the Premier League. But you won’t see a better hat-trick at Wembley for its coolness. None of the goals were ever in doubt. Clive Mendonca scores the opening goal at Wembley Credit: Action Images I felt confident about the penalty shoot-out. Our goalkeeper Sasa Ilic had turned up at the training ground with his kit eight months before and asked if he could have a trial. After the first couple of training sessions, I told him: ‘We’re going to give you some travel expenses.’ I paid it out of my own pocket because I didn’t want him to wait a month for them. I watched every penalty up until Mickey Gray’s last one for Sunderland. My assistant Keith Peacock said: ‘Don’t watch this one. It’s a left-footer and he’s going to miss it.’ I put my head in my hands. When I didn’t hear the roar from their fans, I knew we had won. Peter Reid was the first person to come in our dressing room. He congratulated every one of our players on winning promotion. I’m not too sure I could have done that. The Sunderland coach had inadvertently blocked ours in after the game, so the only way we could get to our reception near Wembley was by walking with the trophy along Wembley Way. The Sunderland fans clapped us and wanted their photo taken with the trophy and the players. So when Sunderland went up the next year, we sent them a case of champagne. Michael Gray, Sunderland defender The heat felt like 120-degrees pitch-side and we had been designated to wear our away shirt, which was double-layered. It felt like you were wearing an overcoat. Every time we scored a goal, we thought that was it, they’re not going to get back into it, but they kept coming and coming. There were some great goals and Clive Mendonca was incredible. We’d practised penalties at the Stadium of Light. I’d taken maybe 20 and stuck every one of them away, but I remember Peter Reid saying: ‘Let’s wait until there are 80,000 there and see if you fancy taking one then.’ He was right. It went to sudden death. I was only 23, but I looked at our two centre-halves Darren Williams and Jody Craddock who were younger than me and then at our centre forward Danny Dichio. His boots were off and he was sat on the floor. That walk to the penalty spot is the loneliest walk you’ll ever make in your life. Even though there are 80,000 people there, you can actually hear yourself put the ball down on the grass. I picked my spot but as I ran up I saw Sasa Ilic shuffling across to his left, which was where I was going. I knew he was going to save it even when it was rolling there. Sasa Ilic celebrates winning the penalty shoot-out at Wembley Credit: Getty Images The kit man came over, then Quinny, Kevin Ball and Lee Clark. Then Peter came across and gave me a big hug. It felt like forever, but it was only five or six minutes. It was a lonely place. And then all I could hear was the Sunderland supporters starting to sing my name. I’ve never forgotten that. Never. That emotion, the feeling of missing that penalty stayed with me for as long as I wore a Sunderland shirt, which was 12-and-a-half years. Peter Reid was first class with me. I got back home after Wembley. He rang up and said: ‘Pack a bag, you’re coming to stay with me for three days.’ It was exactly what I needed. It got me away from everybody. Peter Reid consoles Michael Gray after his missed penalty Credit: ALLSPORT There wasn’t a day went by without someone wanting to ask me about it. I knew what it meant to everybody. My life was Sunderland. It was my club and I didn’t want to let anybody down ever again. I tried to block it out, but my only freedom from that question was crossing the white line and playing football. I went back to pre-season two weeks earlier than everybody else just to get a head start. No distractions. The next season we won the league with over 100 points. But it was always there. I knew what had happened the season before. That penalty miss was probably the defining moment of me becoming an adult. I was a bit of tearaway and it made me a stronger character to reach the goals I dreamed of when I was a young kid – getting promoted with Sunderland, playing for my country, playing at Wembley again. But it still hits you hard, even 20 years on. &#39;Party? I was in bed by half past 10&#39; May 24, 2014: Championship play-off final Queens Park Rangers 1 (Zamora 90) Derby County 0 Grand larceny. After quietly dominating, Derby exerted total control in the second half when Rangers’ Gary O’Neil was sent off for a 58th-minute professional foul. The Derby onslaught of the QPR goal continued until Rangers broke away in the 90th minute and substitute Bobby Zamora stroked home an undeserved winner. Steve McClaren, Derby manager Harry Redknapp, QPR’s manager, and I were friends and we worked together for three months at Rangers that season. We developed a great relationship over that time - Harry was a delight to work with. Fantastic experience, great stories, nice restaurants and red wine on a Friday night! But going back to Derby was huge for me. It was a job I always wanted because I’d played there and I’d been assistant to Jim Smith, so to return as manager was completing the set. Walking out took me back to the first England game at the new Wembley when we opened it against Brazil. I had the same feeling of pride walking out with my team. Football is all about those moments. In terms of the match, we were exactly where we wanted to be. They had gone down to 10 men, we were camped in their box and I felt it was just a matter of time – wear them down, keep them running and moving. That’s what we’d done to teams all season and that would see us across the line. I could only see one scenario, us winning. I didn’t even mind if we went into extra-time because we were in total control. Until we ran out of control. Bobby Zamora&#39;s superb strike seals victory for Derby in the play-off final Credit: Action Images But then came Bobby Zamora’s goal - probably our only mistake of the afternoon. They had barely got across our halfway line, but they got into our box at the worst possible time. It was devastating for us because it was a near perfect performance of controlling the game. The Gods weren’t with us. The commentator said: ‘Harry Houdini’ and he certainly was. We all felt like sinking to the ground because of the injustice and the devastation of losing. Harry Redknapp, QPR manager Steve McClaren’s enthusiasm and coaching were top-class when he worked for us, but the Derby job came along and he was a loss to us when he went. There was very little in the game in the first half - they had a penalty shout - but then the sending-off came. I thought it was a bit harsh. It wasn’t a clear-cut goal-scoring opportunity. All I thought about then was extra-time and penalties. Could we hang on? We came under severe pressure, but it wasn’t like they were peppering us. Everybody thinks they battered us, but I don’t remember Rob Green making many world-class saves. Still, I couldn’t see us scoring. And then what an amazing goal from Bobby Zamora. Poor Richard Keogh made a ricket and had a bad touch. Bobby didn’t hesitate and stuck it straight in the top corner. I went back to Loftus Road and popped my head into the party there for about two minutes. Then I just shot out, had something to eat and had an early night. I think I was in bed by half past 10. Sky Bet is the proud title sponsor of the EFL.
How it feels to win - and lose - the most pressurised game in football
Ahead of the Championship play-off final between Fulham and Aston Villa this Saturday, Ivan Speck speaks to those caught up in play-off drama of years gone. 'I said to the linesman - if I save this, do we win?' May 30, 1999: League Two play-off final Manchester City 2 (Horlock 90, Dickov 90+5) Gillingham 2 (Asaba 81, Taylor 87) After extra time, City won 3-1 on penalties Blue Moon rising. Carl Asaba and Bob Taylor gave Gillingham a late 2-0 lead. With City fans streaming out of Wembley, Kevin Horlock reduced the deficit before, controversially, referee Mark Halsey added on five minutes. In the last of those, Paul Dickov equalised. In the penalty shoot-out, 20-year-old City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver saved two Gillingham spot-kicks. Nicky Weaver, Manchester City goalkeeper I wasn’t that nervous beforehand. I think I played 55 games that year. I’d just turned 20 and the nerves don’t really kick in at that age. That said, early in the second half, I came out of my area and kicked the ball straight to one of their midfield players, who missed an open goal. If that had gone in, I could have been the villain, not the hero. I remember thinking it was only a few nights before that Manchester United had scored two in the dying minutes in Barcelona against Bayern Munich to win the Champions League. It wasn’t impossible, but something had to happen quickly. When we equalised, I came running down the pitch and did a big slide, Klinsmann-style. Everyone was just going wild. We’d come back from absolutely nowhere. I can’t imagine how the Gillingham players felt. Carl Asaba tries to break away from Manchester City's Lee Crooks in the 1999 play-off final Credit: PA We’d practised penalties every day after training, but I wasn’t that great at saving them that week. The biggest thing was that they were taken at the City end. When it came to the decisive kick, I remember saying to the linesman: ‘If I save this one, is that it?’ I made myself as big as I could, dived to my left, got two big hands on the ball, pulled a stupid face and went off on a mad run around Wembley. I just didn’t want the feeling inside me to end. I should have gone straight over to their keeper, but I was young and it didn’t enter my mind. It was life-changing for me. I had so much nervous excitement within me that I went on holiday and just sat on a sunbed for two weeks to come back to reality. That game was the first step in City getting back to where they needed to be. I dread to think what would have happened if we hadn’t gone up. To see where City are now, it’s unthinkable. Andy Hessenthaler, Gillingham captain We were massive underdogs. We had finished pretty much neck and neck in the table but on status, City were always going to be favourites. We rode our luck early on. They should have had a penalty in the first minute, but we got stronger and they were getting frustrated. When we scored, we were dreaming. You’d be a liar if you were on that pitch and you didn’t think you had won that match at 2-0. I certainly did. When five minutes went up on the board, my first thought was: ‘Where have the officials got that from?’ I just couldn’t work it out. I still can’t. Extra-time was a non-event because everyone was so shattered. Deep down I wasn’t that confident about penalties because of what had happened. It didn’t surprise me that we lost. There were lots of tears. It took me a while to pull myself together, I was that emotional. When you’re watching their captain lift the trophy, you think it should be you. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Fortunately, we went back to Wembley the year after and beat Wigan this time. 'I missed the penalty, and our fans started singing my name' May 25, 1998: Championship play-off final Charlton Athletic 4 (Mendonca 23, 71, 103, Rufus 85) Sunderland 4 (Quinn 50, 73, Phillips 58, Summerbee 99) After extra-time, Charlton won 7-6 on penalties The most open play-off final ever. Sunderland fan Clive Mendonca scored a hat-trick with Richard Rufus heading in Charlton’s other goal. Sunderland replied through their attacking duo of Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips, as well as Nicky Summerbee. Sunderland-born Michael Gray missed the decisive penalty in the shoot-out. Alan Curbishley, Charlton manager Going into the final, we had to win it. We had big plans for The Valley, but there were bids on the table from Premier League clubs for three or four of our players. If we didn’t make it, we would have had to sell them. The team would have been broken up. We measured out a training pitch the same size as Wembley to help us, but the heat made it such an open game. I expected goals, but no-one in their wildest dreams expected it to be 4-4. It’s an iconic final. Clive Mendonca was our striker, and he was Sunderland born and bred. I knew we had signed a centre forward who could get us promotion or near promotion. He was a deadly finisher but come the day of the final, he was as nervous as anybody, playing against his boyhood team and trying to get us into the Premier League. But you won’t see a better hat-trick at Wembley for its coolness. None of the goals were ever in doubt. Clive Mendonca scores the opening goal at Wembley Credit: Action Images I felt confident about the penalty shoot-out. Our goalkeeper Sasa Ilic had turned up at the training ground with his kit eight months before and asked if he could have a trial. After the first couple of training sessions, I told him: ‘We’re going to give you some travel expenses.’ I paid it out of my own pocket because I didn’t want him to wait a month for them. I watched every penalty up until Mickey Gray’s last one for Sunderland. My assistant Keith Peacock said: ‘Don’t watch this one. It’s a left-footer and he’s going to miss it.’ I put my head in my hands. When I didn’t hear the roar from their fans, I knew we had won. Peter Reid was the first person to come in our dressing room. He congratulated every one of our players on winning promotion. I’m not too sure I could have done that. The Sunderland coach had inadvertently blocked ours in after the game, so the only way we could get to our reception near Wembley was by walking with the trophy along Wembley Way. The Sunderland fans clapped us and wanted their photo taken with the trophy and the players. So when Sunderland went up the next year, we sent them a case of champagne. Michael Gray, Sunderland defender The heat felt like 120-degrees pitch-side and we had been designated to wear our away shirt, which was double-layered. It felt like you were wearing an overcoat. Every time we scored a goal, we thought that was it, they’re not going to get back into it, but they kept coming and coming. There were some great goals and Clive Mendonca was incredible. We’d practised penalties at the Stadium of Light. I’d taken maybe 20 and stuck every one of them away, but I remember Peter Reid saying: ‘Let’s wait until there are 80,000 there and see if you fancy taking one then.’ He was right. It went to sudden death. I was only 23, but I looked at our two centre-halves Darren Williams and Jody Craddock who were younger than me and then at our centre forward Danny Dichio. His boots were off and he was sat on the floor. That walk to the penalty spot is the loneliest walk you’ll ever make in your life. Even though there are 80,000 people there, you can actually hear yourself put the ball down on the grass. I picked my spot but as I ran up I saw Sasa Ilic shuffling across to his left, which was where I was going. I knew he was going to save it even when it was rolling there. Sasa Ilic celebrates winning the penalty shoot-out at Wembley Credit: Getty Images The kit man came over, then Quinny, Kevin Ball and Lee Clark. Then Peter came across and gave me a big hug. It felt like forever, but it was only five or six minutes. It was a lonely place. And then all I could hear was the Sunderland supporters starting to sing my name. I’ve never forgotten that. Never. That emotion, the feeling of missing that penalty stayed with me for as long as I wore a Sunderland shirt, which was 12-and-a-half years. Peter Reid was first class with me. I got back home after Wembley. He rang up and said: ‘Pack a bag, you’re coming to stay with me for three days.’ It was exactly what I needed. It got me away from everybody. Peter Reid consoles Michael Gray after his missed penalty Credit: ALLSPORT There wasn’t a day went by without someone wanting to ask me about it. I knew what it meant to everybody. My life was Sunderland. It was my club and I didn’t want to let anybody down ever again. I tried to block it out, but my only freedom from that question was crossing the white line and playing football. I went back to pre-season two weeks earlier than everybody else just to get a head start. No distractions. The next season we won the league with over 100 points. But it was always there. I knew what had happened the season before. That penalty miss was probably the defining moment of me becoming an adult. I was a bit of tearaway and it made me a stronger character to reach the goals I dreamed of when I was a young kid – getting promoted with Sunderland, playing for my country, playing at Wembley again. But it still hits you hard, even 20 years on. 'Party? I was in bed by half past 10' May 24, 2014: Championship play-off final Queens Park Rangers 1 (Zamora 90) Derby County 0 Grand larceny. After quietly dominating, Derby exerted total control in the second half when Rangers’ Gary O’Neil was sent off for a 58th-minute professional foul. The Derby onslaught of the QPR goal continued until Rangers broke away in the 90th minute and substitute Bobby Zamora stroked home an undeserved winner. Steve McClaren, Derby manager Harry Redknapp, QPR’s manager, and I were friends and we worked together for three months at Rangers that season. We developed a great relationship over that time - Harry was a delight to work with. Fantastic experience, great stories, nice restaurants and red wine on a Friday night! But going back to Derby was huge for me. It was a job I always wanted because I’d played there and I’d been assistant to Jim Smith, so to return as manager was completing the set. Walking out took me back to the first England game at the new Wembley when we opened it against Brazil. I had the same feeling of pride walking out with my team. Football is all about those moments. In terms of the match, we were exactly where we wanted to be. They had gone down to 10 men, we were camped in their box and I felt it was just a matter of time – wear them down, keep them running and moving. That’s what we’d done to teams all season and that would see us across the line. I could only see one scenario, us winning. I didn’t even mind if we went into extra-time because we were in total control. Until we ran out of control. Bobby Zamora's superb strike seals victory for Derby in the play-off final Credit: Action Images But then came Bobby Zamora’s goal - probably our only mistake of the afternoon. They had barely got across our halfway line, but they got into our box at the worst possible time. It was devastating for us because it was a near perfect performance of controlling the game. The Gods weren’t with us. The commentator said: ‘Harry Houdini’ and he certainly was. We all felt like sinking to the ground because of the injustice and the devastation of losing. Harry Redknapp, QPR manager Steve McClaren’s enthusiasm and coaching were top-class when he worked for us, but the Derby job came along and he was a loss to us when he went. There was very little in the game in the first half - they had a penalty shout - but then the sending-off came. I thought it was a bit harsh. It wasn’t a clear-cut goal-scoring opportunity. All I thought about then was extra-time and penalties. Could we hang on? We came under severe pressure, but it wasn’t like they were peppering us. Everybody thinks they battered us, but I don’t remember Rob Green making many world-class saves. Still, I couldn’t see us scoring. And then what an amazing goal from Bobby Zamora. Poor Richard Keogh made a ricket and had a bad touch. Bobby didn’t hesitate and stuck it straight in the top corner. I went back to Loftus Road and popped my head into the party there for about two minutes. Then I just shot out, had something to eat and had an early night. I think I was in bed by half past 10. Sky Bet is the proud title sponsor of the EFL.

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