There are a number of locations and venues across Europe where the atmosphere, the fans, the successes and the unforgettable footballing moments have gone down in history as some of the most thrilling nights ever in the sport. The Champions League is the perfect platform for teams and individuals to shine so we’ve decided to take a look back at those stadiums and occasions that really capture the imagination.
CELTIC PARK, Glasgow
Many sides fear visiting Celtic Park with the crowd creating an atmosphere like no other and over the years domestically and in Europe it has become somewhat of a fortress. For decades when the biggest and best in Europe have travelled the match-night atmosphere has been electric and it’s always a viewing pleasure for the home fans, the visitors and even the neutrals. When true football legends such as Lionel Messi, Michael Owen, Andres Iniesta, Andrea Pirlo, and Paolo Maldini are all singing its praises you know it’s a ground worth playing at. Celtic’s most notable Champions League victory in recent memory came about when the hoops clawed back a 1-0 deficit in the second leg at Parkhead to beat heavyweights Barcelona in one of the clubs greatest European nights ever.
Liverpool FC’s home ground Anfield is one of the most famous stadiums around and is home to some of the most passionate, loyal and vocal football fans on the planet. The club has hosted some of the most incredible nights in European football as well as entertaining the world over the decades in other Champions League matches away from home. Including of course the unimaginable comeback they achieved during the 2005 final against AC Milan. Finding themselves 3-0 down at half-time is was going to take more than a miracle to pull themselves back into the game. And on that magical night in Istanbul not only did they level things off but they even managed to make it to a penalty shoot-out where they miraculously swung the game in their favour and they walked away with the trophy. New boss Jurgen Klopp will look to replicate those triumphs in the coming years.
SANTIAGO BERNABÉU, Real Madrid
Talking of comebacks there have been numerous occasions when a Champion’s League game has quite literally and unexpectedly been turned on its head. In the quarter finals of the 2003/04 tournament it was AS Monaco that had surprised everyone by reaching that stage of the competition. But nothing was more surprising as when the underdogs were leading at half-time against Spanish league leaders Real Madrid. And in that final 45 minutes the Bernabeu lit up as the home side managed to claw their way back into the game scoring no less than 4 times to help their side into the semis.