Best sides never to win the CL or old European Cup

Discussion in 'UEFA and Europe' started by justboy, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. justboy

    justboy Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    In your opinion what are the best sides to fall short and not win Europe's premier competition during a particular year? Mine would have to be.

    Chelsea - 04/05
    Bayer Leverkusen - 01/02
    Rangers - 92/93
    Ajax - 95/96
    St Etienne - 75/76
    R Madrid - 61/62
     
  2. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    Tottenham 61/62
    Man Utd 57/58
    Barcelona 59/60
    Bayern 86/87
     
  3. Clan

    Clan Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    All English champs during the late 80's.
     
  4. cosmosRIP

    cosmosRIP Member

    Jul 22, 2000
    Brooklyn NY
    Arsenal 03/04
     
  5. SirManchester

    SirManchester Member+

    Apr 14, 2004
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    That Leverkusen team really deserved it....what a shame......
     
  6. justboy

    justboy Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    good one, i never thought of that......shame on the hooligans!!
     
  7. Gregoriak

    Gregoriak BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 27, 2002
    Munich
    Borussia Mönchengladbach 1971/72 & 1975/76
     
  8. Hrvat

    Hrvat New Member

    Mar 27, 2005
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Barcelona 93/94
    Bayern 98/99
     
  9. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    My list in no particular order:

    Sampdoria 92
    Juve 83
    Borussia Moenchengladbach 77
    Benfica 68
    Olympique Marseille 91
    Barca 61
    AC Milan 93

    I would have listed more Juve sides but I don't want to be more biased.
     
  10. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Red Star Belgrade 1992
    Benfica 90
    Hamburg 80
    Partizan 66
    Benfica 63
     
  11. justboy

    justboy Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
  12. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    1975.
     
  13. white riot

    white riot Member+

    Apr 27, 2005
    Southampton, England
    Club:
    Southampton FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Robbed in Paris.
     
  14. laudrup

    laudrup BigSoccer Supporter

    Apr 14, 2005
    Real Madrid in the late 80s, the "Quinta del Buitre" teams.
     
  15. Brannigan

    Brannigan New Member

    May 17, 2005
    La Coruña
    Real Madrid 1988 was much better than PSV Eindhoven :(
     
  16. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Not in that year. Real had better midfielders and forwards like Michel, Butregueno and Sanchez but PSV were better as a team as well as defensively.
     
  17. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Don't forget the chair-ripping proceding the final. Only kidding! In this case though, you couldn't blame the Leeds fans for being pissed. After reading that summary that you found, Leeds had definitely got robbed.
     
  18. Brannigan

    Brannigan New Member

    May 17, 2005
    La Coruña
    A better team? They were champions without winning any of the last six games of the tournament. They had a solid defense and little else. Real Madrid was far superior.
     
  19. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Then how come they lost? Mmm....

    I suppose Hans Van Breukelen, Erik Gerets, Ronald Koeman, Berry Van
    Aerle, Gerald Vanenberg and Soren Lerby don't spring to mind.
     
  20. Brannigan

    Brannigan New Member

    May 17, 2005
    La Coruña
    As this year's Champions League final proved, not always the best team wins.
     
  21. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    That seems sensible. From 1987-1990, Real had a very good team but in that period, the campaigns always came to an end at the semis, losing to Bayern, PSV (as we already know ) and then Milan twice in a row.

    I also want to add Dynamo Kiev's teams from 1987 and 1999. In 1987, they had at least eight Soviet internationals and in 1999, Shevchenko and Rebrov had shown what they were made of. Both teams coached by Valeri Lobanovski, who also coached in the 1970s but I wouldn't put that team on that list because I don't know much about the players in that team except for Blokhin.
     
  22. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Olympique Marseille 1991: Olmeta - Boli, Mozer, Casoni - Amoros, Fournier (75 Vercruysse), Germain, Di Meco (111 Stojkovic) - Waddle, Papin (c), Abedi Pelé

    Defeated AC Milan in the quarter-finals and hot favourites to beat Red Star.
     
  23. silver bullet

    silver bullet Member

    May 11, 2004
    Real Madrid may have been flashier, but definitely not FAR superior. PSV had a very strong team with key dutch players like Van Breukelen, Van Aerle, Koeman, Van Tiggelen, Vanenburg and Kieft who would go on to win the European Championships with Holland a month later. Add to that captain Gerets and some strong and very experienced danish players in Lerby, Arnesen and Nielsen. They were always going to be a tough team to beat.
     
  24. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Finally there's someone who agrees with me.
     

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