In the history of European football, UCL has been the most prized asset for a team to win. A UCL campaign can actually decide whether the overall season for a particular team has been successful or not. The upcoming final between the Reds and Real Madrid will be 67th UCL final. So, without further ado let’s take a look at Liverpool’s final history first .
UCL Finals of Liverpool
The Reds have played 9 UCL finals which is a record of English club . They emerged victorious in their first two consecutive appearances in 1977 beating Borussia Mönchengladbach (3-1) with Terry McDermott , Tommy Smith , Phil Neal on target for Pool. Then against Club Brugge KV (1-0) with heroics of Sir Kenny Dalgish in 1978 . Soon after in 1981 the Reds defeated Madrid with a goal lead in their first ever UCL final clash .
Till now Liverpool has won 6 UCL titles . They witnessed first UCL final defeat in 1985 against Juventus (1-0) . And the other two losses came against AC Milan in a thrilling penalty shoot out (3-2) and against Real Madrid in 2018 (3-1) .
With a record of nearly 66 % in UCL finals and the urge to take revenge against Madrid the reds are on high hopes at Parc Des princes , Paris.
UCL Finals of Real Madrid
No team has been dominated European football quite like Real Madrid did . They reached the inaugural final and won it in 1956 . Since then the UCL is being turned out to be a Real Madrid – league as the club made record 16 final appearances till now and won the 13 of them that’s what makes them giants of world football .
No club has won the competition as many times as they have (13) ,scored as many goals (1020) or made it to most finals 16 and the most appearances also .
Since the 1956 inaugural tournament they remained champions for hooping five consecutive seasons . In 1956 they defeated Stade Reims (4-3) after that in 1957 Fiorentina (2-0) , in 1958 AC Milan (3-2) , in 1959 again hunted Stade Reims (2-0) and in 1960 Eintracht Frankfurt scoring seven goals to three . That sums up their 5 season champions run which is the longest one .
Their first defeat came up against Eusébio’s mighty Benifica (5-3) in 1962 where a Ferenc Puskás hattrick wasn’t enough to hold Benfica . After that Real Madrid also lost against Inter Milan (3-1) under Helenio Herrera .
The loss against Bob paisley’s Liverpool in 1981 was the last time that Real Madrid lost a UCL final .
Winning 13 games of 16 with 82 % success rate Madrid would like to continue dominating European football on clash against Liverpool in Paris .
In the UEFA Champions League, the two teams played a total of 7 games before. Out of 7 Liverpool won 2, Real Madrid won 4 and the two teams drew 1 . With Salah and co. trying to get their hands on title, it will be challenging for whites to hold them back . On the other hand captain Benzema leading the attack with Vinicius Jr. it will be a big challenge for Liverpool defense to cope up with the their pace.
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