On the day of the Champions League final, one part of Manchester rejoiced, and the other was sad: City crushed Inter and repeated the achievement of Alex Ferguson’s legendary team from 1999. Guardiola’s team became the second from England behind the Red Devils, who managed to secure the treble. The coach himself entered the cohort of the greatest for the second time: in 2009 he achieved the treble with Barcelona.
The achievement is very cool, but in Europe it is not unique at all. We remember who else managed to leave a mark in history.
Coach: Jock Stein
Top scorer: Joe McBride (35)
The first European treble was completed by a team from Glasgow, whose achievement has special value not so much for its pioneering status, but for the number of tournaments. In fact, in that season, the Celts also took the Scottish League Cup. In the Scottish Championship, Jock Stein’s team led the main rivals of Rangers by only three points, Aberdeen was defeated in the National Cup final (2: 0), and then there was a triumph in the Scottish Cup. Champions. .
Celtic players in the championship parade
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During the tournament, Celtic beat Zurich (5:0 on aggregate), Nantes (6:2), Vojvodina (2:1) and Dukla (3:1). It is curious that this was already the 12th ECCH final and the first in which Real and Benfica did not participate: in Lisbon, the Celts faced Inter Milan. The Italians used the catenaccio and took the lead thanks to an early penalty, but the Scots showed character and pulled off a resounding victory thanks to goals from Tommy Gemmell (63rd minute) and Stevie Chalmers (84th minute). After that victory, they received the nickname “Lisbon lions”.
Coach: Stefan Kovac
Top scorer: Johan Cruyff (33)
Taking inspiration from the great Johan Cruyff and demonstrating the best examples of total football, Ajax lost just one game out of 48 throughout the season! The Amsterdam team won 26 of their last 27 Dutch league games before crushing 3-2 in the Den Haag Cup final. Ajax played the Champions Cup final in Rotterdam, where, in front of 67,000 spectators, they beat Inter thanks to Cruyff’s double. Despite this, the Ballon d’Or for that season went to the German Franz Beckenbauer, who was proclaimed European champion a month later.
Johan Cruyff with teammates and champions trophy
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PSV Eindhoven – 1987/1988
Coach: Guus Hiddink
Top scorer: Wim Kieft (33)
For 16 years, no team managed to build a treble, the longest streak in European football. This was Guus Hiddink’s first full season as head coach, as he served as assistant coach since his retirement in 1982. His team easily won the Eredivisie by nine points over Ajax, scoring 117 goals in 34 matches. But PSV almost lost the final of the Dutch Cup. Five minutes from the end of the meeting with Roda, the champions “burned” 1: 2, but first, the Belgian right-back Eric Gerets equalized, and in the discount, the Danish midfielder Søren Lerby brought the victory to Hiddink’s team.
Guus Hiddink and the beloved “ears”
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In the Champions Cup, the Dutch left with a great crunch: starting from the 1/4 of the final stage, they did not win a single match and advanced to the next round only thanks to goals scored away from home. Thus, Bordeaux and Real Madrid passed. PSV failed to win in regulation time and in the final against Benfica; after a goalless draw, the winner was determined in a penalty shootout. The trophy and the “ears” hat went to the Dutch goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen, who saved a penalty from Antonio Veloso (6:5).
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Manchester United – 1998/1999
Coach: Alex Ferguson
Top scorer: Dwight York (29)
Manchester United became the first English team to win the treble. Over the course of each tournament of the season, the Red Devils had many moments where they were within minutes of defeat, but they always came back. This was the hallmark of Alex Ferguson’s fantastic team.
Manchester United won the title of English champions only in the last round, ahead of Arsenal by one point. The Mancunians “burned” Tottenham in their field, but managed a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Beckham and Cole. Even more dramatic moments experienced by the “devils” in the FA Cup. In the fourth round with Liverpool, they lost in the 89th minute 0: 1 and turned the game around again: first York equalized the score, and in the minute 90 + 2, Solskjaer knocked down the sworn rivals – 2: 1!
Alex Ferguson’s great team after winning the Champions League
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A similar trick was pulled off in the semi-finals against Arsenal. With the score 1:1 and playing in the minority at minute 90+2, Schmeichel saved a Bergkamp penalty, and Giggs faced off against the competition in injury time for the championship. And finally, in the Champions League final, the Devils once again showed outstanding character. Bayern were also in contention for the treble that season, but goals from Sheringham and Solskjaer sent the trophy to Manchester within two minutes.
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Coach: Pep Guardiola
Top scorer: Lionel Messi (38)
In Pep Guardiola’s first season as Barcelona manager, his team, led by Lionel Messi, bested everyone to become the first Spanish club to win the treble. The Catalans confidently achieved victory in La Liga (they scored 105 goals and finished with a margin of nine points) and in the Spanish Cup, defeating Athletic (4:1). In the Champions League, the team sometimes allowed itself to relax. In the third qualifying round, the Catalans lost on the road to Wisla Krakow (0: 1), but in the second leg they took a safe revenge (4: 0). In the group stage, Barcelona lost at home to Shakhtar Donetsk (2:3), but still qualified for the playoffs from first place.
The garnets played their most difficult game in the second leg of the semifinals with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after a goalless draw at the Camp Nou.
The Barcelona players surprise Guardiola after the triumph in the Champions League
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The Londoners scored a quick goal, played confidently and claimed a penalty several times, but were confidently parried away by Norwegian referee Evrebo. The denouement came at minute 90+3, when Iniesta scored a “golden” ball away from home with a crazy long shot and sent the Catalans to the final. In the final in Rome, Barça beat defending champions Manchester United 2-0 thanks to goals from Eto’o and Messi.
Coach: Jose Mourinho
Top scorer: Diego Milito (30)
José Mourinho helped Inter become the first Italian club to reach the treble. The coach managed to create an incredible atmosphere in the team, whose leaders were impenetrable defenders Materazzi, Samuel and Lucio, and Sneijder and Milito lit up in attack. Serie A Inter beat Roma by two points, and then beat the “wolves” and at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the decisive match of the Coppa Italia (1:0).
José Mourinho with the Champions Cup
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In the Champions League, things did not go well: in the group stage they won only two games and finished second behind Barcelona. The blue and whites felt the taste of blood in the playoffs, when they defeated Mourinho’s former Chelsea for the first time, and in the quarterfinals they beat CSKA Moscow. The main test for the team was in the semifinals with Barcelona: Inter won at home (3-1), and then came back from behind for more than an hour at the Camp Nou after Motta was sent off. And yet they achieved the desired result – a defeat with a score of 0: 1 brought them to the final. In the decisive match, the Milanese defeated Bayern in Madrid thanks to Milito’s brace.
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Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Top scorer: Thomas Müller (23)
Bayern could have done a treble a year earlier, but then they missed out on all three trophies in one month: Klopp’s Borussia took the title and the Cup, and Chelsea beat them in the Champions League final in Munich.
Bayern players and coach Jupp Heynckes after winning the Champions League
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In the Bundesliga, Bayern lost just one game, finishing 25 points ahead of Dortmund. This was the season that began Bayern’s ongoing run of 11 consecutive Bundesliga championships. In the German Cup final, Stuttgart was defeated (3: 2). In the Champions League, it was already tough from the 1/8 final, when Bayern defeated Arsenal only on away goals. But then there were practically no problems, and in the final the Munich team met Borussia – 2:1.
Coach: Luis Enrique
Top scorer: Lionel Messi (58)
In La Liga, Barça collided with Real Madrid almost until the end of the race and in the end they beat Madrid by two points. In the final of the Spanish Cup, the Catalans defeated Athletic (3:1). In the Champions League, Barça also dominated remarkably. In the 1/8 finals, the Catalans knocked out Manchester City, in the quarterfinals – PSG, in the semifinals they went to Bayern, and in the decisive match Juventus were defeated (3: 1).
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Coach: Hans-Dieter Flick
Top scorer: Robert Lewandowski (55)
Bayern benefited from a manager change during the season. Flick, who fell out with the players, was replaced in November by Flik, who took over the team from fourth in the Bundesliga. The new coach improved the atmosphere in the locker room and, as a result, the Munich team won the Silver Salad Bowl with two rounds to go. In the German Cup final, Bayer Leverkusen was defeated – 4:2.
Robert Lewandowski and Hasan Salihamidzic celebrate victory in the Champions League
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In Europe, Bayern completely crushed the rivals. Munich won all six games in the group stage with a 24-5 goal-worry record. In the playoffs, Bayern hit opponents with no less confidence. Accumulated victories over Chelsea (7:1), Barcelona (8:2) and Lyon (3:0) took Munich to the final. In the decisive match in Lisbon, Flick’s team defeated PSG (1-0) thanks to a goal from Coman.
Now Manchester City is a superclub! Along with Real Madrid, Bayern and Barça