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The forward “City” or “Inter” will go down in history. Only 9 stars won the Champions League and the World Cup in one season

Date: March 4, 2024 Time: 01:17:34

Winning the Champions League and the World Cup are the two main dreams of any footballer. This season, Julián Álvarez from Manchester City or Lautaro Martínez from Inter have both been playing. These forwards won the 2022 World Cup in December as part of the Argentina squad, competing against each other for a place at the base, and will battle it out in the Champions League final in June. Some of them will be lucky enough to take two trophies in one year, which many of their teammates won’t even come close to in their entire career.

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However, Álvarez or Martínez will not yet be the first players to produce a “perfect double” for the season. There are nine such heroes in football history. But there has not yet been a single Argentine representative from Inter or Manchester City. Here are these people.

Sepp Meier, Franz Beckenbauer, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeness, Gerd Müller

Teams: Bayern and German team Season: 1973/1974

In 1974, six German footballers did the impossible at once: winning the Champions League and the World Cup in two months. First, goalkeeper Mayer, defenders Beckenbauer, Schwarzenbeck, Breitner, midfielder Hoeness and striker Gerd Müller became the winners of the European Cup as part of Bayern.

Bayern in 1974

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The path to the trophy turned out to be difficult for the Munich team. They almost flew already in the first round – they defeated the Swede “Otvidaberg” only in a penalty shootout. In the second round there were crazy battles against Dynamo Dresden – 4:3 at home and 3:3 away. In the quarterfinals, Bayern more confidently faced the Bulgarian CSKA, and in the semifinals, the Hungarian Ujpest passed due to a great home win in the second leg. The final with Atlético in Brussels usually needed to be replayed, since the teams played a draw – 1:1. In addition, Schwarzenbeck saved Bayern from defeat with his goal in the 120th minute. The true triumph of the Munich team was the second game, in which they defeated Atlético 4-0 thanks to braces from Hoeness and Muller.

The 1974 World Cup was held in Germany, which made the task easy. In the first stage, the hosts won the group with the GDR, Chile and Australia, and in the second stage they became the quartet winners with Poland, Sweden and Yugoslavia. The final with the Netherlands in Munich started badly: the ‘orange’ scored already in the second minute from the penalty spot. However, even before the break, goals from Breitner (also from the penalty spot) and Muller helped the Germans take the lead. The match ended with the score 2:1.

West German team in 1974

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Beckenbauer was the captain of both Bayern and the German national team. He was recognized as the country’s player of the year. However, in 1974 he lost the fight for the Ballon d’Or to Johan Cruyff. Müller was the top scorer in the European Cup with eight goals.

Christian Karembeu

Teams: Real Madrid and France Season: 1997/1998

Karembeu was born in New Caledonia, played for the French national team and spent the best years of his career in Madrid. In 1998, the midfielder first won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then the World Cup with the Tricolores.

Christian Karembeu

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The 1997/1998 season was Karembeu’s first in Madrid. More precisely, the second part of the season, since it was bought from Sampdoria in January 1998. Christian was at the base in all the games of the Champions League playoffs, and in the first three (both in the quarterfinals with Bayer as in the semi-finals with Borussia Dortmund) he scored a goal! In the final against Juventus, which Real Madrid won 1-0, Karembeu also played 90 minutes.

A month later, the midfielder was already playing in the 1998 World Cup, at the home of the French. At the same time, until the quarterfinals, Karembeu was a substitute in the national team, and in the semifinals he was substituted already in the 30th minute due to injury. However, in the final against Brazil (3:0), Christian played almost an hour. As for individual awards, after the results of 1998, he was recognized … as the player of the year in Oceania.

Robert Carlos

Teams: Real Madrid and Brazil Team Season: 2001/2002

Nine years before being in Russia, Roberto Carlos had a unique season in which he won both the Champions League and the World Cup. The club’s most valuable trophy was awarded to him as part of Real Madrid in May 2002, and a month and a half later, the Brazilian team did what they could not do at the World Cup in France four years earlier.

Robert Carlos

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Roberto Carlos was around 30 years old, he was at the peak of his career. In the Champions League, Real won the group with Roma, Lokomotiv and Anderlecht in the first stage (by the way, the Brazilian scored against the railway workers in Madrid), in the second – with Panathinaikos, Sparta and Porto. In the quarterfinals, the “creamy” knocked out Bayern, and in the semifinals, their more principled rival, Barcelona. In the final with Bayer Leverkusen (2: 1), Roberto Carlos did a lot to win: he participated in both goal attacks.

In the 2002 World Cup, Brazil, with Roberto Carlos at the base, won the group with Turkey, Costa Rica and China, and then eliminated Belgium, England and Turkey in the playoffs. In the final in Yokohama, the Brazilians defeated Germany – 2:0. The Real Madrid left back played the entire game.

In 2002, Roberto Carlos came close to winning the Ballon d’Or. He finished second, slightly behind Ronaldo in the voting.

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Rafael Varane

Teams: Real Madrid and France Season: 2017/2018

Five years ago, in Russia, Varan made his dream come true: he “put” the gold medals of the world champion in the Champions League Cup, which he had won a month earlier as part of Real Madrid. But the victory with the French team at Luzhniki probably cost more to the center-back. After all, he had already won the Champions League with Madrid three times before 2018. In that season’s Champions League, Real Madrid first finished only second in the foursome with Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL. Varane missed the London match, the only one his team lost in the group stage. But in the playoffs, Real Madrid beat everyone: PSG, in the 1/8 final, Juventus, in the quarterfinals, Bayern, in the semifinals. And in the final, the “creamy” with Varan at the base beat Liverpool – 3: 1.

Rafael Varane

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Soon Varan was already performing at the World Cup in Russia. He spent all the games, from the first to the last minute. In addition, he scored the winning goal against Uruguay in the quarterfinals. If he has forgotten the path of the French, we remember that Denmark, Peru and Australia were overlooked in the group. In the round of 16, they defeated Argentina in a crazy match – 4:3, then they met Uruguay – 2:0, and in the semifinals Belgium – 1:0. In the final in Luzhniki, Didier Deschamps’s team beat the Croats 4:2.

In 2018, Varan was included in the symbolic team in both the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Cup. However, he was not considered a candidate for the Ballon d’Or.

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