Van Basten, Cruyff, Mendoza and other legends of the Champions finals in Spain

The legend goes that Helmuth Duckadam , a Romanian goalkeeper with a mustache and make-up of Eastern Europe, specifically from Romania, won with his saves against Barcelona a Mercedes that Ramón Mendoza , then president of Real Madrid, paid for from his pocket , as thanks to his feat. The player, of course, denied it. In 1986, on the lawn of the Sánchez-Pizjuán, he guessed the four penalties of that gloomy Barcelona session. He alone turned off the light to Pedraza , Alexanko , Pichi and Marcos Alonso . The Steaua of Bucharest was champion and returned home with $ 200 and a Dacia car, the gift agreed with the Ceaucescu regime .

A couple of legends, both real, were written between the walls of the Camp Nou. Just 30 years ago (1989), the Milan de Sacchi was presented to the world with a thrilling scream. Between Van Basten and Gullit (4-0) crushed precisely the Steaua, where Duckadam was no longer, which a thrombosis in his right arm made him disappear after that famous night in the Pizjuán. That machine of Dutch heart ( Frank Rijkaard was another of its multiple attractions) would repeat a year later in Vienna.

Two decades ago (1999), Ole Gunnar Solksjaer , that devil with the face of a child who today takes the helm of Manchester United from the bench, threw the abyss to Bayern. With the tip of his right boot annihilated the Bavarian team when the final expired and transported to Old Trafford what was then the second European Cup in the history of the British club.

However, no one remembers as many finals as the Santiago Bernabéu turf. Since that distant 1957, where Real Madrid grabbed his second title, until the last on Spanish soil, nine years ago. Namely: in 1969, he stuck the knee Ajax of a young Johan Cruyff against Milan by Gianni Rivera (4-1). Two years later, the world would bow to them. He also left written his last feat Nottingham Forest (1980), after that slalom slalom of the Scot John Robertson that ended with a lethal blow to Hamburg from outside the area.

Finally, always talking about the Bernabéu, we arrived in 2010. Diego Milito left Bayern badly hurt. That armored Inter de Mourinho , who days later would sign for Real Madrid, and those two strikes of the Argentine striker still sting in Munich and are eternal for a part of Milan. In total, seven Champions finals on Spanish soil.

The newborn Metropolitan will have his senses wide open this Saturday. He has been waiting two years and, finally, his time has come. Pochettino’s Tottenham and Klopp’s Liverpool , in an unprecedented British derby in a European final, will leave a new story written in Spain. Maybe in a few years, many of the things that happen in this eighth final of the Champions League on Spanish soil will be remembered as a handful of legends to add to the list.

Liverpool have prepared the big date in Marbella, just like last season. It does not matter that a year ago he did not do well in the decisive match against Real Madrid. Klopp has repeated formula, away from the noise of the English city and oblivious to superstitions.

The referee will be the Slovenian Skomina (42 years old). The last course pitched the controversial duel in Rome, where Liverpool sealed his ticket to the Kiev final. It will count for the first time in a final of the Champions League with the help of the VAR. Mateu Lahoz will be the fourth referee.


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