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Man Utd v Bayern Munich: 10th anniversary

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Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of Manchester United's stunning win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

What are your memories of the game?

How we reported the feat in 1999:
news.bbc.co.uk/nol/ukfs_news...
Bayern keeper Oliver Kahn remembers the final:
news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo...



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comment by arwyn19 (U8127606)

posted May 26, 2009

I remember during the first half thinking, this is not the United I've watched all season. The way we started seemed passionless and Marion Basler was running the show scoring that freekick, then hitting the crossbar with a bicycle kick.

Correct me if I'm wrong but it didn't seem until the last 20 minutes until we looked like scoring. We just couldn't get the ball to the forwards.

When Sheringhams goal went in I think Bayern fans must have known another was coming after the pressure put on them 10 mins prior to that, not even the greatest optimist expected one before extra time though.

The game went from my worst nightmare to orgasm in a flash, it was amazing!

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posted May 26, 2009

Hope the manks get stuffed tomorrow

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comment by Mihalj (U8885138)

posted May 26, 2009

typical bitter scouser..

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comment by Mihalj (U8885138)

posted May 26, 2009

remember we were lousy the whole game but when we started to push last 10 minutes I know sthing good can happen, and when we scored the 1st I yelled and jumped around and for the 2nd it was even more loud and crazy :)

really beautiful day

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comment by Mick (U733728)

posted May 26, 2009

I was watching it at my partners house who wasn't all that interested and her 2 kids had gone to bed, bored. When the equaliser went in I ran upstairs screaming and woke her kids up to tell them. I was still upstairs when my partner shouted that there was another corner. I ran down and caught the goal just in time. Cue mad screaming back up the stairs. I still watch the last few minutes every now and then and still get a tear in my eye.

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comment by Newbs (U13920179)

posted May 26, 2009

I was 27 and had a BBQ for around 30 people, about 20 United and the rest neutral, allbiet 2 luckypool... The day went great and then began the football. We had played great all season and I couldn't see us losing to Bayern. After 1 nil down, I wasn't panicking but after around 80 mins I conceded we weren't going to score but be lucky to stay 1 nil. Then we began to play and it was like we might just do it, the tension was unreal. The rest is history and literally so. What an emotional night!! That was one of the best days of my life. I'm buzzing about tomorrow, cmon United cmon Sir Alex. Time to write another chapter.

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posted May 26, 2009

Was in the Nou Camp with my friend Matt; wonderful day, hanging out on Las Ramblas as per the other poster;
I remember the undergound to the stadium being packed and full of reds;
Being in the stadium was amazing, but most of the game was poor, United just didnt seem to click..and then that ending..just unbeleivable..
Chaos getting back to the airport... arriving back in Mcr and then going to the city center and ending up in the arena followed by some serious drinking on deansgate...
what a day!
Alas, I now live in the US so didnt go to Moscow and wont be in Rome..
whoever is there will have a hell of a time tho!

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comment by Joe G (U4314969)

posted May 27, 2009

I watched the game on telly and remember it being an exciting game with the finale drama to match any movie. It had the perfect balance of being an even match between two evenly matched sides with neither team dominating and the feeling that anything could happen.

I then watched the game in full on video about a year later one evening at uni with two die hard United fans and thought (notwithstanding the last 10 minutes obviously) it was an excruciatingly dull game to watch. Naturally some of it's appeal had been lost as you knew United were going to score but watching it again as a neutral it seemed that United completely didn't turn up until 80 minutes and Bayern hardly looked like World beaters.

None of this at all is to suggest it was a lesser final or that it was in fact a bad match but rather that memories of an individual game can be so differing when you compare the game on the night and in the cold light of day.

Hopefully this final will be outstanding in both contexts.

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posted May 27, 2009

Not a patch on Liverpool's comeback against milan,a far better team than bayern munich.Both of these though pale into insignificance alongside the Clarets amazing promotion to the Premier League on monday though.

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posted May 27, 2009

Not a Utd lover but will be supporting them tonight as a Brit. 1999 again I watched with hope they'd win. I got home late from work and missed the opening goal. I had laid a huge 1 bet on Utd to win 2-1 and Mario Basler to score first, total guess as usual but I think Basler scored in the semi and looked good. Utd had a habit of getting one goal quickly followed by a second so I kept my fingers crossed and with odds of 125/1 I got in the house daring to peep at the TV knowing Bayern were 1-0 up, Basler had scored so part one of the bet was ok. We then proceeded to see Utd stumble their way through the match and see Bayern hit the bar, the post and only for Schmeichel it could have been a bit embarrassing. Coming to the 90th minute the Utd that had fought valiantly in the quarter and semi final plus their exploits in the FA Cup had seemingly froze in the spotlight and thrown it all away, even George Best left the stadium in the 90th minute. I was holding the ticket in my hand ready to rip it up when Sheringham scored, I knew then that Utd would win it. Bayern sat back and everyone expected extra time, I wonder how many had left the stadium or even gone to make a cup of tea missed that Solskjaer goal, no-one expected another quickfire goal, it was just fate, it had to happen, that was the way Utd played. They'd turned around so many games in injury time its common folklore. I actually felt sorry for Germans that night, but only for around 30 seconds, they were in total shock. The image of Kuffour punching the ground and grown men crying, Lotthar Matthaus one of the greatest midfielders of modern times sat on the bench having just come off and supposedly done his job was sat there motionless totally gobsmacked. I was 125 richer and jumping round the room, not a lot of cash but not bad from a 1 bet. That's how I remember it !!!

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