Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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…in Istanbul, we won it five times. 

Liverpool FC have since won the European Cup a sixth time. 

But tomorrow’s Champions League home date with AC Milan can’t help but bring to mind the greatest football match ever played. (If you think otherwise, you’re wrong.)

May 25, 2005. Istanbul, Turkey. European Cup/Champions League final. Liverpool FC vs. AC Milan.

AC Milan led 3-nil at half. Dead and buried, right? Wrong.

Liverpool FC exploded for three goals in six minutes, tying the score 3-3 in the 60th minute. LFC goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek made an incredible double save in extra time. Liverpool FC win 3-2 on penalties. Dudek stopped Andriy Shevchenko to end it. 

Every sort of drama occurred. I remember every second. 

LFC captain Steven Gerrard – who trails only Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby when it comes to athletes I revere – put together an absolutely historic combination of performance and leadership. I don’t plan to be buried with too much sentimental rubbish cluttering my coffin, but my framed photo of Gerrard lifting that European Cup has a chance to make the cut. 

That game is one of my very favorite and most important moments ever, sporting or otherwise. It was epic. 

Know what else would be epic?

Winning a seventh European Cup. It all starts tomorrow. #LFC #YNWA 

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