ANDhe real Madrid he has done it again. And they go 17 times. The white team is once again in the European Cup final, something that in its history begins to have the word normal next to it. They are six times more than the finals played by the two teams that follow him in the record of the European Cup: Milan (seven titles and four losses) and bayern (six and five).
It will be the fourth time that Madrid has played the final in Paris. On the banks of the Seine won the First (1956), lost that of 1981 (against the same rival that he will have in 24 days, the Liverpool), -those two were played in the Parque de los Prncipes- and conquered the Eighth (in Saint-Denis, with Valencia as a rival).
So were the previous 16.
1- 13-6-1956. Real Madrid 4-Stade de Reims 3
Double comeback, as if it were a harbinger of what was going to be the history of the white team in a competition that in Paris began to sew its legend. Losing 2-0 after 10 minutes, they got up to equalize with goals from Di Stfano and Rial before the break. And it was seen again below the scoreboard. In 12 minutes, from 67 to 79, Marquitos and Don Alfredo turned the score around, although there was still the scare of a French shot off the post with time expired. The First was going to Madrid.
2- 30-5-1957 Real Madrid 2-Fiorentina 0
After getting a good scare in the first round, including a playoff against Rapid and the famous Santiago in Vienna, Madrid successfully defended the title in what is the only European Cup won at home. After 70 intense minutes, Di Stfano scored from a penalty and Paco Gento closed the party in Chamartn.
3- 28-5-1958. Real Madrid 3-Milan 2
Same day as this year. And another house brand comeback. It is even more agonized than in Paris. After arriving 0-0 at the 59th minute in Heysel, Madrid found themselves down twice against Milan. He equalized both and in extra time, at 110 minutes, Gento galloped to stay against Soldan and hit the ball over the goal rossonero. The King of Belgium, Alberto III, presented the trophy to the madridistas. Three out of three.
4- 3-6-1959 Real Madrid 2-Stade de Reims 0
In Stuttgart the first final was repeated. Madrid arrived after needing a playoff in the semifinals against Atltico de Madrid, Zaragoza being resolved. With Kopa on his side this time, a goal by Mateos in the first minute and another by Di Stfano just after the break resolved a comfortable final for Madrid. Luis Carniglia was able to be in the final after missing the quarterfinals due to an operation, matches directed by Miguel Muoz.
May 18, 1960. Real Madrid 7-Eintracht 3
Glasgow was the scene of the biggest end of cycle seen in the history of the European Cup. La Quinta is a legendary game, with 10 goals and another final in which Madrid started losing when Kress scored 0-1 after 18 minutes. Three goals from Di Stfano and four from Puskas closed the circle. “I scored four, but you don’t know how many I failed”, Di Stfano joked with MARCA many years later, remembering little cannon.
6- 2-5-1962 Real Madrid 3-Benfica 5
The first of three defeats in finals. After a year’s absence from their favorite game, Madrid took the lead twice in Amsterdam: 0-2 and 2-3. But this time he suffered his own medicine against the best Benfica in history and an unleashed Eusebio. It was the first European final for Miguel Muoz as coach.
7- 5-27-1964 Real Madrid 1-Inter 2
Inter opened the best cycle in its history against Madrid, which they would complete a year later against Benfica at the San Siro. At the Prater in Vienna, the team of Helenio Herrera and Luis Surez showed that it was the most powerful in Europe. Madrid wanted to go ahead with Felo’s goal, but Inter closed in the end with Mazzola’s second goal.
8- 11-5-1966 Real Madrid 2-Partizan 1
Madrid rejuvenated and baptized as yy took on Inter in the semis. Having been European champions for the last two seasons, the Whites, historically, started out as slightly favorites against Partizan, who were leading Eastern Europe to their first final. In the 55th minute, Vasovic made it 0-1. But opposite was the team of comebacks in the finals. The goals of Amancio and Serena gave the Sixth to Madrid. It is the only European Cup with Muoz as coach, beyond his fleeting stint in 1960. And it was the sixth for the man who has won the most: Don Francisco Gento.
9- 5-27-1981 Real Madrid 0-Liverpool 1
After 16 years, Madrid returned to the European Cup final. It was in Paris against an exuberant Liverpool that dominated the match. “It’s that they were better,” recalls Santillana when talking about that game. “But Jose’s…” Jose’s is Camacho’s, who played midfield to mark Souness, who with 0-0 faced Clemence at the start of the second half alone, but his Vaseline went high . Then, with 8 minutes to go, a kick into the air by Garca Corts gave Alan Kennedy the lead. And Penshaw’s lefty burst the ball and Agustin’s nets. Madrid lost the final… something that has never happened again.
10- 9-20-1998 Real Madrid 1-Juventus 0
“The most special of all,” assures a Vicente del Bosque who does not forget the tears in Amsterdam of longtime employees of the club. A team at open war with their manager, Henyckes, was planted in the final after the famous shot down game against Borussia Dortmund. Against Zidane’s Juve, Pedja Mijatovic’s goal in the 66th minute became one of the most celebrated in Real Madrid’s history. The European Cup returns home. Among the 13, the Seventh has a privileged place.
11-24-5-2000. Real Madrid 3-Valencia 0
In a season in which relegation was even seen up close, Del Bosque redirected the ship to take it to the final in Pars, this time in Saint-Denis. The truth is that there was hardly any final as such because Madrid passed over a Valencia that had the world amazed. Morientes, McManaman and Ral scored. Lorenzo Sanz celebrated it by dancing the Macarena. I couldn’t imagine that the Eighth was going to be able to do anything against Florentino and the signing of Luis Figo.
12-15-5-2002. Real Madrid 2-Bayer Leverkusen 1
The Ninth arrived at the Fifth’s house, Hamden Park. Zidane’s great goal is a trademark of the house, one of the masterpieces in the history of the Champions League. That day Madrid suffered a lot against the only European Cup finalist who was never League champion. The German final avalanche collided with a heroic Casillas who happened to be a substitute and jumped onto the field when César was injured.
13-24-5-2014. Real Madrid 4-Atletico Madrid 1
It is not a winning goal, but as if it were. Sergio Ramos’ header in Lisbon is on a par with Gento’s goal against Milan or Mijatovic’s against Juve. It is the Ramos final, the one with the header that took the game to extra time and the final thrashing. After the trauma of the round of 16 and the semifinals with Mourinho, Madrid were once again European champions. It was the tenth.
14- 5-28-2016 Real Madrid 1 (5)- Atlético de Madrid 1 (3)
The only one won by Madrid in the penalty shootout. Two years later, the Madrid derby was repeated. In Milan, a cursed city for Madrid until 2020 in its matches against teams from the Lombard capital, the match went to the most agonizing solution that exists. Zidane’s team scored on all five of their shots; Juanfran’s went to the wood. The 11 appeared in the accounts of the Madrid Champions.
15- 3-6-2017. Real Madrid 4-Juventus 1
Since 1990, Milan, no one has won two Champions Leagues in a row. It had to be Madrid that would break that curse. In Cardiff, after an even first half (1-1), the second turned into a white gale with Cristiano as the big scorer. That was, by far, Zidane’s best Madrid, the one that could take out two teams without hardly changing anything.
17. 5-26-2018 Real Madrid 3-Liverpool 1
The same as this year and 1981. If two in a row was difficult, three… But Madrid did it. After resisting heroically at home against Bayern in the semifinals, in today’s bloody and attacked kyiv, Madrid won a game without goals until the break. Later, Benzema left Karius in diapers, Man equalized, Bale came out and Gals flew him to score a monumental Chilean and then take out a whiplash that left the Liverpool goal even worse. After the game, in full celebration, Cristiano announced his goodbye… Bale almost the same. Since then, Liverpool has been crying out for revenge with Salah’s injury in action with Ramos as the standard.