5 Ligue 1 Clubs Playing in the Champions League Final
Netgenz - Netizen buzz Sport | As one of the great rivalries in Europe, Ligue 1 is actively sending its team to compete in the Champions League. However, they are less competitive when it comes to winning titles.
During the 66 events since the first season (1955/1956) until now, there have only been seven finals that included teams from Ligue 1. It was carried out by five teams and only one of them managed to become champions. Which club is it?
Here are 5 Ligue 1 Clubs Playing in the Champions League Final
1. Stade de Reims
Stade de Reims is one of the Ligue 1 clubs to have played in two Champions League finals. First, in the first edition (1955/1956), they lost to Real Madrid with a score of 4-3 in a match held at the stadium in their country, Parc des Princes.
Then in 1958/1959, Reims met Los Blancos again in the final and achieved a similar final result. This time, they lost with a score of 2-0 in a match held in Stuttgart, Germany. For the record, Real Madrid was leading at that time by winning it 5 times in a row (1956-1960).
In the 1975/1976 season, Saint-Etienne successfully slid into the final and met Bayern Munich. They lost 1-0 in a match held at Hampden Park, Scotland.
Like Madrid, Munich is in the lead because of this title as its 3rd consecutive acquisition (1974-1976). In the semi-final which ran over two legs, Saint-Etienne managed to beat PSV Eindhoven 1-0 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Munich beat Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate. For the record, in Ligue 1 itself, Saint-Etienne successfully won this season.
3. Olympique Marseille
Olympique Marseille is a Ligue 1 team other than Reims who can play in the Champions League final twice. The difference is that one of them was successful in winning. It happened in the 1992/1993 season when they beat AC Milan with a score of 1-0 at the Olympiastadion, Germany.
However, the title of a champion cannot be separated from the pros and cons. They can be proven to have bribed when they played against Valenciennes in the league four days ago. The point is to get the best conditions for that final, including making sure the players are free from injury.
Another final that Marseille had played in the previous two seasons (1990/1991). They lost to Crvena Zvezda on penalties after drawing 0-0 in normal sets. The match itself was held at San Nicola Phase, Italy.
4. AS Monaco
The 2003/2004 season final which was held at the AufSchalke venue, Germany, faced two dark horses, namely AS Monaco and FC Porto. The team from Portugal managed to come out as champions with a score of 3-0. Goals were scored by Carlos Alberto (39'), Deco (71'), and Dmitri Alenichev (75').
Apart from Deco, Porto was occupied by several quality players who two months later succeeded in bringing Portugal to the European Cup final, namely Paulo Ferreira, Costinha, Nuno Valente, Ricardo Carvalho, and Maniche. At that time they were coached by Jose Mourinho.
As for AS Monaco, several names are no less good, such as Fernando Morientes, Hugo Ibarra (who was on loan from Porto that season), Patrice Evra, and Ludovic Giuly. They were coached by Marseille captain as champion in 1992/1993 above, Didier Deschamps.
5. Paris Saint-Germain
The last team is Paris Saint-Germain, which successfully slid to the final in the 2019/2020 season yesterday. It is known, in a match that was held behind closed doors due to Covid-19 at the Estadio do SL Benfica, Portugal. In this match, PSG lost to Bayern Munich with a score of 1-0.
Tragically, the only goal was created by their own former high school player, Kingsley Coman, in the 59th minute. For Munich, this title completes the treble they successfully achieved with their coach at the time, Hansi Flick.
In the 2021/2022 season, which has reached this quarter-final set, there is no team from Ligue 1 still available. With the best quality players and financial support, PSG is clearly targeting themselves to return to the final and win it next season.