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Champions League Final > Did you know? May 22, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Football.

· Carlo Ancelotti’s hobby is the cinema and his favourite film The Deer Hunter or Il Cacciatore.

· Alessandro Costacurta is married to Martina, a former Miss Italy. Paolo Maldini’s wife, Adriana, is merely a former model.

· Spain’s record of 11 European Cup wins will be equalled in Athens. Italy and England have both had 10 previous victories.

· Milan are the only side to have won two finals against the same opponents – Benfica 1963 & 1990.

· Arthur Ellis, who appeared alongside Stuart Hall and Eddie Waring on It’s A Knockout, refereed the first final in 1956.

· Peter McDonnell was Liverpool’s reserve goalkeeper in the 1977 final and won a medal without ever playing a first-team game for the club.

· Jamie Carragher appeared in the Liverpool band Just 3’s 2005 video for Stand Tall which was directed by Samantha Janus.

· Milan is the only city to have provided two winners of the competition – Milan and Internazionale.

· Jimmy Rimmer is the only English player to have won European Cup winners medals with two different clubs – Manchester United in 1968 and Aston Villa in 1982.

Spotter’s Guide >

· Look out for … a glassy-eyed Steve Rider saying “Welcome to the Greek capital Athens, where tonight Liverpool will be hoping to leave bearing the greatest gift of all – the Champions League trophy”.

· Players on both sides leaping up and down on the spot and doing stuttery steps at conclusion of pre-match Champions League anthem.

· Lingering close-up of attractive Italian woman with red and black face paint twirling a scarf. “A wonderful spectacle inside the Olympic Stadium,” says Clive Tyldesley.

· Rafael BenÍtez doing fingers-tied-together gesture followed by frantic impression of man casting fly-fishing rod.

· Carlo Ancelotti seen with his left eyebrow higher than his right.

· Chorus of You’ll Never Walk Alone with close-up of man with moustache in retro red shirt covered in vintage LFC badges and holding up cardboard replica of trophy.

· Steven Gerrard and Gennaro Gattuso making big show of picking each other up after heavy challenge. “No quarter asked, none given,” says Martin Tyler on Sky.

· Clive Tyldesley purring about “that magical night in Barcelona eight years ago when English football dared to dream the impossible”.

· Jubliant transfer-listed third-string goalkeeper in club suit positioning himself at centre of post-match bobbing huddle.

· Player performing inappropriately sexual lambada-style dance around trophy on podium while victorious team waits for presentation.

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