“The success of Jürgen Klopp The European final rate is 20% (P5 W1, L4), “ note James Smith. “Is there a manager with a worse record who has played in the same number of European finals?”
Yes, the answer is short – but the Liverpool manager is in a good position with one recent win in the Champions League out of four. And remember, you have to reach a lot of finals in the head to be accounted for. To Dirk Maas: “Klopp equaled Marcello Lippi’s experience with Juventus in the 1990s and 2000s. Meanwhile, Arsène Wenger and Héctor Cúper, from their three finals in a major club competition. left Uefa empty.
Wenger is the club’s 0%: the only coach to lose a final in all three traditional UEFA tournaments: the Cup Winners’ Cup with Monaco (1992, loss to Werder Bremen) and with Arsenal, the Champions League (2006, to Barcelona). lost) and the Uefa Cup (2000, lost to Galatasaray). As for Cúper, he lost the last Champions League final to Valencia in 2000 and 2001, respectively, to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. The Argentine also lost to Real Mallorca in the 1999 Copa del Rey final, after losing 2-1 to Lazio in the semi-final.
Dirk could add eight other executives who lost both of their top UEFA finals – with some familiar names, and some lesser known ones:
Albert Batteaux (Reims, European Cup 1956 and 1959)
Scot Symon (Rangers, Cup Winners’ Cup 1961 and 1967)
Cestmir Vycpalek (Juventus, Fairs Cup 1971 and EC 1973)
Georg Kessler (AZ Alkmaar, Uefa Cup 1981; Cologne, UC 1986)
Otto Baric (Rapid Vienna, CWC 1985; Salzburg, UC 1994)
Roy Hodgson (Inter, UC 1997; Fulham, Europa League 2010)
Jorge Jesus (Benfica, EL 2013 and 2014)
Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus, CL 2015 and 2017)
Never too late
“Who was the oldest player to sign for the first time by the club he supported as a child?” Bevan McCabe tweeted.
“Steve Claridge joined Portsmouth at the age of 32,” says Edward Reynolds. “He became a managing director in 2000 at the age of 34, so he could be one of the youngest managers to lead his city club.”
Chris Charlton-Matthews writes: “I present Chris Waddle, Sunderland’s boyfriend, who signed the Black Cats in March 1997 at the age of 36 years and three months.” “He played seven games and scored every goal that Sunderland scored in the rest of the season, scoring a free kick in the last game at Roker Park. Unfortunately it is still not enough for us to stay on our feet, but it is a privilege to be. watch a teacher at work.
Richard Powell presents Paul Jones: “He was 36 years and eight months old when he signed an emergency loan deal with Liverpool in January 2004. In fact, the Wales lawyer took a chance when he received a phone call from Gérard Houllier. Jones said in 2020: “He was just stupid.” In the end, it was two – but he took a clean sheet at Anfield in a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
There are also two Manchester United defenders that are worth mentioning. Tom Heaton made his first team debut in December 2021 at the age of 35 as a substitute, having played for the academy for the first time in 14 years. in November 2019, at 36 years and 10 months “realizing a youthful dream”.
But wait – Jack Hart has an even older competition outside. “Teddy Sheringham signed with West Ham in 2004, at 38 years and three months.” The veteran player scored 21 Champions League goals to help Hammers return to the top flight. “To be able to have a chance to play for my youth club, even though I probably went through my best – I was very happy to do that,” he said.
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Only continental trophies
“Tammy Abraham has won the Champions League, the Super Cup and the Europa League, but there is no top-level domestic team.that one,” notes Rob Lawshaw. “Which player has the most continental titles without a home?
“Abraham joins Juan Mata (one Champions League, two Europa Leagues), Dino Baggio (three UEFA Cups) and Coke (three Europa Leagues),” writes Chai from Atlanta. “Two players to take this achievement a step further. Spanish midfielder Vicente Iborra, part of Sevilla’s three consecutive Europa Leagues from 2013-16, again won the trophy with Villarreal. Meanwhile, Argentine midfielder Iver Banega “He won the Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors before winning three Europa Leagues with Sevilla. However, both players have not yet won the domestic league.”
However, if we are looking at players who have won three wekdin continental trophies without an internal top title, we can only think of Steven Gerrard (Champions League, UEFA Cup, Super Cup) as a friend to Abraham’s victory. If we destroy it on continental and never domestic trophies (FA Cup, League Cup, Coppa Italia etc.) then Ibrahim may be alone.
Last week, we added Nigel Spink to our list of recent Cup debuts. Tim Hoult (and others) got in touch to confirm that Aston Villa’s biggest night was really the young defender. second appearance for the club. “He first started on Boxing Day 1979 and scored two goals in a defeat against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest, which was then European champions.” Spink had to wait another two and a half years for a second chance, in the 1982 European Cup final.
“Have men and women ever been sent to the same match?” Steve Turner became interested in 2010.
There really are. In December 1999 Bristol Rovers played in the South-West Women’s Combined League against Oxford United. In the middle of the match an Oxford player appeared to concede the goal, but the referee was unhappy. Mandy Gornicki-Bond protested angrily, and was immediately given a red card, although she insisted that her words were not sent to the authorities.
The decision angered Rovers manager, who was Mandy’s only husband, Bill. Angered by the inaccuracy of perception, he stepped into the field to confront the authorities. Bill, a police officer and a first-class judge, later insisted he had not been assaulted, but he was also sent to the stands.
Can you help?
“Knowing their love for Watford, how long has the Elton John song ever been played on Luton’s Kenilworth Road?” wonders Edward Jones.
“Is Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale the most expensive substitute in the European Cup final not to be used?” Albert asks Vienna.
“Andreas Weimann scored his first Austrian goal against France in 30 years last week,” said Niall McVeigh. “Are there any players who were older when breaking their international cock?”
“Are the Ligue 2 returnees Grimsby the first team to be promoted to the playoffs behind in every game?” Mike Slattery asks.