The Champions League, one of the most
prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition
in European football, returned on Tuesday night with a loud bang. Two
heavyweights of European football, PSG and Chelsea, faced off in Paris with
some of the world’s best players on parade.
Cavani both got the goals that edged the Parisians past their English guests.
But it was John Obi Mikel who had an unforgettable night scoring a vital away
goal for the impressive Blues.
decisive part in the Champions League. SoccerNet Nigeria presents you the top 5
unforgettable nights for Nigerians in the Champions League.
Daniel Amokachi’s historic goal for Club Brugge
African Nations Cup and it was no surprise when he made the switch to Club
Brugge in Belgium.
European Cup with the name changed to the Champions League and the Belgian champions had made it to the group stages.
Marseille and Scottish champions Rangers, were to face CSKA Moscow in the
group’s opening match.
history books and he seized the opportunity.
his pace to get past the goalkeeper and smash the ball into an empty net, securing
a 1–0 win over the Russians.
to score in the UEFA Champions League.
Kanu and Finidi lift the trophy with
Final, no other Nigerian had ever appeared at the final stage of the competition.
The only time any Nigerian had come close to anything that compared to that
grand stage was when Stephen Keshi was on the losing end of the 1990 European Cup
Kanu and George Finidi, helping the Dutch champions coached by a certain Louis
Van Gaal to only their fourth European triumph.
played all 90 minutes while Kanu was introduced into the game for Clarence
Seedorf seven minutes into the second half.
Kluivert who would break Italian hearts with an 85th minute goal.
whistle were wild and magical and made even more beautiful by the fact that two
Nigerians made it possible.
Finidi and Kanu again in the 1996 Final
again in the final having sent home the likes of Real Madrid, Borussia
Dortmund, and Panathinaikos. Kanu had established himself as a first team
starter ahead of Patrick Kluivert, and his partnership with top goalscorer
Jari Litmanen had grown to be one of the most feared in Europe.
was waiting in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Scores stood at one-all after extra
time, Litmanen having cancelled out Ravanelli’s opener. But it was Juventus who
were more decisive at the penalties as first Edgar Davies, and then Silooy
missed their kicks for Ajax.
Kanu and Finidi suffered heartbreak at the last hurdle.
Obafemi Martins ran riot against Arsenal
challenge for the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League with a stunning 3-0 victory at
Highbury against highly rated Arsenal FC with tremendous help from a certain Nigerian teenager.
with Obafemi Martins at the heart of everything good in the Italian’s attack.
for strike-partner Julio Cruz to open the scoring with a nicely executed finish
before Van der Meyde struck a superb volley to make it 0-2.
final say, though. After collecting a disguised pass from Emre Belözoglu, the
teenager held off the challenge of Sol Campbell to fire the ball past Jens
Lehmann in Arsenal goal.
finest performances in Europe.
Mikel Obi conquers Europe with Chelsea
Nigerian had such an impact on the final of the UEFA Champions League as John
Obi Mikel in Chelsea’s title winning 2011/12 campaign.
the English team who faced a Bayern Munich side that had knocked out favourites
Real Madrid in the semi-final. The Blues had achieved their own giant-killing
feat by upsetting Barcelona in the semi-finals but a poor league form and the
fact that the final was to be played at the Football Arena Munich, home ground
of their final foes, suggested that the momentum was with the German champions.
all game for Chelsea as they claimed the European title for the first time in
lead and just as Munich was preparing to celebrate, Drogba brought
Chelsea level. The Londoners went on to prevail on penalties.
among the winners of the UEFA Champions League.