Bayern Munich and German international legend Franz Beckenbauer has always said he lives life with "no regrets."
An admirable sentiment, if he truly can apply it.
Because watching Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger slump to the turf, crestfallen, after missing the decisive penalty kick in the shootout, made you feel certain that the German No. 31 will look back upon this day with disdain.
It was a thoroughly encapsulating final, this 2012 edition, perhaps most because it was underwhelming for so long.
Then, when two goals of such terrific quality were scored (Thomas Muller for Bayern and the incomparable Didier Drogba for Chelsea), before Arjen Robben's penalty miss in regular time, the game seemed destined for an unforgettable finish.
Which is exactly what happened. Here are 10 of the most unforgettable moments from a final that won't soon be forgotten.