Xabi Alonso and the 22 Players to Be Suspended for a Champions League Final

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Xabi Alonso and the 22 Players to Be Suspended for a Champions League Final
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The list of players who have missed Champions League finals through suspension includes some of the biggest names in world football from the past two decades.

When he takes his place in the stands to watch Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid in Lisbon later this month, Xabi Alonso will grow that list to 22—the result of an accumulation of bookings that culminated in Tuesday's foul on Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The following slideshow will take a chronological look at suspensions going into the biggest match on the European football calendar during the Champions League era, beginning with the 1994 final between AC Milan and Barcelona.

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