FC Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will take on the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Saturday, May 22 in the final of the UEFA Champions League.
This titanic European clash, which is considered to be the biggest match before the start of the 2010 World Cup, is eagerly anticipated by millions across the entire planet.
For interested soccer analysts and gamblers, it will be important to bet wisely and find which team between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich will lift the 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League trophy in Madrid, Spain’s capital.
Is football a game where teams, players, and matches are used to reach major goals of a great plan designed by elites and hidden from the public? Are scores unpredictable or are they already settled for specific purposes, but then later uncovered through battles? Is there a formula to make accurate predictions?
Almost everyone, if not all pundits, analysts, and gamblers believe that football results cannot be predicted through arithmetic and calculations.
But perhaps, in truth, there is a chemistry that leads to each team’s destiny in each competition. And maybe that chemistry can only be nullified by the fact that nothing is impossible in football.
Either way, the recent history of the UEFA Champions League makes us wonder if there is, in fact, a way to predict at least the name of the tournament’s winning team if not the complete score line.
“Whoever gets defeated by the eventual winner in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League comes back the following year to steal the crown.”
How true is this prophetic enigma which I discovered after making interesting analysis?
2005-2006: The season which preceded the 2006 World Cup in Germany saw Barcelona winning the Champions League. In the semis of the competition, they had defeated AC Milan 1-0 on aggregate to reach the final.
2006-2007: AC Milan bounced back to lift the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League trophy as the flag of Italy (who won the 2006 World Cup) kept flying high. Note that the Rossoneri were beaten by eventual champions Barcelona in the semifinals of the Champions League a year before.
2007-2008: Manchester United were crowned UEFA Champions League winners at the end of that particular season. Coincidentally, they had suffered a semi-final exit against AC Milan during the 2006-2007 campaign.
2008-2009: Hard to forget, easy to tell. Barcelona won the competition in Rome and had the sweetest of revenges on Manchester United, who had defeated them 1-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the 2007-2008 European season.
2009-2010: What happens this year?
Who lost in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League last season against eventual winners Barcelona?
The answer is simple: Chelsea.
Now the Blues are out of Europe since March and we therefore understand that they will not be able to work out the enigma like AC Milan, Manchester United, and Barcelona all did. So does it mean that the formula, which has been working since the past four years, has been nullified?
Well, it may be a mistake to think that it won’t work this year. The fact is that Jose Mourinho carries Chelsea’s fingerprints and Inter Milan are piloted by Jose Mourinho. In other words, Inter Milan are carrying Chelsea’s spirit and Inter Milan are in the final of the UEFA Champions League with a good chance of winning the title.
Before going further into analysis, it will be vital to explain what makes it sound right to think that through Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan have taken Chelsea’s task of fulfilling the prophetic enigma by becoming Chelsea in disguise.
Anyone can easily remember how Barcelona controversially forced their way against Chelsea in the semis to reach the final of the Champions League in Rome last year.
It let the Blues feel robbed by the Spanish team and Thomas Henning Ovrebo, the referee that day. They vowed to return stronger at their next attempt, which actually meant this year.
But on the road this time around, Chelsea met former boss Jose Mourinho and an arguably better team than theirs, Inter Milan. Chelsea lost both home and away, mainly because they always looked second best and because several officiating decisions controversially went against them.
Salomon Kalou’s obvious appeal for a penalty at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium can appear as a clear proof of the controversy that surrounded the last 16 tie between Inter Milan and Chelsea.
Surprisingly though, Chelsea accepted their fate without portraying Jose Mourinho as an “arrogant cheat” all over the papers. In other words, they didn’t curse the former Blues manager.
So briefly, this is how Inter Milan came to meet Barcelona in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
For Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan’s defeat of the Catalans in Italy wasn’t only a victory for the Nerazzurri but also for his former Chelsea players whom he called “my Chelsea players” in the post match interview.
The entire story here was that Barcelona actually complained about the Portuguese referee’s biased judgments during the game which apparently helped Inter Milan beat the Blaugrana 3-1 in the first leg of the tie. Diego Milito’s offside goal gave Barcelona even more reason to complain.
Sarcastically though, Jose Mourinho recalled how the Catalans had robbed the Blues through referee Thomas Henning Ovrebo last season. Mourinho said in a post-match statement:
"I saw Barcelona’s players trying to put pressure on the referee. My only comment was that their players have short memories. But ‘my Chelsea players’ last season were complaining after an historically bad refereeing performance by Ovrebo.”
This statement clearly showed Jose Mourinho’s present love and care for Chelsea (at least for the club’s players). In other words, it revealed that his ability to defeat Barcelona was also boosted by his drive to make justice for his former beloved club, Chelsea.
In truth, the Blues might not have been able to see out their Spanish rivals Barcelona like Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan did in the semis to reach the final of the Champions League in Madrid. Such a debatable belief reveals that through former Blues coach Jose Mourinho, who guided Inter Milan to victory against Chelsea, the Nerrazzurri received Chelsea’s spirit.
In conclusion, Inter are now destined to fulfill the prophecy of the secret formula which explains that Chelsea should in fact be 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League winners.
Is it a coincidence that Inter Milan (coached by ex-Blues boss Mourinho) defeated Chelsea (the team that should win the title according to the formula) before overcoming Barcelona (against whom Chelsea dreamt of taking revenge) to reach the final and therefore stand a great chance of clinching the 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League trophy?
Well, by beating Chelsea, Inter Milan have actually become responsible for accomplishing the Blues’ task. Now if Inter Milan are Chelsea, does it automatically mean that the Nerazzurri will lift this year’s European title?
There’s certainly room for upsets to occur in the world of football.
There is one old story about Italy and Germany that should give Bayern Munich extra motivation to beat Inter Milan and win the trophy in Madrid.
RFI (a French radio station) made a funny, although interesting, coverage ahead of the 2006 World Cup semi-final match between Italy and hosts Germany.
In that coverage, Italian fans proudly revealed why they felt the Azzurri would definitely reach the final and eventually win the tournament.
Their strange explanation went as follows:
“Facing the country from which the then-Pope comes in the semi-finals of a World Cup brings luck to Italy.”
The reason behind this idea relates back to what happened during the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. Polish Pope John Paul II was the then-ruler in the Vatican in Italy and the Azzurri met Poland in the semi-finals. Italy beat Poland before ultimately clinching the World Cup trophy.
Now history repeated itself in the 2006 World Cup. In the semi-finals of the tournament, Italy met and defeated Germany, the country of current and then-Pope Benedict XVI. They fulfilled the prophetic enigma by lifting the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Based on this perspective, why won’t there finally be a German revenge against the Italians for current Pope Benedict XVI, who is a self-confessed Bayern Munich supporter?
Some readers may not want to believe what has just been written about the two Popes' strong relations with the game of football.
Here are excerpts of an article that featured on CNN.com in January 2008 and which confirms this issue:
“The comments are not the first foray by the Bavarian-born pope -- reputedly a Bayern Munich supporter -- into Italian football. […]Pope Benedict XVI's predecessor, Pope John Paul II, was also a keen football fan, reportedly playing in goal during his youth in Poland.”
The UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, which will be staged at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, appears to be much more than just an exciting European final.
After a few researches and some good reasoning which most readers across the world will judge to be purely ridiculous, I found nine strange facts in history related to this game.
1) Italy beat Poland (Pope John Paul II’s native country) 2-0 in the semi-finals of the 1982 World Cup hosted by Spain.
2) Italy beat Germany (Pope Benedict XVI’s native country) 2-0 (same score line as in 1982) in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup.
3) Italy advanced to the final of the 1982 World Cup after triumphing at the Camp Nou in Barcelona in the semi-finals. The final was against West Germany in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
4) Inter Milan (representing Italy) advanced to the 2010 UEFA Champions League final after triumphing at the Camp Nou in Barcelona in the semis. The final is against Germany's Bayern Munich in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
5) Italy triumphed against Poland in Barcelona at the semi-finals of the 1982 World Cup. Italy and Poland had earlier met in the competition as they were drawn in the same group. Playing as the home side, Italy drew 0-0 against Poland.
6) Inter Milan (representing Italy) triumphed in Barcelona against the Blaugrana in the semi-finals of the 2010 UEFA Champions League. Inter Milan and Barcelona had earlier met in the competition as they were drawn in the same group. Playing as the home side at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Italy, Italy drew 0-0 against Barcelona.
7) West Germany defeated France in the semi-finals of the 1982 FIFA World Cup ahead of the final against Italy at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.
8) German side Bayern Munich defeated French side Lyon in the semi-finals of the 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League ahead of the final against Italy’s Inter Milan at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.
9) Italy won their third World Cup title in 1982 in Madrid, Spain. According to the formula, Inter Milan should win their third UEFA Champions League title in 2010 in Madrid.
Is it a pure coincidence that reality has created a link between Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Italy, Germany, Poland, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, the 2010 Champions League final in Spain, Barcelona, Madrid, Camp Nou, and the Santiago Bernabeu?
It looks like the stage has been set for Inter Milan to lift the 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League trophy at the expense of German side Bayern Munich.
History and numbers have favored Italy’s Inter Milan to win the 2010 UEFA Champions League trophy.
At least the facts above confirmed that.
However, as there is always an end to everything, anything could happen in Madrid on May 22.
But the score lines that are likely to appear between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich are these: 2-0, 3-1, 1-1 (and a two-goal margin win after extra-time or penalties).
Inter Milan is poised to win in any of these cases. Why beat about the bush?
Let’s make our predictions around previous score lines in relevant matches related to Italy and West Germany.
1) It seems like Bayern Munich will have no chance of winning the game within 90 minutes of football if Inter Milan score first. Why?
Let’s look back into history. The 1982 World Cup is the one that comprises facts identical to Inter Milan’s 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League campaign.
Italy defeated West Germany 3-1 in 90 minutes of football. Rossi broke the deadlock for the Italians after 57 minutes. Tardelli and Altobelli widened the margin before Breitner scored a consolation goal seven minutes from time for West Germany. Once again, a 2-0 margin win and there we go with the 3-1 score line.
2) Should Bayern Munich score first, but fail to prevent the match from going into extra time, then Inter Milan will win the 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League title in Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu. Why?
There are only two teams that scored first against Italy in a final of a World Cup. Coincidentally, these two teams ended up losing after failing to win during 90 minutes of football.
Note that in the final of the 1994 World Cup, which Italy lost to Brazil, there was no goal after 120 minutes of football. Either way, Brazil didn’t score first in the penalty shoot-outs. It was Italy through Albertini’s penalty kick.
Also, note that in the 1970 World Cup final, which Italy lost, Brazil scored first through Pele. But the difference is that the game didn’t go into extra-time. Brazil succeeded in winning the game during 90 minutes of football.
So let’s look at the two teams that scored first, then failed to win in normal time, and ultimately lost the entire final to Italy.
1934 World Cup final:
Czechoslovakia broke the deadlock inside the 75th minute of the game. Surprisingly, Italy replied with Orsi’s 81st minute goal which sent the match into extra time. Schiavio finally completed Italy’s comeback with a 95th minute winner to offer the Azzurri their first ever World Cup trophy.
2006 World Cup final:
France broke the deadlock through an early penalty goal from Zinedine Zidane. Italy didn’t give up and Materazzi equalized with a first half goal. No further goals changed the score board and the game had to go into extra time. On penalties, Italy defeated France 5-3 to claim their fourth and last World Cup trophy as of now.
The only way Bayern Munich may win the Champions League title if the game goes to a penalty shoot-out is if they emulate Brazil’s winning ways in the 1994 World Cup final by not scoring the first spot-kick of the shoot-out.
Take these analyses into considerations and let’s see what the 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League final will bring. However, impossible is nothing in football.
Therefore, play makers such as Schneider, Arjen Robben, or anyone else could change the course of the norm for Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Go ahead—share your opinion and predict too!
(Many thanks to my brother Isaac Asante who is also on Bleacher Report for creating the lead slide and last slide picture through four different pictures: Bayern Munich Logo, Inter Milan Logo, German flag, Italian flag, and the 2010 UEFA Champions League final ticket)