UEFA Champions League: Charting Sir Alex Ferguson's European Career, Part 1

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UEFA Champions League: Charting Sir Alex Ferguson's European Career, Part 1
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The following article will display through word and video the career of Alex Ferguson on his European excursions. Alex Ferguson's Manchester United side, in vanquishing Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Champions League recently, have now made it to their seventh semifinals under the tenure of the wily Scot.

During these seven semifinal appearances, there have actually been more disappointments than triumphs with United having been defeated in four of these semis and of course progressing from three. The finals have yielded two trophies, one in 1999 in the miraculous victory in the final minutes of the match against Bayern Munich at Barcelona's Nou Camp, the other against Chelsea in 2008 when they managed to win on penalty kicks in Moscow.

The following slideshow will chart Ferguson's rise from managerial obscurity in European competition, from his first attempts at European success with Aberdeen, and subsequent triumphs. To his failures in the nineties and his triumph at the end of that decade, to the teams victory in Moscow over Chelsea and the now yearly assault at the top prize in European football.

Ferguson has managed to make Manchester United one of the most recognized teams in the world of sport, thanks to the way he has transformed United into one of the most successful teams in English sporting history and a big player in European competition every year they compete. In fact, United currently hold the record for consecutive appearances in the UEFA Champions League, with fifteen consecutive participation's since 1996 to the present day.

Ferguson has turned United into a European monster, always there or thereabouts, with a big squad and excellent resources, and players capable of turning matches in the blink of an eye, or the sweep of a television camera.

This slide show will attempt to chart the progress that has been made by Ferguson in his years as a competitor in Europe's most prestigious footballing competition.  

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