Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and All 20 Same-Country European Football Finals

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2014

Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and All 20 Same-Country European Football Finals

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    The city of Madrid is eagerly anticipating the final of the 2014 UEFA Champions League, after Atletico clinically dispatched of Chelsea in the semi-finals one day after Real did the same to Bayern Munich.

    It will be the first time in the long history of the European Cup/Champions League that two clubs from the same city have contested the final—but it's the 20th occasion that two teams from the same country meet to challenge for continental honours.

    Here are all the previous such occurrences, taking in four different competitions: the Champions League, the UEFA Cup/Europa League, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

    *There were no same-country finals in the Cup Winners' Cup, which ran from 1961 to 1999.

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid, Champions League 2014

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    Neither Real nor Atleti won Spain's top flight last season, but they look set to be numbers one and two both at home and in Europe this year.

    Real finished top of Group B before seeing off all three German sides: Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

    Atletico were top of Group G and knocked out AC Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea en route to the final.

    The final itself is set to be held in Lisbon, Portugal on May 24.

Real Madrid vs. Valencia, Champions League 2000

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    The first ever European Cup/Champions League final to feature two clubs from the same country also featured Real Madrid and only occurred 14 years ago.

    Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 in the final, with Steve McManaman, Raul and Fernando Morientes all on the scoresheet.

    Valencia also contested and lost the next year's final, too.

AC Milan vs. Juventus, Champions League 2003

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    One of the less-memorable Champions League finals of the past couple of decades was the all-Italian affair at Old Trafford in 2003, when AC Milan beat Juventus on penalties.

    With Pavel Nedved missing through suspension, the game lacked any real invention or excitement, with both sides settling for a 0-0 draw and the shootout the shootout.

    After Juve had missed three of their five kicks, Andriy Shevchenko scored the final spot-kick to help Milan win 3-2.

Manchester United vs. Chelsea, Champions League 2008

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    The mid-to-late 2000s saw English clubs dominate the latter stages of the Champions League, but only once did it result in a same-nation final.

    Chelsea and Manchester United also went to penalties. Chelsea captain John Terry slipped and missed his chance to win the shootout for his side, before Manchester United came back to win 6-5 in sudden death.

    The match had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time.

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund, Champions League Final 2013

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    Last season's Champions League final saw two German sides, Bayern and Dortmund, play at Wembley.

    Both had been the standout teams in the competition for their fast and aggressive styles of play.The game looked as though it would end 1-1 as it moved into the final minutes.

    However, Arjen Robben scored in the 89th minute to gift the cup to Bayern.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, UEFA Cup 1972

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    The first-ever UEFA Cup final was played between two English sides, with Tottenham emerging triumphant over two legs.

    They won the first leg 2-1 at Wolves, with a 1-1 draw at home enough to claim the trophy on aggregate.

    Martin Chivers, pictured, was the Spurs hero who netted both goals at Molineux.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach, UEFA Cup 1980

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    Still as a two-legged tie, the UEFA Cup was fought out between Frankfurt and 'Gladbach in 1980, with plenty of late drama in both fixtures.

    The first leg was 1-1 with 20 minutes to play, before a spate of goals saw the game end 3-2 to 'Gladbach.

    An 81st minute strike in the second leg from substitute Fred Schaub—who had only been on the pitch for four minutes—won the cup for Frankfurt on away goals.

Juventus vs. Fiorentina, UEFA Cup 1990

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    Ten years after the all-German final, Italy began a run which saw teams from the country contest almost every final for a full decade.

    In 1990, Juventus saw off Fiorentina 3-1 in the first leg, with Pierluigi Casiraghi—pictured—scoring the all-important second goal, before a 0-0 draw in Avellino in the return fixture.

    Juve finished a full nine places and 16 points above Fiorentina in that season's Serie A table.

Inter Milan vs. Roma, UEFA Cup 1991

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    A year later, two more Italian sides played off. This time, Internazionale beat AS Roma by a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

    Lothar Matthaus' penalty and another goal from Nicola Berti gave Inter a commanding lead that meant Ruggiero Rizzitelli's late goal in the second leg wasn't enough for a comeback.

    It marked a third successive year in which the UEFA Cup was won by a Serie A team.

Parma vs. Juventus, UEFA Cup 1995

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    It was all Italy again in '95, with Parma and Juventus contesting one of the last two-legged finals before they were discontinued after 1997.

    Dino Baggio was Parma's big hero, scoring the only goal of the first leg and then adding another in the second leg to equalise on the night and give Parma an aggregate 2-1 victory.

    Gianluca Vialli scored Juve's sole strike of the final.

Inter Milan vs. Lazio, UEFA Cup 1998

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    The first UEFA Cup final to be held as a single fixture was yet another all-Italian occasion.

    It also remains the last time either of these two clubs reached the final of the UEFA Cup, and only one other Italian side has done so since: Parma in 1999.

    Inter ran out comfortable 3-0 winners on this occasion, with their South American contingent of Ivan Zamorano, Ronaldo and Javier Zanetti scoring the goals.

Sevilla vs. Espanyol, UEFA Cup 2007

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    It was almost a decade before the next same-nation final, when Sevilla and Espanyol met in 2007.

    Sevilla had won the previous year's final, and they retained their trophy with a penalty shootout victory over their opponents.

    The 90 minutes finished 1-1, extra time ended 2-2 and Espanyol missed three of their four spot kicks, which allowed Sevilla to claim a 3-1 win.

Porto vs. Braga, Europa League 2011

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    By the time the next same-nation meeting occurred, the UEFA Cup had become the Europa League and Portuguese sides Porto and Braga met in the final.

    Braga knocked out fellow Portuguese side Benfica in the semi-finals, as the Iberian nation—nations, technically, as Villarreal were the other semi-finalist—dominated the last four line up.

    Radamel Falcao scored the only goal of the final to give Porto a 1-0 win.

Atletico Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao, Europa League 2012

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    Two years ago, this season's Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid were competing in the final of the Europa League against compatriots Athletic Bilbao.

    A terrific final ended 3-0 to Atleti, with Falcao netting twice in the first half to score in successive Europa League finals for two different teams.

    Diego also scored late on to wrap up the win for a team on the rise.

Valencia vs. Barcelona, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1962

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    Before the organised "second" competition in the form of the UEFA Cup was launched, clubs competed in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, with no initial qualification via league performance necessary.

    The first same-nation final was contested between Spanish sides Valencia and Barcelona, with the former triumphing 7-3 on aggregate thanks to a hefty 6-2 win in their home leg.

    With no footage or images of the final available, this video is actually of the final two years previous, when Barcelona emerged triumphant over Birmingham City.

Real Zaragoza vs. Valencia, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1964

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    The '64 version of the final was played over a single game instead of two legs, with the Spanish dominance of the competition continuing.

    Real Zaragoza beat Valencia 2-1 in the final, the fifth time in six years of the competition where a Spanish side lifted the trophy.

    This time the video is for the following year's final—Ferencvaros beat Juventus 1-0.

Barcelona vs. Real Zaragoza, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1966

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    The Fairs Cup was discontinued in 1971 as the UEFA Cup got up and running, but there was one last same-nation final beforehand when Barcelona met Real Zaragoza in '66.

    Played over two legs again, Zaragoza won 1-0 in Barcelona before Barca went 3-1 up in the second leg. A late equaliser forced extra time, which saw Lluis Pujol score his hat-trick in the last minute of the added period.

    Barca therefore won 4-3 on aggregate.

    The video shows Zaragoza in action in the same year in the Copa del Rey final, which they won 2-0 vs. Athletic Bilbao.

AC Milan vs. Sampdoria, UEFA Super Cup 1990

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    Our final three same-nation finals feature the UEFA Super Cup—the fixture now played between the winners of the UEFA Cup/Europa League and the Champions League/European Cup.

    Before it was abolished in 1999, however, the place of the UEFA Cup/Europa League winner was filled by the winner of that year's Cup Winners' Cup.

    AC Milan beat Sampdoria 3-1 on aggregate in 1990, 1-1 in the first leg and 2-0 in the second.

    Dutch duo Frank Rijkaard and Ruud Gullit were the scorers in the telling second fixture.

Parma vs. AC Milan, UEFA Super Cup 1993

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    Milan were back in the final three years later, again against Italian opposition, but they fell this time to a 2-1 aggregate defeat.

    Parma were the victors despite losing the first leg 1-0, as Nestor Sensini's second-leg goal sent the tie to extra time. Massimo Crippa scored just a few minutes after the restart, with Nevio Scala's side holding on to emerge triumphant.

Sevilla vs. Barcelona, UEFA Super Cup 2006

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    The last Super Cup to date to feature two teams from the same country came in 2006.

    Spain had seen Sevilla win the UEFA Cup and Barcelona lift the Champions League, but it was a surprise victory for the Andalucian team in the Super Cup.

    They defeated Barca 3-0 with goals from Renato, Freddy Kanoute and Enzo Maresca to lift another title.

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