5 Champions League finals with historical subplots

UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) /
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2. Real Madrid and Valencia set an all Spanish affair in Paris

Real Madrid and Valencia made history by becoming first the teams from the same country to play in the Champions League final. However, the most significant thing about this final was where it took place, which was in the most iconic city in France.

The history between the Spanish and French has not always been the best. They fought each in wars, which also included the Franco-Spanish War. So when Spanish teams reached the final in Paris, let’s just say it was invigorating for Spaniards and not exactly pleasing for the French.

It would be Real Madrid, the country’s most iconic team, who would thrash Valencia to claim the Champions League title. That Real Madrid team included English international, Steve McManaman, who started and even scored in the team’s demolishing of Valencia. Another historical irony as the history between the Spanish and English is also filled with political conflict.

1. Champions League showdown between English Sides in Madrid

The Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham played in Madrid had so many historical subplots from the location of the final to managers on each bench. Beginning with the historical ironies, England and Spain were some of the most powerful nations in the world a while ago, which led to conflicts and the beginning of the Anglo-Spanish War.

Centuries later, England would battle Germany in both World Wars and then went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, which is a British Overseas Territory that is near Argentina.

Now how does all this political conflict and war relate to the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham? It was played between English teams in Spain’s most iconic city. On the benches, Liverpool were (and still are) managed by Jürgen Klopp, who is German, while Tottenham were managed by somebody who is familiar to Real Madrid as he is constantly linked to the team whenever the position is vacant, Mauricio Pochettino, who’s from Argentina. Wild subplots.

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This year’s Champions League final is going to be incredible, both teams have a lot to prove and there is a lot that has gone in this Champions League run, especially from Real Madrid, and they’d definitely be looking to win it.