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Quiz about A Decade OfChampions League Finals

A Decade Of...Champions League Finals Quiz


The 2010s are done. With that in mind, let's look back at the Champions League finals of the previous decade.

A multiple-choice quiz by TheOracler. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
TheOracler
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
399,840
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
5 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. The 2010 Champions League final featured German champions Bayern Munich and Italian champions Inter Milan. The final also featured two previous European Cup winning coaches in Louis Van Gaal (Bayern) and Jose Mourinho (Inter). When had this last previously occurred? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. 2011 saw Barcelona meet Manchester United in the final of the Champions League. After Barca's victory, instead of the trophy being lifted by captain Xavi, it was first lifted by which player? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In 2012, Bayern Munich and Chelsea overcame difficult domestic campaigns to reach the Champions League final. The two clubs had only previously met in one European tie before, facing off in which tournament? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 2003, Bayern Munich offered two million Euros to Borussia Dortmund, a club that was on the brink of dissolution. A decade later, the two clubs met in the first all-German Champions League final. While the UEFA Man of the Match award went to Arjen Robben, who scored the winning goal, who did the fans vote as their man of the match? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Real Madrid defeated their local rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2014 final. During this game, Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo increased his record tally for goals in a single Champions League campaign. How many goals did Ronaldo end the tournament with? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Barcelona defeated Juventus 3-1 in the 2015 Champions League final, with Neymar's goal in the game meaning he ended the competition as the Champions League's joint top scorer, the first player to lead the scoring charts in the Champions League (apart from Messi and Ronaldo) since whom? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In the 2016 final, Real Madrid met Atletico Madrid again. Argentinian Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was hoping to win the Champions League for the first time, how many non-European born managers had coached a European Cup winning team before the 2016 final? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In the 2017 final, Real Madrid looked to become the first team to retain the European Cup since the inception of the Champions League in 1992 when they faced Juventus in the final. How many times had a defending champion lost in the final the following year since the last team to retain the trophy? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 to win the 2018 Champions League final. After winning, Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to win five Champions League titles, surpassing a record set by which player? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Liverpool had a much better experience in 2019, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win their sixth European Cup. Who won man of the match in the final? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The 2010 Champions League final featured German champions Bayern Munich and Italian champions Inter Milan. The final also featured two previous European Cup winning coaches in Louis Van Gaal (Bayern) and Jose Mourinho (Inter). When had this last previously occurred?

Answer: 2007

This was first time that two previous European Cup winning coaches had met in the Champions League final since AC Milan, led by 2003 winner Carlo Ancelotti, met Liverpool, who were coached by Rafael Benitez who had led Liverpool to victory against AC Milan in 2005. This had also previously occurred in 1962 (Bela Guttmann and Miguel Munoz), 1978 (Bob Paisley and Ernst Happel) and 2002 (Vicente Del Bosque and Klaus Toppmoller).

Inter won the game 2-0, with Diego Milito scoring a goal in each half as the club won its third European Cup, and its first since 1965. Bayern would have to wait until 2013 to win its fifth European Cup. Mourinho left Inter to join Real Madrid in the following summer, replaced at the San Siro by Benitez.
2. 2011 saw Barcelona meet Manchester United in the final of the Champions League. After Barca's victory, instead of the trophy being lifted by captain Xavi, it was first lifted by which player?

Answer: Eric Abidal

Abidal lifting the trophy was a gesture by his teammates as the Frenchman had only two months ago had a tumour in his liver removed. In another gesture, Abidal was given the captain's armband by Xavi as he lifted the trophy. The generosity of his teammates brought Abidal to tears, and he spoke of how "special" Barcelona was after the ceremony.

Barcelona won the game 3-1, largely thanks to a career-defining performance from Lionel Messi who was awarded the UEFA Man of the Match after the game. It was the last Champions League final to feature Sir Alex Ferguson.
3. In 2012, Bayern Munich and Chelsea overcame difficult domestic campaigns to reach the Champions League final. The two clubs had only previously met in one European tie before, facing off in which tournament?

Answer: Champions League

The teams had previously met in the quarter-finals of the 2004-05 Champions League, with Chelsea winning a thrilling tie 6-5 on aggregate. Bayern was playing in its ninth European Cup final (previously had a 4-4 record) while Chelsea was playing in its second, having lost in the 2008 final to Manchester United. Bayern had finished second in the Bundesliga while Chelsea fell all the way to sixth in the Premier League.

The game seemed destined for success for Bayern as the match was played at the Allianz Arena, the team's home stadium. (Roma had been the last club to do this in 1984) Despite a Thomas Muller goal in the 83rd minute, Didier Drogba equalised in the 88th minute to save Chelsea's skin. The game went to penalties, with Chelsea winning 4-3 after penalty misses from Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Chelsea became the first team from London to win the Champions League and Drogba was named the UEFA Man of the Match in his last game for Chelsea. (Albeit, he returned to Stamford Bridge in 2014)
4. In 2003, Bayern Munich offered two million Euros to Borussia Dortmund, a club that was on the brink of dissolution. A decade later, the two clubs met in the first all-German Champions League final. While the UEFA Man of the Match award went to Arjen Robben, who scored the winning goal, who did the fans vote as their man of the match?

Answer: Manuel Neuer

The two clubs have a longstanding rivalry, known as Der Klassiker. The rivalry had been re-energised in the 2010s after Dortmund won two Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012. The nastiness of the rivalry continued during the 2012-13 season when Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp and Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer had an argument during a game, with the rivalry intensifying when it was revealed that Dortmund hero Mario Gotze was leaving in the summer of 2013 to join Bayern.

The game was an entertaining affair. While Dortmund had the better of the first half, it was Bayern who took the lead in the 60th minute through Mario Mandzukic before Ilkay Gundogan equalised for Dortmund. Robben scored the winner in the 89th minute, sealing Bayern's European treble and their first European Cup since 2001. Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes retired after the 2013 final, but returned to Bayern for a short stint in 2017-18.
5. Real Madrid defeated their local rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2014 final. During this game, Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo increased his record tally for goals in a single Champions League campaign. How many goals did Ronaldo end the tournament with?

Answer: 17

It was the first time that two clubs from the same city met in the European Cup final, in what was the 59th edition of the tournament. Ronaldo was utterly dominant in the entirety of the 2013-14 Champions League, scoring nine times in the group stage, four times against Schalke in the last 16, once against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals and twice against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

The game was in Atletico's hands until the very end of normal time, with a Sergio Ramos header saving Real in stoppage time to send the game to extra time. Real eventually won 4-1 after extra-time.
6. Barcelona defeated Juventus 3-1 in the 2015 Champions League final, with Neymar's goal in the game meaning he ended the competition as the Champions League's joint top scorer, the first player to lead the scoring charts in the Champions League (apart from Messi and Ronaldo) since whom?

Answer: Kaka

Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar all scored 10 goals during the 2014-15 tournament. As a result, Neymar was the first player outside of the Messi/Ronaldo duopoly to lead the Champions League scoring charts since Kaka in 2006-07. Ronaldo led the scoring charts in 2007-08, 2012-13 and 2013-14, while Messi was the golden boot winner in the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar were Barcelona's scorers in the final, with Alvaro Morata netting for Juventus. With the win, Barcelona joined Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Liverpool as the only clubs with five European Cups. Juventus became the first club to lose six European Cup finals as a result of this game.
7. In the 2016 final, Real Madrid met Atletico Madrid again. Argentinian Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was hoping to win the Champions League for the first time, how many non-European born managers had coached a European Cup winning team before the 2016 final?

Answer: 2

The only non-European managers to win the European Cup before 2016 were Luis Carniglia (Real Madrid 1958, 1959) and Helenio Herrera (Inter Milan 1964, 1965). Interestingly, both Carniglia and Herrera were Argentinian.

Unfortunately for Simeone, he did not go on to emulate his fellow countrymen in the 2016 Champions League final. Real Madrid won 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, with Juanfran missing in the penalty shootout. As a result, Real Madrid were crowned European champions for a record-extending 11th time, while Atletico became the first club to lose their first three European Cup finals, having also lost in 1974 to Bayern Munich and in 2014 to their city rivals.
8. In the 2017 final, Real Madrid looked to become the first team to retain the European Cup since the inception of the Champions League in 1992 when they faced Juventus in the final. How many times had a defending champion lost in the final the following year since the last team to retain the trophy?

Answer: 4

AC Milan won the 1994 Champions League, but lost to Ajax in the 1995 final. After winning the 1995 final, Ajax reached the final in 1996 but lost on penalties to Juventus. Juventus would go on to lose the 1997 final to Borussia Dortmund. In 2008, Manchester United were crowned European champions but would go on to lose the 2009 final against Barcelona.

Real Madrid would break the curse, becoming the first team to retain the European Cup since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990. Madrid won the game 4-1, aided by a brilliant brace from Cristiano Ronaldo.
9. Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 to win the 2018 Champions League final. After winning, Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to win five Champions League titles, surpassing a record set by which player?

Answer: Clarence Seedorf

Ronaldo won his fifth Champions League, becoming the first player in the Champions League era to win the tournament five times. Seedorf was the first player to win the Champions League four times, winning with Ajax in 1995, Real Madrid in 1998 and AC Milan in 2003 and 2007. Messi was part of Barcelona's 2009, 2011 and 2015 Champions League teams, but was injured for the majority of the successful 2006 campaign. Maldini won the tournament five times, but two of these wins were during the European Cup era before 1992. Puyol won it three times, in 2006, 2009 and 2011. Several players won five European Cups, and Real Madrid legend Paco Gento won the tournament six times, but this all occurred in the pre-Champions League era.

Real Madrid won the final 3-1, thanks to a legendary substitute appearance from Gareth Bale who scored twice to win Real the trophy. Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius made two costly mistakes that changed the game for the Reds. It was Real's 13th European Cup.
10. Liverpool had a much better experience in 2019, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win their sixth European Cup. Who won man of the match in the final?

Answer: Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk was named man of the match by UEFA for his leadership in the game, often breaking Tottenham attacks up and helping to create moves for Liverpool in the game. Salah and Origi scored in a fairly boring game which saw Salah score a penalty while substitute Origi helped to kill the game off with the second goal.

Liverpool's sixth European Cup put them third on the all-time European Cup winners list, behind only Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (7). It broke a tie for third with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, whom both coincidentally lost to Liverpool in that season's tournament. Bayern would emulate Liverpool's achievement by winning their sixth European Cup in 2020.
Source: Author TheOracler

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