Round: Final 2005 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL Stadium: Ataturk Olympic Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 25th May 2005
Attendance: 70,024
Time: 21:45 Referee: Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez
Coach: Rafael Benitez Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

LIVERPOOL 3 : 3 (aet - 3:2 on penalties)
AC MILAN
1. Jerzy Dudek


1. Dida
3. Steve Finnan 46

2. Cafu
4. Sami Hyypia


3. Paolo Maldini (C) 1 1:0
5. Milan Baros 85

7. Andriy Shevchenko
6. John Arne Riise


8. Gennaro Gattuso 112

7. Harry Kewell 23

11. Hernan Crespo 39 2:0 44 3:0 85
8. Steven Gerrard (C) 54 3:1

13. Alessandro Nesta
10. Luis Garcia


20. Clarence Seedorf 86
14. Xabi Alonso 60 60 3:3

21. Andrea Pirlo
21. Djimi Traore


22. Kaka
23. Jamie Carragher


31. Jaap Stam



20. Scott Carson



10. Rui Costa Gattuso 112

9. Djibril Cisse Baros 85


15. Jon Dahl Tomasson Crespo 85

11. Vladimir Smicer Kewell 23 56 3:2


27. Serginho Seedorf 86

16. Dietmar Hamann Finnan 46






17. Josemi Rey







18. Antonio Nunez







25. Igor Biscan







PENALTIES
1. Serginho - AC Milan 0:0


Dietmar Hamann - Liverpool 0:1

2. Andrea Pirlo - AC Milan 0:1


Djibril Cisse - Liverpool 0:2

3. Jon Dahl Tomasson - AC Milan 1:2


John Arne Riise - Liverpool 1:2

4. Kaka - AC Milan 2:2


Vladimir Smicer - Liverpool 2:3

5. Andriy Shevchenko - AC Milan 2:3





© Topps Football Card
Steven Gerrard - Liverpool captain




© Topps Football Card
Jerzy Dudek - penalties hero
Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey Distance from Anfield Stadium: 2728 km - 1695 miles


Large perspex mounted colour photographic board that hung in the Manager's Office in the old Main Stand.
Images courtesy of
Jamie Carragher's medal.
The Champions League Trophy
The trophy is on permanant display in the Liverpool FC museum.



Steven Gerrard's medal.
Steven Gerrard's shirt with Andriy Shevchenko's shirt on display in the Liverpool FC museum in 2015.


The shirt worn by Jerzy Dudek during the 2nd half and penalty shoot-out of the Final. The shirt was auctioned on the official Liverpool website to raise money for a charity for sick children in Poland.
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The match issued shirt of unused AC Milan substitute Vikash Dhorasoo
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Anthony Le Tallec's match issued shirt. Anthony Le Tallec was not included in the squad for the Final.
Image courtesy of Colin Wright


Fernando Morientes's match issued shirt.Fernando Morientes was cup-tied for the Champions League campaign.
Image courtesy of

UEFA Champions League Final Adidas match ball.
Image courtesy of

Official programme. 84 pages.

The programme was sold in a speckled plastic bag together with the anniversary magazine. Shortly after the match, this programme was reprinted. The only difference from the original is that the plastic bag is plain, rather than speckled.

Official UEFA team sheet.

The 36 page anniversary magazine included with the official programme.


Information Guide / VIP Issue. This issue was available to the media and also in the VIP area and, apparently, had a print run of only 300 copies.

Unused West Stand ticket allocated to UEFA.
Image courtesy of Andy Marsden

Lower North Stand match ticket allocated to Finalists.
Image courtesy of kdbaerde

Official Match Poster (68.5 x 48.3cm).
Image courtesy of

Lower East Stand match ticket allocated to wheelchair users.

Upper West Stand match ticket allocated to Turkish Citizens.
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Front and reverse of Lower South Stand match ticket allocated to Finalists.
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East Stand match ticket allocated to broadcast partner.
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There were a large number of unofficial programmes for sale on the internet after the final. We believe these four unofficial programmes were available in Istanbul. We would be interested in further information.

Produced in Spain. 20 pages.

Produced in the Netherlands. 16 pages.

Produced in the Netherlands. 24 pages.

Produced in Germany. 22 pages.


Eighty two page official magazine of the Turkish FA, dated May 2005, previews the Final.

KOP newspaper preview issue dated June 2005.
Image courtesy of Guy Mitchell

Eight page newspaper Radikal dated the day the match on sale in Istanbul.

Twelve page newspaper Fotomac dated the day the match on sale in Istanbul.


Sixteen page European Cup Final Special issue of the newspaper The New Anatolian dated 24-25 May; available free of charge in Istanbul.

City Guide.


Event Guide which contains photos of all ID badges/passes, location of VIP lounges, press locations, parking. etc.


Printout of a power point presentation handed out during the briefing to TV crew etc.
Images courtesy of John Lambert

Information leaflet in Italian language.
Image courtesy of buzzfly1000

Liverpool Echo preview supplement.


Sixteen page magazine Taktik Daily News - The Final dated the day the match on sale in Istanbul.


Official AC Milan club magazine Forza Milan for June 2005 which contains a preview of the match.
Image courtesy of Robert Greenwood

One hundred page Calcio Italia magazine, dated June 2005, previews the Final.
Image courtesy of Andy Marsden


Eighty four page official AC Milan club magazine Forza Milan for May 2005 which contains a preview of the match.


Fifty two page special edition of official AC Milan club magazine Forza Milan, fifteen pages dedicated to previewing the Final.
Image courtesy of Andy Marsden
Fifty two page Champions Life Greek magazine.
Image courtesy of elefpap

Spanish newspaper AS previews the Final.
Image courtesy of Jim Clarke

Menu.
Images courtesy of Andy Marsden
Images courtesy of Gerard Scully

Welcome package in Turkish language.

Welcome package in English language.

Welcome package in Turkish language.

Welcome package in English language.

Competition forms from welcome packages.

Envelope used for welcome packages.

Information leaflet in Turkish language.
Information leaflet in English language.

Invitation to the Celebration Party on the evening before the Final.
Image courtesy of seat159row28rush

Table napkin paper ring.

The menu of the Celebration Party held in the Hotel Kempinski the evening before the Final.
Images courtesy of Gerard Scully
Bosphorus Guest Car Sticker.
Parking Pass.
Gifts from Ford ... Air Freshener, Keyring with presentation box, and Ford Hedef Futbol sticker.

Partner Information booklet.

Amtel 20 page guide.
Images courtesy of Gerard Scully

Front and back of Greetings Postcard.

Front and back of postcard available in Liverpool airport on the 24th of May promoting Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008.

I was in Istanbul postcard (part of pack which included a t-shirt handed out at the airport).

Canon postcard.

Turkish single entry visa valid 20th May 2005 to 1st June 2005 - purpose of entry UEFA CLFC.
Images courtesy of Gerard Scully
Pub Borsa ticket.

Pub Borsa flyer.

Bronx Club flyer for Liverpool Fan Party.

Transportation Pass.

Pre-Event Pass.

Organiser Pass.

Champions Village Broadcast Partner Pass.

Istanbul 2005 The Final Lanyard.

VIP Area Wrist Bands.
ITV TV Pass.

Maiden Tower Lounge Pass.

Executive Box Guest Pass.

Betting Coupon.
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Betting Coupon.


Lonsdale Travel coach pass for the official Liverpool fans coaches in Istanbul between the city centre hotel and the stadium.
Image courtesy of rfk5568

VIP guest tag.
Image courtesy of seat159row28rush

TV crew vest.
Image courtesy of John Lambert

Stadium seat cover.

Supporters scarf.
Image courtesy of billy6708


One of the large (4.7m x 1.2m approx) canvas hoardings that hung from the stadium concourses. It was brought back to England by a Liverpool supporter.
Image courtesy of rfk5568

A flag that was inside a small souvenir ball purchased at the match.
Image courtesy of fischer0_3

Official Supporters T-Shirt.
Image courtesy of fischer0_3

Unused Media wristband.
Images courtesy of kippax377

Media lanyard.

Pre-event Media Pass.



Travel documents.
Images courtesy of Jackie Millhouse

Card from the Hotel Ninja, where members of the media stayed.

Container cards for members of the media luggage.

Bistro snack card belonging to a member of the media.

Front and reverse of meal voucher card belonging to a member of the media.
Images courtesy of Karl Bolmeer

Commemorative postcard produced just before the final.
Image courtesy of Karl Bolmeer


Postcard promoting a competition to win a trip to the Final. The competition was organised by Finnish company CASINO PAF; the postcard is in Swedish.
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Brochure published by Turkish Government and Tourist Board which was issued to the press only.
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AC Milan - 2003-04 Italy League Champions - lineup before the match


FORM GUIDE

Ten days earlier, on Sunday the 15th of May, Liverpool won 2:1 against Aston Villa at Anfield in their last League match of the season. Both goals were scored by Djibril Cisse, starting his first match since breaking his leg at the end of October. Both goals came early in the match, the first a penalty.

Previous Five Matches:



Grit, spirit and the ultimate glory

by Kevin McCarra © The Guardian

The glory of Liverpool is reborn. They are champions of Europe after winning a shoot-out 3-2, with the decider struck by Vladimir Smicer and confirmed by Jerzy Dudek's save from Andriy Shevchenko. But it had taken a near miracle from them to send this match into extra-time. Even there, Dudek, with three minutes left, made a double save from Shevchenko that was all but inconceivable. Liverpool's exhilarating powers of recovery, after being 3-0 behind at the interval, inspired the greatest European Cup final of modern times. The Argentinian, on loan from Chelsea, could never have guessed that he would be substituted not to enjoy a personal ovation, but because Steven Gerrard, Smicer and Xabi Alonso had put Liverpool on level terms. No one could have conceived of it, except for the Anfield players. Against all sense, their goals all came in a six-minute spell as they mangled a defence billed as the world's best. That had been beyond conception after Paolo Maldini's opener in the opening seconds and two more goals by Hernan Crespo. Liverpool were in a final they had scarcely expected to reach and felt for much of the evening that they did not belong there. The encouragement then lay not on the field but in the stands, where the great, undiscouraged believers in this club rallied in remarkable numbers. They had come so far to will their side to triumph but at first were forced to admire the technique and style of Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Milan's immediate breakthrough disrupted an acclimatisation process that had scarcely begun. The goal had something to do, as well, with stagefright in the English side that let their opponents strut the boards. The extraordinary comeback was beyond imagination then. Djimi Traore fouled Kaka in the first minute, but the position of the free-kick was not one that would normally make Liverpool quake. Rafael Benitez's men had been well marshalled to stifle Chelsea in the last four, but on this Istanbul evening there was a distracted quality to the marking. Andrea Pirlo pulled his free-kick slightly behind the main group of attackers and the 36-year-old Maldini hit it hard enough with his right foot from 12 yards to ensure that it flew past Jerzy Dudek on the bounce. The goalkeeper was beaten twice more before the interval but actually showed a level of aplomb that looked beyond conception for Liverpool. Xabi Alono and Steven Gerrard were left on the sidelines of a midfield full of marvellously articulated moves. Liverpool were earnest and dogged but there was scant sophistication or cohesion. Minds left in a spin by Maldini's goal took time to steady. Crespo met a corner in the 14th minute with a header that was blocked on the line by Luis Garcia, well before he got on with scoring.

The first of his goals was traumatic for a Liverpool side already feeling victimised. Garcia had shot wide and then, speculatively, claimed a penalty when he forced the ball against Alessandro Nesta, who had gone to ground, but Milan counter-attacked ruthlessly. Clarence Seedorf found Kaka and his beautiful pass inside Traore let Andriy Shevchenko set up Crespo to score at the far post. A minute before half-time, Kaka again split the Liverpool defence with a raking ball and Crespo was on the loose to dink it stylishly over Dudek. Fans will normally warm to any hint of flamboyance, but there was, as it turned out, a justified ambivalence here about the selection of Harry Kewell. The Australian is at risk of being classified as one of those footballers who is too expensive to be off-loaded. Naming an attacker whose form is so unpredictable was a cavalier gesture from the roundhead Benitez. Kewell lasted only 23 minutes before going off with a groin strain but his inclusion had its effect, too, on the rest of the team. In particular, it cost Dietmar Hamann his place in the starting line-up, even though it had taken Jamie Carragher to deny him the man-of-the-match award in the semi-final win over Chelsea at Anfield.

Maybe Milan became complacent or, more likely, Liverpool found an urgency inspired by desperation. Facing humiliation, they reacted with so much pride that they created one of the greatest periods in the extraordinarily rich history of this club. It all started nine minutes after the interval when John Arne Riise crossed from the left and Gerrard climbed to head home. Milan's marking was as lax then as Liverpool's had been at the outset and the consequences were just as extreme. This time it was Ancelotti's turn to gaze in disbelief. Milan had no chance to regain their poise. All the confidence was Liverpool's as they passed the ball along the edge of the penalty area four minutes later until Hamann put it into the path of his fellow substitute Vladimir Smicer. From 20 yards he drilled a low finish across and beyond Dida. This was almost certainly the last match for Liverpool of a Czech international who has come to the end of his contract, but this game obliterated the past and the future. A rout had turned into a contest full of compulsive action. The play roared towards a Liverpool equaliser. All the gaps were in the Milan side as Gerrard drove straight through the middle until Gennaro Gattuso brought him down for a penalty. Dida leapt to his right to save Alonso's kick but the Spaniard smashed in the rebound with his left foot. The ball had run kindly to him, but all credit was due to Liverpool for making this game alter course and turn back in their favour.

Fears that the Ataturk Olympic Stadium would prove unfit to stage the final appeared justified last night. The lack of public transport, adequate infrastructure and basic preparations left Uefa officials privately embarrassed at the choice of stadium. Chaotic traffic policing saw one access road closed, stretching journey times to three hours and technicians battled power cuts while struggling to connect telephone lines for reporters and broadcasters in time for kick-off.


Last minute preparations at the stadium


Paolo Maldini at the press conference


Sami Hyypia and Xabi Alonso at the press conference


Liverpool training session


Liverpool supporters start to arrive in Istanbul


A Liverpool supporter before the Final


Diego Maradona watches a Liverpool training session


A Liverpool supporter in Taksim Square


Liverpool supporters gather in Taksim Square


AC Milan supporters in the stadium


Liverpool supporters in the stadium


Turkish military students in a marching performance before the match


Liverpool lineup before the match


Paolo Maldini scores in the first minute


Harry Kewell is replaced by Vladimir Smicer


Steven Gerrard tackles Kaka


Jaap Stam wins a heading duel with Milan Baros


Hernan Crespo scores the second for AC Milan


Hernan Crespo scores the third goal before half time


Liverpool players are left stunned


Steven Gerrard speaks to Rafael Benitez


Half-time substitute Dietmar Hamann powers forward


Steven Gerrard starts the fight back


Vladimir Smicer scores the second goal


Steven Gerrard is fouled for the penalty


Xabi Alonso scores after his penalty is saved


Rafael Benitez urges his players on


Sami Hyypia has a word with the referee


Jerzy Dudek saves Andriy Shevchenko's header


Jerzy Dudek saves Andriy Shevchenko's follow up shot


John Arne Riise thanks Jerzy Dudek


Jerzy Dudek attempts to distract a penalty taker


Dietmar Hamann scores his penalty


Jerzy Dudek saves Andrea Pirlo's penalty


Jerzy Dudek saves Andriy Shevchenko's penalty


Liverpool players celebrate the victory


Paolo Maldini removes his runners up medal


Captain Steven Gerrard lifts the Champions League trophy


Rafael Benitez, Jerzy Dudek, and Steven Gerrard with the trophy


Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard with the trophy


The open air bus parade


Liverpool arrive home

Steven Gerrard painting print.
Jamie Carragher painting print.
Two prints from the artist James Muddiman.

UEFA full time report.

UEFA extra time report.
Images courtesy of Andy Marsden

Liverpool Daily Post newspaper the day after the final.

Liverpool Echo newspaper the day after the final.

Eight page supplement to the Liverpool Daily Post newspaper dated May 26 2005.

Sixteen page souvenir special issued by Liverpool Daily Post newspaper dated May 27 2005.

Twelve page supplement to the Liverpool Echo newspaper dated May 26 2005.

Sixteen page souvenir special issued by Liverpool Echo newspaper dated May 27 2005.

La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, dated May 26 2005, reports on the Final.
Images courtesy of doroteo74

Thirty two page souvenir issued by Liverpool Echo newspaper.

Daily Mirror newspaper, dated 26th of May 2005, reports on the Final.

Daily Express newspaper, dated 26th of May 2005, reports on the Final.
Images courtesy of Guy Mitchell

The Guardian newspaper, dated 26th of May 2005, reports on the Final

Daily Star newspaper, dated 26th of May 2005, reports on the Final

World Soccer magazine, dated July 2005, reviews the final.

LFC official magazine dated May 31 2005.

French magazine Onze dated June 2005 reviews the final.


24 page French language version of UEFA's official magazine uefadirect, dated July 2005, which reviews the Final. The magazine appears each month in English, French and German, and is an interesting and informative read for those wanting to keep up to date with UEFA and European football affairs.


Special issue of the fanzine The Liverpool Way commemorating the 2005 European Cup success, featuring interviews with Jamie Carragher and Neil Mellor, as well as numerous fans' accounts of their trip to Istanbul.
The Kop newspaper dated July 2005.
Certificate presented to CANON, official suppliers to the Champions League, by UEFA.
Image courtesy of Andy Marsden

Images courtesy of Guy Mitchell from his poster album





























































A selection of commemorative badges.
Images courtesy of 42011-red


Table napkin paper ring.

A selection of commemorative keyrings.
Images courtesy of Gerard Scully

Commemorative badge.
Images courtesy of toonsham

Football autographed by the 2004-05 squad.
Images courtesy of robbrown1981

Champions of Europe monopoly set.
Images courtesy of chrissymart

Commemorative badge. We believe this badge was issued by Liverpool FC.

Paper Media Bag issued by UEFA.
Image courtesy of soccerrock

Bottle Opener.
Image courtesy of mrfootball61

Supporters Flag.


One Night in Istanbul. DVD of the play at the Liverpool Empire in front of a sell out crowd. Filmed on the fifth anniversary of Liverpool FC's historic win and featuring the last public appearance as Liverpool manager by Rafa Benitez.
Images courtesy of hmsfable76


Fifteen minutes that shook the world. DVD. Investigative journalist Alan Wacker (Andrew 'Scully' Schofield) arrives in Liverpool to unravel the truth behind the 2005 Champions League final fight back in Istanbul. What he discovers reveals an hysterical world exclusive half time look inside the Liverpool dressing room.

Two disc DVD. Champions League Final and The Road To Istanbul.

2004/05 Season Review DVD.

BBC Radio Merseyside Kings of Europe CD.

Radio City Escape to Victory CD.
Image courtesy of fjumble


Limited edition UEFA official commemorative ticket, encased in Perspex, for the Champions League Final.
Images courtesy of hmsfable76


Official UEFA commemorative gift to guests at the Champions League Cup Final in Istanbul. Turkish bath kit, bowl, towel etc in wooden box.

Official limited edition commemorative shirt.
Image courtesy of tkdthorp


Commemorative Watch. Limited edition (only 2005 were made) Liverpool FC 2005 Champions League Final watch.
Image courtesy of jamie.kennedy

Autographed T-Shirt.
Image courtesy of

One Night in Istanbul. Theatre ticket and poster for Empire Theatre.
Image courtesy of hagsey

Supporters pennant obtained outside the stadium.
Image courtesy of jakegerrard

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of andy1965lfc

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of elepfap

Commemorative Football.
Image courtesy of Guy Mitchell

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of Jim Clarke

Supporters Badge.

Supporters Flag.
Image courtesy of cashintheloft

Official Commemorative Mug.
Image courtesy of sports-and-all

Commemorative Mug.
Image courtesy of jkrr63

Mounted 2005 Champions of Europe montage picture signed by a number of players.
Image courtesy of

Commemorative Coins.
Image courtesy of Guy Mitchell
Photo Album including 24 professional photos of the match and the trophy ceremony.
Image courtesy of juliec1961

Supporters scarf.
Image courtesy of Guy Mitchell

Commemorative Plate.
Image courtesy of Tony van Damme

Commemorative Danbury Mint fine porcelain plate.
Images courtesy of Fred Ray

Commemorative Danbury Mint fine porcelain plate.
Images courtesy of Fred Ray

Homecoming Tour Bus Press Pass.
Photos and prints can be ordered from

Commemorative football cover produced by Dawn Cover Productions.

Commemorative football cover produced by Dawn Cover Productions.
Image courtesy of coversandcollectables2

Commemorative football cover sheet produced by Grenada.
Image courtesy of coversandcollectables2

Commemorative trading cards.
Image courtesy of tradingcards1966

Commemorative Poster.
Image courtesy of cmp-e14

Liverpool F.C.'s 40 Greatest European Nights by Darren Phillips, Paperback, 2005.
Image courtesy of pitchsidepapers


One Night In The City, Wednesday 25th May 2015 by Ian Leech, 2005. Soft cover; 80 pages.


Our Road To Istanbul by John Mackin and John Pearman (Liverpool: Self-Published, 2006). Softback; 64 pages.
Images courtesy of pitchsidepapers

Supporters T-Shirt.
Image courtesy of egiilsk

Hardback edition of the official programme.
Image courtesy of


Large perspex mounted colour photographic board that hung in the Players' Lounge in the old Main Stand.


Large perspex mounted colour photographic board that hung in the Players' Lounge in the old Main Stand.


Large perspex mounted colour photographic board that hung in the Players' Lounge in the old Main Stand.


Large perspex mounted colour photographic board that hung in the Directors' corridor in the old Main Stand.

Aluminium sheet with protective film display board commemorating the 2005 Champions League victory.

Photograph that hung in the 2015-16 season Hospitality Marquee Trophy Room.
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WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

The Champions League Final was Liverpool's last match of the season and the victory meant they had won the European Cup for the 5th time and could retain the trophy on a permanent basis. They had finished the Premier League in 5th place on 58 points; 37 points behind champions Chelsea. At that time, UEFA rules did not allow the holders an automatic place in the following season's Champions League. Eventually, Liverpool were allowed to defend their trophy, starting at the first qualifier stage in July. Subsequently, the rule was modified to allow the holders enter the following year's competition at the expense of the lowest qualifying team from their country's league. Earlier in the season, Liverpool had also reached the League Cup Final but lost 3:2 to Chelsea after extra time at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. In the FA Cup, they lost 1:0 to second division Burnley at Turf Moor in the 3rd round.



JUST FOR THE RECORD - THE SEASON STATISTICS
*Away Statistics include Final against AC Milan in Istanbul


APPEARANCES / GOALS: 15 Matches / 20 Goals (1.33 goals per match) s = Substitute appearance

Players Used: 27

Ever-present: 3 - Carragher, Hyypia, Riise

Players Scored: 11 (plus 1 own goal - Andrade of Deportivo La Coruna)

Leading Scorer: Garcia - 5 goals

TOTAL HOME ATTENDANCE 283,445
TOTAL AWAY ATTENDANCE 283,985



567,430

Average Home Attendance: 40,492



KM
Miles


Graz 1484
922


Athens 2663
1655


A Coruna 1188
738


Monaco 1319
819


Leverkusen 728
452


Turin 1201
746


London 287
178


Istanbul 2728
1695









11598
7205



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