20th October 1998
UEFA Cup 2nd Round, 2nd Leg Early memories of listening to crackling radio broadcasts from behind the Iron Curtain helped promote this game into my top 5. ( I was already fascinated with the likes of Honved, Dukla Prague and Jeunesse Esch and had visited them before Half Man, Half Biscuit wrote their lyrics). In addition Juninho played a starring role in midfield for Atletico and my memories of the game include a band playing throughout (in the style of Underground), which added to the electric atmosphere that night. Everton v Bayern Munich 24th April 1985
European Cup Winners Cup, Semi Final, 2nd Leg 49,782 crammed into Goodison for the second leg of the European Cup Winners Cup Semi Final. The first leg had seen Udo Lattek the Bayern manager protest “That is not football, Mr Kendall” and that Andy Gray should take up Rugby. With the scores even at 0-0 from the first leg Everton faced an uphill struggle after Dieter Hoeness opened the scoring but second half goals from Sharp, Gray and Trevor Steven saw Everton through. After the match Everton manager Howard Kendall (somewhat inappropriately) admitted , “We decided before the game to bomb them.” South Korea v Italy 18th June 2002
World Cup, Round of 16. As I walked through Seoul, six hours before kick off the streets were already full with The Red Army sat down patiently in front of big screens. I was on my way to the game in Daejeon some two hours away. At the game the Koreans had spelt out Again 1966…a hint of what was to come. The supporters incessant chanting (just listen to it) throughout drove the team on, equalising two minutes from the end sent the game into extra time where the referring has since been called into question, but the Italians sat back and they were punished two minutes from the end of extra time by Ahn Jung-Hwan who happened to play for Perugia in Italy at the time. The next day, Perugia owner Luciano Gaucci cancelled his contract and was quoted as saying, “I have no intention of paying a salary to someone who has ruined Italian football.” Returning to Seoul in the early hours of the next morning the crowds were still there. Liverpool v Nottingham Forest 13th April 1998
English League Division One John Motson, who was commentating on the game, described it as “almost fantasy football”.Liverpool’s performance was described by former England international Tom Finney as “the finest exhibition of attacking football ever seen”. while former European Footballer of the Year Michel Platini said Liverpool resembled “a continental team, not an English one”.In his 1999 autobiography, John Barnes said it was “the best Liverpool performance he ever played in.
Barcelona v Manchester United 28th May 2011
Champions League Final The best football team ever.