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The biggest game in European club football will be played-out in Munich on May 19 and Goal.com looks at the venues that have stage the event in the past 10 years

The Allianz Arena will host the 2012 Champions League final on May 19. This year could mark a historic event, as Bayern Munich have a chance to become the first team in the tournament's history to play in the final on home soil. Below, Goal.com recaps the last 10 finals, each with its own unique history.

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'Neverkusen' is born


2002: In Glasgow's Hampden Park, Real Madrid faced off against surprise team Leverkusen. In front of 51,500 spectators, however, the Werkself fell to a 2-1 loss, and earned the nickname 'Neverkusen'. Raul and Lucio traded early goals, but Zinedine Zidane's majestic volley made the difference as the Spanish side took the spoils.


3:2 (pen)
Italians rule Europe


2003: At Old Trafford, 68,000 fans saw a purely Italian final between Milan and Juventus. The game was heavily influenced by tactics and could only be decided on penalties. Therein, the Bianconeri were more affected by nerves and lost by a 3-2 margin. Andriy Shevchenko converted the decisive penalty.

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Mourinho leads Porto to stunning triumph


In 2004, two complete surprises faced off at the Arena auf Schalke in the form of Monaco and Porto. No-one expected either team to advance so far, but the French outfit earned their spot in the final by eliminating Real Madrid. However, in front of 53,100 live viewers they lost to Porto, whose 3-0 victory earned them top honours. Carlos Alberto, Deco, and Dmitri Alenichev provided the goals as Jose Mourinho earned his first Champions League title.

6-5 (pen)
Rossoneri blow 3-0 lead


In 2005, perhaps the most spectacular final in the history of the Champions League took place. In the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, 69,000 saw Milan face Liverpool. In the first half, the Italians dismantled the Reds with a goal from Paolo Maldini and a double from Hernan Crespo. After the break, Liverpool turned the game within six minutes with goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer, and Xabi Alonso. The match went to penalties, and the English side came out on top. This time, Shevchenko missed a vital penalty as the Italians succumbed to defeat.

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Barca is born


2006: A year later, Barcelona reached the final and met Arsenal. In front of 77,500 at the Stade de France, the Gunners went ahead through Sol Campbell before Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti turned the game and the Spaniards secured the title. This would not be the last Champions League trophy for Barca.

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Inzaghi fires AC Milan to the title


2007: In the Olympic Stadium in Athens, there was a rematch of the 2005 final: Milan and Liverpool locked horns once again. But this time, in front of 63,000 spectators, the Rossoneri came out on top. Filippo Inzaghi scored a double for the Italians, while Dirk Kuyt scored the consolation goal for Liverpool.

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United the victors after Terry penalty miss


2008: In the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, an all-English final took place between Manchester United and Chelsea. Cristiano Ronaldo put United in front to high applause from the 69,500 fans, but Frank Lampard later equalised. The game was decided by penalty shoot-out. John Terry missed a chance to seal victory for the Blues before Nicolas Anelka's shot was parried, and the Red Devils took the spoils.

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Barca win again


2009: Manchester United had a great chance to defend their title, but in front of 62,500 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Barcelona were the victors. Samuel Eto'o scored early for the Catalans, and Lionel Messi's header ended the Red Devils' dream of lifting the trophy for a second consecutive season.

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Milito seals treble for Italians


In 2010, Bayern Munich met Inter in front of 75,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabeu. Both teams had the chance for a historic treble, and it was the Italian side that secured the elusive honour. Diego Milito was twice on target as Mourinho lifted the Champions League trophy again.

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Third title in five years for Barca


2011: The new Wembley hosted 87,000 viewers to see an entertaining final between Barcelona and Manchester United. Pedro opened the scoring for the Catalans, but Wayne Rooney drew the English level shortly thereafter. Lionel Messi and David Villa found the net after the break, however, and the Catalans were crowned club champions of Europe for a third time in five years.



2012: This year, the Allianz Arena becomes the next venue to host the Champions League final. Bayern Munich have a great opportunity to be the first team to play in the ultimate game on home soil. After a 2-1 first-leg victory over Real Madrid, they have a slight edge, but face 90 tough minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. One thing is certain: the winner will face Chelsea on May 19.

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