The European Cup finals in Munich before the Allianz Arena: From Nottingham Forest to Marseille to Dortmund

On May 19, the Champions League final will be played in the Bavarian capital. looks back at the major finals to take place at the old Olympiastadion
The Champions League final will be played in Munich this year, and for the first time, the Allianz Arena will play host to a European Cup final. But the May 19 match will not be a first for the city of Munich, which has seen several such matches: before the Allianz Arena was opened in 2005, the Olympiastadion was the venue for three European Cup finals.

Nottingham Forest win

On May 30, 1979, the final of what was then known as the European Champions Cup took place at the Olympiastadion in Munich. A crowd of 57,000 watched as English side Nottingham Forest took on Swedish representatives Malmo. At the time, English clubs dominated the competition: between 1977 and 1982, the winners included Aston Villa, Liverpool (three times) and Nottingham Forest (twice), with the latter hoisting the title in Munich in 1979. Trevor Francis scored in the 45th minute to give Forest the lead. They held on to claim the spoils and lift their first and only European Champions Cup.

Marseille become the first Champions League winners

In the 1992-93 season, Europe's glamour club tournament was renamed the Champions League, and the Olympiastadion in Munich was given the honour of being the first host stadium for the final. On May 26, 1993, Marseille and Milan faced off as 64,400 spectators saw football greats such as Fabien Barthez, Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps and Rudi Voller take on Franco Baresi, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, and Jean-Pierre Papin. The game was decided by Marseille's Basile Boli, who found the net in the 44th minute. The Italians tried to fight back but were unable to find an equaliser: at full-time, Marseille were crowned the first-ever Champions League winners.

Dortmund lift the title in Munich

In 1997, Dortmund ended a 14-year slump for German teams in Europe's elite club tournament as they became the first Bundesliga side to lift the Champions League trophy. On May 28, 59,000 spectators watched as BVB took on the then-defending champions Juventus, who were favourites for the title. But the Italians were surprised: Karl-Heinz Riedle netted a double with strikes in the 29th and 34th minutes, giving Dortmund a comfortable lead at the break.

In the seconf half, a young Alessandro Del Piero came off the bench and scored in the 64th minute to bring the Old Lady back into the game. However, within seconds of coming off the bench, Lars Ricken lobbed goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi to make it 3-1, ending all hopes of a comeback for Juventus. Dortmund lifted the title in the home of their domestic rivals Bayern, and claimed what remains their only Champions League trophy to date.

The Olympiastadion, where all of Munich's previous finals were held

In 1996, there was another European club final in Munich, but that match was the Uefa Cup. Bayern Munich won the first leg 2-0 at home against Bordeaux, before earning a 3-1 victory in France two weeks later.

In just a little over two weeks, the 2012 Champions League final will be played at the Allianz Arena, a football template that promises to provide another unforgettable spectacle.