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European Memories

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Below post is inspired by quote..."Variety is the spice of life."


This whole European Super League nonsense has reminded myself of both the ties in early nineties which I wasn't allowed to attend because we had school in morning and lived four hours away then those matches I've been able to enjoy in said flesh since 2007.  Still stand by belief aforementioned continental competition whether we're included or not especially given all these new countries around globe is probably my biggest life passion.


Just yesterday one looked through all them teams who won Champions League or UEFA Cup/Europa League and stumbled across a few really cool statistics about sides being runners-up.  Marseille reached UEFA Cup Final having drawn ALL FIVE of their away games against Sigma Olomouc, Werder Bremen, Monaco, Celta Vigo, Bologna before losing to Parma.


Werder Bremen themselves in reaching 2009 UEFA Cup Final via Champions League Group Stage drew their SIX AWAY GAMES against Inter Milan, Panathinaikos, Anorthosis Famagusta, AC Milan, St.Etienne, Udinese, and in Semi Final which saw six goals with Hamburg scored still only won on away goals rule as they eventually lost to Shakhtar Donetsk.

I love fact the supporters of these clubs and I'm sure if we look deeper they'll be similar stories never saw their heroes lose on road until Final itself.  I'm sure Bayern Munich won all six of their away games in winning UEFA Cup in 1996.  Lokomotiv Moscow, Raith Rovers, Benfica, Nottingham Forest, Barcelona, Bordeaux in their two legged Final said victims.


However do any of you have any away day memories from my time as a supporter you'd like to share? So from when we played BK 1903 in 1991 to HNK Rijeka second time around??  I've heard a couple of people talk about Barry Town tie being very memorable.  I'm mean over last 30 years we've had some great locations to visit in Reyjavik, Turin, Riga, Vilnius, Athens, Madrid, Munich, Larnaca, Rovaniemi, Tbilisi naming just a few familiar faces.


Personally I'd have loved to take in Skopje, Rijeka, Almaty 2015, if having said money.         

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