Fan views
These blogs have all been written by winners of our annual Champions Journalist competition which asked supporters to let us know what their club means to them. Our fan reporters will continue to contribute articles throughout the season
15 September 2021 - Liverpool
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Reds return
Richard O’Brien is a Champions Journalist fan reporter – but first and foremost, he’s a Liverpool fan. That meant emotions ran high on his...
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Blue homecoming
“Dream? I’m not dreaming. One day I’ll play here.” said a young and confident Romelu Lukaku as he gazed at the Stamford Bridge as a teenager.
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29 May 2021 - Chelsea FC
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Champions of Europe
Our Chelsea fan reporter is living in dreamland after European glory and doesn’t expect to get much sleep for a while...
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28 May 2021 - Manchester City
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Hopes and fears
Our Manchester City fan reporter isn’t exactly looking forward to the final. Here Champions Journalist Hannah Watts explains her...
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28 May 2021 - Chelsea
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Against the odds
Champions Journalist fan reporter Theo Milki knows his team are the underdogs – but Chelsea were second favourites in 2012 too...
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Wednesday 5 May 2021 - Chelsea
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SW6 to dreamland
Champions Journalist fan reporter Theo Milki was at Stamford Bridge to see the players arrive – but still can’t quite believe what...
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Thursday 5 May 2021 - Manchester City
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A moment to savour
Champions Journalist fan reporter Hannah Watts feels the fan’s pain of the past, but shares the delight in the success of the here and now...
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28 April 2021 - Paris Saint Germain
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Quiet revolution
Champions Journalist fan reporter and Paris fan Callista Mersini felt the pain of defeat last week, but sees the positives in unsung heroes…
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27 April 2021 - Real Madrid
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Benzema to the rescue
The experienced striker stayed composed when it mattered most, much to the relief of our Champions Journalist fan reporter…
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14 April 2021 - Borussia Dortmund
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Baking for victory
Fan Anastasia feels partially responsible for Dortmund’s loss to City, having decided against baking BVB cupcakes on the day of the game...
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14 April 2021 - Liverpool
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We’ll be back
There’s no need to panic, insists Reds fan Richard O’Brien. After all, things turned out pretty well for Jürgen Klopp’s side the last time...
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14 April 2021 - Real Madrid
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Don’t write us off…
Valeria Paz, our Champions Journalist fan reporter, has got used to seeing her team in the semi-finals but knows that it’s not mission...
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14 April 2021 - Manchester City
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Could this be our year?
That’s the question fan reporter Hannah Watts is asking as she watches her Manchester City side edge closer to that coveted cup...
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13 April 2021 - Chelsea
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We’ve been here before…
Champions Journalist fan reporter Theo Milki is dreaming of a 2012 repeat – and he thinks the omens are good...
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13 April 2021 - PSG
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“The title chase is on”
It was a nerve-wracking 90 minutes for Paris supporter Callista Mersini, but her team held on to keep the dream alive...
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7 April 2021 - Bayern München
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Bayern’s missing marksman
Champions Journalist fan reporter Alex Hofmeister has every finger crossed that Plan B means his side can find the net...
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06 April 2021 - Real Madrid
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A Real Madrid methodology
Champions Journalist fan reporter Valeria Paz has a three-point plan for her team’s second leg against Liverpool next week…
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6 April 2021 - Manchester City
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A Mancunian farewell
Champions Journalist fan reporter Hannah Watts feels the pain of farewell, but knows the light blue sky is the limit…
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17 March 2021 - Bayern München
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Mia san Mia – Bayern's guiding light
Ever wondered what Bayern München’s motto Mia san Mia actually means? Absolutely everything to Champions Journal fan reporter Alexander...
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17 March 2021 - Chelsea
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Chelsea quest
As the Blues plot a course to Istanbul, Theo Milki reminisces about a journey to the Mestalla to see his team – and take in the sights...
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16 March 2021 - Real Madrid
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The Real deal
Valeria Paz, one of our Champions Journalist fan reporters, has learnt from past experience that you can never rule out the 13-times...
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16 March 2021 - Manchester City
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Manchester misgivings
Are Pep Guardiola’s side on an irresistible march to Champions League glory? Fan reporter Hannah Watts is erring on the side of optimism...
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10 March 2021 - PSG
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Filling the void in Paris
Watching the drama of a tense knockout tie unfold in front of an empty stadium is something our Paris Saint-Germain fan reporter still...
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10 March 2021 - Liverpool
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Back to the top with Klopp?
Richard O’Brien is optimistic – and he believes his fellow supporters are too; he describes the response from afar to the Liverpool lull...
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9 March 2021 - Dortmund
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Drawing on Dortmund’s passion
Champions Journalist fan reporter Anastasia Gradl was in her sick bed for yesterday’s game. However, she felt better after a combination...
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9 March 2021 - Porto
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Porto go back to the future
Sérgio Oliveira’s tie-winning free-kick against Juve had one Porto fan thinking back to another famous win: at Old Trafford 17 years ago...
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9 March 2021 - Juventus
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Champions League: a survival guide
If the Juventus result last night has left you bereft, fear not: our fan reporter is here with the do’s and don’ts of European elimination...
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24 February 2021 – Atalanta
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"We can be proud of Atalanta"
Atalanta supporter Giulia Rocchi may be down, but she insists her team is far from out
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24 February 2021 – Borussia Mönchengladbach
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"It was a nightmare"
Our Gladbach fan reporter will be glad to see the back of Guardiola – but not if he’s wearing that coat
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23 February 2021 – Lazio
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“Living Lazio”
What does a Champions Journalist fan reporter do when his team are being beaten by Bayern? He takes refuge in memories...
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17 February 2021 – FC Porto
FC Porto
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Juventus
What was the best thing about Porto’s game against Juventus? This fan reporter cherished a moment that went above and beyond the final score
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17 February 2021 – Sevilla
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Sevilla fan gets the message
Denied the physical proximity that comes with the pub and pints, our Sevilla fan reporter and his friends have found refuge in digital debate
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16 February 2021 - Barcelona
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Paris Saint-Germain
Our Barça-supporting Champions Journalist fan reporter is keen to accentuate the positives of his team’s loss to Paris Saint-Germain...
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“Everything is possible!”
Matteo D'Orazio looks back at a last-gasp win against Spurs that sums up what it means to him to be “Crazy Inter” fan...
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"Don’t give up"
Giulia Rocchi hails the Bergamasco spirit – and the watchful eye of a goddess – as Atalanta lit up the darkest of times...
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"Frenkie, Matthijs, Donny and me"
As Jesper Langbroek toured Latin America, he was with Ajax every step of the way on their epic journey to the 2018/19 semi-finals...
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"Atleti never walk alone"
Atlético supporter Álvaro Domínguez takes pride in another gutsy performance from Diego Simeone’s side...
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"Tears of joy"
Barcelona fan Arimon Monblan Biel recalls Camp Nou shaking as Sergi Roberto put the finishing touch on a comeback he will never forget...
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“I see pure joy in people’s eyes”
As a student, Alexander Hofmeister landed a dream job as tour guide at Bayern München. Now he can’t wait for the stadium to open again...
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"When Branislav and Bob Marley lit up the Bridge"
Chelsea fan Theo Milki will never forget the night everything turned out alright against Napoli – and his childhood dream came true...
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"The Green Eagles soar again"
Ferencváros may not have made the knockout phase, but for Zalan Pall, just being back in the Champions League was worth the wait...
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"Living the dream with Lazio"
The pandemic has lent a bittersweet edge to Lazio’s Champions League return, but fan Joshua Palma has been relishing their renaissance...
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"Blue Moon rises"
No matter the stress Manchester City might bring, Hannah Watts takes comfort from the beautiful game in this time of crisis...
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"Barcelona here we come!"
Despite being tied into a school event, nothing could stop Chris Brennan watching Manchester United clinch their place in the 1999 final...
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"An uncommon bond"
Gonçalo Peixe recalls a famous night at Anfield, when with all hope lost, Porto fans’ love for their club shone more brightly than ever...
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“Madridista right to the core”
The chance to see her Real Madrid heroes in the flesh for the first time meant everything to Valeria Paz...
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"My Old Trafford high"
Rafael Azcarate Velasco has seen Sevilla lift European silverware, but it is a UCL win in Manchester that still sets the pulses racing...
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“A grey morning after a weekend in paradise”
For Liverpool diehard Richard O’Brien, the connection between Reds fans young and old resonates deeper than any trophy...
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“True bliss”
Growing up in South Africa, PSG fan Callista Mersini saw just how big an impact football can have on people’s lives when the World Cup...
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"The same black-and-white scarf"
Gabriele Magro describes the uniting power of football across generations and nationalities, in his case focused on the Bianconeri in Turin…
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"Gladbach are back on the map"
Like many young Mönchengladbach fans, Dilhan Schrörs had to make do with old tales of European Cup thrills until this season's exploits...
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The lockdown diaries: Pedro Pardo, Valencia
Our Champions Journalist fan reporter Pedro Pardo yearns to return to Mestalla. But in the meantime, he’s living off memories good and bad...
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The lockdown diaries: Atiya, London
The glamourous lives of footballers seem a world away from the reality people are facing during the Covid pandemic. But as a documentary...
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The lockdown diaries: Alessio Costabile, Napoli
Our Naples-based fan reporter Alessio Costabile has been listening to the Manu Chao song about Diego Maradona La Vida Tombola on loop....
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The lockdown diaries: Anastasia Gradl, Dortmund
In our latest dispatch, Champions Journalist winner Anastasia Gradl describes how she has been making up for the absence of live football...
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The lockdown diaries: Louis Frank, Paris
We continue our new series by checking in with Champions Journalist fan reporter Louis Frank, who has been digging up old photos...
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The lockdown diaries: Carla Fernández Ariño, Madrid
In the first of our new series looking at how supporters across Europe are coping with the absence of football, our Champions Journalist...
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11 March 2020, Paris
Paris Saint-Germain
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Borussia Dortmund
Some Wednesdays are different to others. On some Wednesdays, Paris wakes up breathing a little heavier than usual. These Wednesday are...
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11 March 2020, Liverpool
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Atlético Madrid
The last time I was this excited about watching a game of football was the first time I ever went to Anfield. Funnily enough, that game...
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10 December 2019, Benfica
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Zenit
‘A real eagle flies over the crowd and lands on the crest’
Despite being out of the Champions League, Benfica can still grab a place in the Europa League when they take on Zenit tonight – and that...
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Olympiacos
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'Olympiacos belong with the stars of the Champions League'
An Olympiacos home game in the Champions League is the kind of moment you may never get to replicate. As you wake up on the morning of the...
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14 September 2011, Dinamo Zagreb
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Real Madrid
‘We gave Real Madrid hell and an everlasting memory’
It was a day like no other. And as it slowly turned into evening, then night, you could smell history in the making. For the first time...
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Crvena zvevda
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‘Fans hope the club is returning to where it belongs’
Watching Crvena zvezda in the Champions League is a great experience. Every Champions League game at the Rajko Mitić Stadium is a special...
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2 October 2019, Zenit
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Benfica
‘You could feel the atmosphere of a big match’
A Champions League night in St Petersburg! After five long seasons, I was finally able to walk to our new stadium and witness the best...
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11 December 2019, Shakhtar
Shakhtar Donetsk
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Atalanta
'We always dream of playing Champions League in spring'
Every December, fans in Ukraine cherish the dream of Champions League football the following spring. This year it was not to be, as a...
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23 October 2019, Inter
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Dortmund
‘After the magical anthem, the moment arrives’
I’m getting ready to leave the office and the clock shows 4pm as I head outside. The weather is perfect: it’s not too cold, so I can wear...
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5 March 2019, Ajax
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Ajax
'My heartbeat was over 200bpm and I couldn't stop smiling'
I had come home from football training and was getting ready to go to a party. While putting on some clothes, I started watching Real...
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26 February 2020, Real Madrid
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Manchester City
It is a mild spring-like evening in Madrid. The streets around the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, in the Spanish capital’s financial district...
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25 February 2020, Chelsea
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Bayern München
I felt confident after our dominant performance against Tottenham on the weekend but, most of all, I was excited. Excited to watch my team...
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26 February 2020, Lyon
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Juventus
Olympique Lyonnais were coming up against the mighty Juventus. After a poor season in the French league, the firing of our manager and a...
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25 February 2020
Napoli
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Barcelona
For the past month, everything here in Napoli has been about Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi – past and present, Napoli and Barça’s finest...
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19 February 2020, Atalanta
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Valencia
In the days before Atalanta v Valencia, the main talking point in Bergamo wasn’t the match itself. Nor was it predictions or expectations...
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19 February 2020, Tottenham
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RB Leipzig
My dad and I arrived in London after catching the train from Peterborough to King’s Cross. Then we got the tube to Seven Sisters before...
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18 February 2020, Dortmund
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Paris Saint-Germain
We leave Bavaria at 6am, 500km from Dortmund; our seven-hour journey is even longer than that of some of the Parisian fans’, as one...
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18 February 2020, Atlético
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Liverpool
It’s finally Tuesday. It feels like forever since the draw in December, when we found out we’d be playing Liverpool. It’s not just any...
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Napoli
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‘You want the world to see your city, not just your team’
Hunger. It’s hunger that moves everything on these European nights in the azure lion’s den: the Stadio San Paolo. Naples is a hungry...
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5 November 2019, Valencia
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‘Once I’m in Mestalla, I get goose bumps. I’m home’
It’s Tuesday night. Valencia are hosting Lille at Mestalla. Not many stadiums can say that they scare their visitors – but Valencia’s is...
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1 June 2019, Tottenham
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‘I could feel excitement competing with stress’
The alarm starts beeping. In 14 hours’ time the club I have supported for the past 18 years could possibly be European...
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26 November 2019, Real Madrid
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‘Everyone arrives early for the Champions League anthem’
Masses of people swarm through the streets, chanting for their team and waving their sparklers, filling the air with red smoke as if...
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Paris Saint-Germain
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‘All visiting teams feel the power from our fans’
Walking into the Parc des Princes is an experience like no other. The roar of the fans, the smell of the grass, the vibrations...
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19 September 2018, Lyon
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‘It was tense but you could feel something was brewing’
I have been following Lyon for over ten years now – and my most recent exciting Champions League night with them was...
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12 March 2019, Manchester City
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‘It’s a new adventure for us… we’re not impostors after all’
A scoreline of 7-0 sounds like a kids’ football match, where one side is clearly older, or bigger, or has more players than the other...
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1 June 2019, Liverpool
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‘I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life’
It’s 01:00 and me, my little brother and my dad are squeezed together on a graffitied stone bench, eating in stunned silence. It’s...
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3 April 2018, Juventus
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‘Goals like this have an eternal value, fixed in the mind’
It was 2018 when me and three of my friends decided to spend all our savings to go and see a Champions League quarter-final...
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11 December 2019, Bayern
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‘We can’t really control what we love’
Can you imagine your life living more than 800km from your true love? Well, for me it doesn't sound that dramatic: I grew up in...
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10 December 2019, Barcelona
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‘The city was ready for someone incomparable’
I was wondering whether he was going to play or not. Then I decided that I really didn’t care, as long as he travelled with the team...
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10 May 2017, Atlético
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‘The kind of magic that only occurs in the rain’
This isn’t a story of a heroic comeback (although I wish it was), nor a 5-0 walk in the park. Instead it’s about something much...
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24 April 2012, Chelsea
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‘To say I was nervous was an understatement’
As a Chelsea fan, there are countless memories associated with the Champions League, from John Terry’s slip on that rainy ...
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10 December 2019, Dortmund
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‘The Yellow Wall is bouncing and having a great time’
I am sitting on the train to Dortmund. Three guys my age are sitting in my section, as well as a woman and two older men. All of us...
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11 December 2019, Atalanta
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‘It always seemed like an impossible dream’
Ask an Atalanta fan about playing in the Champions League and they’ll say that it has always seemed like an impossible dream...
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