Thursday, May 23, 2013
Shootouts at the European Cup Final
By Zachary Singer, ESPN Stats & Info
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund meet on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in an all-German UEFA Champions League Final. The two Bundesliga sides are familiar with one another, suggesting that a penalty shootout may be required to decide the final. The last two UEFA Champions League Finals which pitted domestic rivals against one another were decided by a shootout, in 2008 (Manchester United-Chelsea) and 2003 (AC Milan-Juventus).
The final has gone to penalties on ten occasions. Bucharest goalkeeper Helmut Duckadam stopping all four Barcelona penalties in 1986, a marathon shootout between Bayern Munich and Valencia in 2001, Liverpool’s 2005 comeback over AC Milan - these are just some of the final’s iconic moments via penalties.
While you wait for the final, take an interactive look at all 10 shootouts in the history of the European Cup Final in the visualization below.