Retro Recap: Real Madrid’s 7-2 Demolition of Valladolid

Our romp through the 2003/04 season continues. After checking in on Ronaldinho at Barca we’re crossing the Clasico divide. A certain David Beckham had joined the Galacticos party in the summer of 2003. Los Blancos had already picked up their first silverware of the season (the Spanish Super Cup) and were hosting Valladolid on the third matchday of the season.

Some further reading:

The full match is available on footballia, highlights below:

Football Bloody Hell, Or: CL Final 1998/99, Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (S01E07.2)

If you’ve never watched this match before and don’t know what happened, stop reading and hit play.

If you’ve seen the match, the familiar beats are most likely etched into your mind. At least that’s how it went for us. The question then is, does the match as a whole hold up?

So before we spoil anything, this is part two of our episode on the Champions League Final 1998/99 contested in Barcelona between England’s Manchester United & Germany’s Bayern Munich.

The minutes, in case you want to jump around:

  • 0:01:45 The setting: kits, referee team, commentary in England & Germany
  • 0:07:00 Elo ratings, line-ups
  • 0:13:30 Atmosphere, early approach,
  • 0:17:00 First blood to Bayern c/o Mario Basler, United’s response
  • 0:24:15 Indecisiveness from both sides, Beckham’s role
  • 0:31:00 Bayern’s midfield formation, United revving up before half-time
  • 0:38:00 Half-time thoughts
  • 0:42:00 Bayern come out stronger
  • 0:51:00 Momentum building for United
  • 0:59:00 Sheringham on, formation shift for United
  • 1:08:15 Matthäus off, Solskjaer on, Bayern power-play
  • 1:18:30 Name on the trophy &  into the promised land
  • 1:25:00 Trophy presentation & celebrations, Awards
  • 1:31:00 Aftermath, in the lion’s den
  • 1:36:15 Bayern’s end to the season, United’s trip to Brazil

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The full match can be found here (1st half, 2nd half). Though you might be best served with the 5 minute injury time highlights:

Full Speed Ahead Barcelona, Or: The CL Season 1998/99 In Review (S01E07.1)

We’ve made it. The match we’ve been working towards. The mother of all comebacks. Of course we went so far down the rabbit hole, that we split the episode up.

In Part One we cover the Champions League season 1998/99, and in detail the path the finalists took to get to Barcelona: Manchester United of England and Bayern Munich of Germany. Topics include Beckham’s summer ’98, the managerial musical chairs of Munich and the learning curve of United’s Class of ’92. Throw in some extra tangents and you end up with a stand-alone episode and a great nostalgia trip.

The minutes, in case you want to jump around:

  • 0:00:00 Memories of the night
  • 0:05:45 England’s exit at France ’98, backlash against Beckham
  • 0:12:45 United’s mentality under Ferguson, missing out on silverware in ’97/98, re-tooling
  • 0:20:40 CL format, qualifiers
  • 0:24:00 State of Bayern Munich in the 90s (managers and performances)
  • 0:35:00 Enter Hitzfeld
  • 0:42:00 Group D for death (United vs Bayern I & II)
  • 0:53:30 Knock-out draw, Quarter-finals (United vs Inter, Bayern vs Kaiserslautern)
  • 1:04:00 United in the CL before ’98/99 retrospective
  • 1:11:30 Semi-finals, United vs Juve
  • 1:16:30 Bayern vs Kiev, a Basler restrospective
  • 1:24:00 End of the season run-ins

As full games go, here’s the match that sent United to Barcelona – their semi-final win in Turin: