A Second Division club just two years earlier, Forest made its rapid ascent to European supremacy with a memorable gamble: spending the team's winnings from its First Division title in 1978 and making Trevor Francis the first £1 million footballer in February '79. The problem? UEFA rules precluded the striker from playing in European matches for three months after his signing, meaning Francis couldn't play unless Forest advanced to the final. Which it did. The fairy-tale ending came against Malmo of Sweden in Munich, Germany, where Francis (who else?) headed home the winner in Forest's unlikely 1-0 triumph.
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1967 | Celtic 2, Inter Milan 1
Celtic became the first British winners of the European Cup when Steve Chalmers fired home an 85th-minute winner to break a 1-1 deadlock against a cautious Italian side in Lisbon. It was a deserved victory for the Hoops, who generated an incredible 42 chances on the day.
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2006 | Barcelona 2, Arsenal 1
Jens Lehmann went more than 850 minutes without conceding a goal during Arsenal's run to Paris, earning Champions League Goalkeeper of the Year Honors. But in the 18th minute of the highly anticipated showdown against Barcelona, the German national exchanged his hero's laurels for goat horns, charging from the box on a breakaway, committing a sloppy foul and becoming the first player to be sent off in a Champions League final. The 10-man Gunners actually went ahead on a Sol Campbell header and held their 1-0 advantage deep into the second half. But late strikes from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti (pictured) propelled the Catalans to a 2-1 victory and their second-ever European Cup.
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1956 | Real Madrid 4, Stade de Reims 3
The champions of Spain and France took center stage when the first-ever competition for European club supremacy reached its climax in Paris. The inaugural European Cup final lived up to lofty expectations, with Alfredo di Stéfano (pictured) and Real Madrid rallying from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to secure a dramatic 4-3 victory on a 67th-minute winner from Marcos Alonso Imaz.
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1968 | Manchester United 4, Benfica 1
Ten years after the death of eight Manchester United players in the Munich air disaster, the English champions met Portugal's Benfica in an emotional semi-home fixture at Wembley Stadium. Bobby Charlton's opener put United ahead but Jaime Graça's equalizer in the 75th minute sent the match to extra time. That's when the superior fitness of the English club helped United secure a 4-1 victory on goals from George Best (pictured at right, in the 93rd minute), Brian Kidd (94th) and a second from Charlton (99th).
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1972 | Ajax 2, Inter Milan 0
The ultimate contrast of styles pitted Ajax's fluid "Total Football" against Inter's soporific, defensive-minded <i>catenaccio</i>. A brilliant pair of goals from Johan Cruyff (pictured) helped the Dutch club to a 2-0 victory in Rotterdam -- and the second of its three consecutive European Cups.
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1994 | AC Milan 4, Barcelona 0
Cruyff -- himself a European Cup superstar as a player -- brought his star-studded Barcelona side into Athens as decided favorites over AC Milan. The Italians were without star defenders Franco Baresi and Alessando Costacurta (suspended) as well as Florin Raducioiu, Jean-Pierre Papin and Brian Laudrup, unable to play due to a UEFA regulation saying a team could employ only three non-nationals. Perhaps out of desperation, Milan manager Fabio Capello employed an uncharacteristic attacking strategy -- and it paid off handsomely. The Rossoneri brought a 2-0 lead into halftime on a pair of Daniele Massaro strikes and doubled their advantage on goals from Dejan Savićević and Marcel Desailly (pictured).
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1960 | Real Madrid 7, Eintracht Frankfurt 3
Real earned an unprecedented fifth straight European Cup in the highest-scoring final in competition history. A crowd of 135,000 at Glasgow's Hampden Park witnessed Ferenc Puskás pump in four goals for the Spaniards with di Stéfano (far right) chipping in three. They remain the lone players to notch a hat trick in a European Cup or Champions League final.
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1999 | Manchester United 2, Bayern Munich 1
One of the most devastating reversals in Champions League history came at Barcelona's Camp Nou, when Bayern Munich brought a 1-0 advantage into stoppage time. With celebrations already underway in the stands and in Germany, Teddy Sheringham fired home a dramatic equalizer. With thousands of Munich fans setting down for 30 minutes of extra time, United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doubled their dread with a 93rd-minute winner off Sheringham's header from a David Beckham cross to clinch an unprecedented treble for United.
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2005 | Liverpool 3, AC Milan 3 (Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties)
Known simply as The Miracle of Istanbul, Liverpool trailed its emboldened Italian foe 3-0 after halftime and appeared destined for a humiliating defeat at the Atatürk Stadium. But three goals in six minutes -- from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso -- helped put the Reds back on level terms with the Italians. The sides turned to penalties following a half-hour of extra time, where Jerzy Dudek's heroics in goal helped Liverpool secure its fifth European Cup.
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