The UEFA Champions League is Europe's biggest club football competition which cut across all football clubs in countries under UEFA. The competition is played by top four clubs in European leagues for each season.
The 2012 UEFA Champions League Final was played on the 19 of May 2012 in Germany between FC Bayern Munich and Chelsea FC of England. However, Chelsea Football Club and its Squad for that final is our focus.
The 2012 Final was hosted by the Allainz Arena, Bayern Munich own backyard. Bayern were making their ninth appearance at final of the Champions League while Chelsea were making their second appearance as finalists.
Match programme cover
The two giants qualifed top of their groups; on their way to the final Bayern beats Basel, Marseille and Real Madrid, while Chelsea on the other hand defeated Napoli, Benfica and the 2011 defending champions Barcelona.
Both Chelsea and Bayern had a number of key players missing due to suspensions, missing for Bayern are David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo, while Chelsea were without Branislav Ivanović, Raul Meireles, Ramires and John Terry.
Bayern were put in front by a late Thomas Mueller header, but the King of finals Didier Drogba (man of the match) equalizer with just some minutes left to the end of the match pushing it into extra time.
The German were awarded a penalty after Drogba brought down Ribery in Chelsea goal area, the Flying Dutchman (Arjen Robben) stepped up for the spot kick but was saved by UEFA's Fans Man of the Match (Petr Cech).
Robben's kick saved by Cech
The match was dominated by Bayern Munich from start to finish. The match ended 1:1 after the extra time and Chelsea eventually won 4:3 on penalty after loosing to Manchester United on penalty in 2008.
Enroute to the final nobody ever tipped Chelsea to win the UEFA Champions League that year as they were struggling back home in the Premier League which led to the sack of Andreas Villa Boas. It was an ex Blues man Roberto Di Mateo that did the impossible by winning the Champions League and an FA Cup as an Interim Manager of the club.
Meet Chelsea's 2012 Champions League Winning Squad
Ashley Cole: Yeah that's the smile of a Champion! One of the world's best left back during his prime. He did a lot in keeping Ribery silent.
Jose Bosingwa: Was also instrumental and hard-working on that night.
Branislav Ivanovic: Ever reliable when called upon. He was Luiz partner in the heart of the defence for that night.
Ryan Bertrand: was given his first Champions League appearance ahead of Malouda who was just recovering from an injury.
Petr Cech: was hero on that night and would always be a cult hero in Stamford Bridge. He was also voted UEFA Fans Man of the Match on that night.
Juan Mata: Mister incredible, the play maker.
Didier Drogba: Legendary Drogba was UEFA Man of the Match. The scorer of the equalizing goal and the winning spot kick. The Chelsea king of finals.
David Luiz: one Chelsea's most outstanding players on that night he was very crucial to Chelsea's victory. Mister no nonsense.
Gary Cahill: played a very vital role in that defence. He along his partner Luiz combined to stop Mueller and Gomez.
John Obi Mikel: He became an integral member of that winning squad right from the Round of 14. Stopping attack at the Midfield. He proved to the world that he is one of the best holding midfielders in Chelsea's history with his tackling and ball winning displays.
Frank Lampard: Super Frankie is he popularly called led Chelsea to their first ever Champions League Final victory complementing both the attack and defence that glorious night.
Saloman Kalou: One of Chelsea's mercurial wingers and strikers. He was part of those assisting Chelsea frontline on that memorable night.
Roberto Di Mateo: Champions League Winning Coach who did the impossible. He became Chelsea Interim Manager leading them to triumph despite the club struggling in the Premier League that. He also won the FA Cup with them.
Hope you enjoyed it. What was your most memorable moment that night?
As a Nigerian I was so proud of John Obi Mikel for his displays as Chelsea's Defencive Midfielder. And you?
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