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Thursday, 13 August 2009

FC Barcelona v Manchester United, 1994-5, Champions League

Manchester United fans cover your eyes; this game was not a happy event for those of a red persuasion. Alex Ferguson would refer to this game as a watershed in his Manchester United team's European education. In fairness, Sir Eck was hampered by the 3 foreigner rule but opted to drop Schmeichel - I can still remember his face as he looked on helplessly as his team got hammered. It doesn't seem that long ago to me, but the group stages were filled with league champions only and Utd and Barca were joined by IFK Gothenburg and Galatasaray. After a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, Utd travelled to Barcelona to play in front of a 120,000 capacity crowd.
Stoichkov and Romario would score in the first half and then Stoichkov and Ferrer would score in the second to complete the 4-0 scoreline. Despite the impressive display, Barca would go out meekly to PSG in the quarter finals. Manchester United failed to qualify from the group stage.
So to the "programme"; in reality it's an A5 paper leaflet, 4 pages in length. However, the Spanish are not big on their football programmes.
The first page simply shows the current standings (click to enlarge) and that night's games. The middle page spread gives a lowdown on Manchester United, their manager, key players, squad and tactics. Looking at this page it just emphasises what Alex Ferguson has done for United- he has pretty much doubled their trophy tally in his 25 years at the club. It's clear that Barca Expected Man U to start with Schmeichel, Bruce, Parker, Pallister, Irwin, Kanchelskis, Ince, Keane, Butt, Scholes, Hughes.
The last page gives the remaining fixtures, and no, I've no idea what the section entitled "La Borsa" is all about; answers on a postcard please...




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