“Jürgen Klopp’s success rate in European finals is 20% (P5 W1,L4),” notes James Smith. “Is there a manager with a worse record that has played a similar number of European finals?”
Yes, is the quick resolution – however the Liverpool supervisor is in just right corporate with one Champions League ultimate win from 4. And take into account, you’ve were given to get to such a lot of finals within the first position to also be thought to be for this. Over to Dirk Maas: “Klopp has equalled Marcello Lippi’s feat during his spells with Juventus in the 1990s and 2000s. Arsène Wenger and Héctor Cúper, meanwhile, were left empty-handed from their three finals in a major Uefa club competition.”
Wenger is the king of the 0% membership: the one trainer to lose a last in all 3 of Uefa’s conventional tournaments: the Cup Winners’ Cup with Monaco (1992, misplaced to Werder Bremen) and with Arsenal, the Champions League (2006, misplaced to Barcelona) and Uefa Cup (2000, misplaced to Galatasaray). As for Cúper, he misplaced back-to-back Champions League finals with Valencia in 2000 and 2001, to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, respectively. The Argentinian additionally fell brief within the 1999 Cup Winners’ Cup ultimate with Real Mallorca, dropping 2-1 to Lazio after beating Chelsea within the semi-finals.
Dirk can upload some other 8 managers that misplaced each their main Uefa finals – with some acquainted names, and a few much less so acquainted:
Albert Batteaux (Reims, European Cup 1956 and 1959)
Scot Symon (Rangers, Cup Winners’ Cup 1961 and 1967)
Cestmir Vycpalek (Juventus, Fairs Cup 1971 and EC 1973)
Georg Kessler (AZ Alkmaar, Uefa Cup 1981; Köln, UC 1986)
Otto Baric (Rapid Vienna, CWC 1985; Salzburg, UC 1994)
Roy Hodgson (Inter, UC 1997; Fulham, Europa League 2010)
Jorge Jesus (Benfica, EL 2013 and 2014)
Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus, CL 2015 and 2017)
Never too past due
“Who was the oldest player to get signed for the first time by the club they supported as a child?” tweeted Bevan McCabe.
“Steve Claridge joined Portsmouth at the ripe old age of 32,” notes Edward Reynolds. “He went on to became player-manager in 2000 at 34, so could also be one of the youngest managers to lead his home town club.”
“I offer Chris Waddle, boyhood Sunderland fan, who finally signed for the Black Cats in March 1997 at the age of 36 years and three months,” writes Chris Charlton-Matthews. “He played seven games and was involved in every goal Sunderland scored for the rest of the season, scoring a belter of a free-kick in the last ever game at Roker Park. Sadly still not enough to keep us up, but a privilege to watch a master at work.”
Richard Powell provides Paul Jones: “He was 36 years and eight months old when he signed on an emergency loan deal for Liverpool in January 2004. Indeed, the Wales keeper jumped at the chance when he got a call from Gérard Houllier. “It was just a no-brainer,” Jones stated in 2020. “The opportunity to play for Liverpool – I don’t care if it’s one game.” In the tip, it was once two – however he saved a blank sheet at Anfield in a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
There are two Manchester United keepers additionally worthy of point out. Tom Heaton made his first-team debut as an alternative on the age of 35 in December 2021, having first performed for the academy facet elderly 14. Lee Grant was once additionally 35 when he made his United debut as an alternative, and made his complete debut in November 2019, “fulfilling a boyhood dream” at 36 years and 10 months.
But wait – Jack Hart has an excellent older outfield debutant. “Teddy Sheringham signed for West Ham in 2004, at the age of 38 years and three months.” The veteran striker netted 21 Championship targets to assist the Hammers again into the highest flight. “To have the chance to play for my boyhood club, even though I was probably past my best – I was very pleased to do that,” he stated.
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Continental trophies simplest
“Tammy Abraham has won the Champions League, Super Cup and Europa Conference League, but has no top-tier domestic titles,” notes Rob Lawshaw. “Which player has the most continental titles without a domestic one?
“Abraham joins Juan Mata (one Champions League, two Europa Leagues), Dino Baggio (three Uefa Cups), and Coke (three Europa Leagues),” writes Chai from Atlanta. “Taking this achievement a step further are two players. Spanish midfielder Vicente Iborra, part of Sevilla’s three consecutive Europa Leagues from 2013-16, won the trophy again with Villarreal. Also, Argentinian midfielder Éver Banega won the Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors before winning three Europa Leagues with Sevilla. However, neither player has won a domestic league yet.”
However, if we’re searching for gamers who’ve gained 3 other continental trophies and not using a home top-tier name, we will be able to call to mind simplest Steven Gerrard (Champions League, Uefa Cup, Super Cup) as a better half for Abraham’s feat. If we slender it right down to continental trophies and no home ones in any respect (FA Cup, League Cup, Coppa Italia and so on) then Abraham might be on his personal.
Last week, we added Nigel Spink to our listing of Cup ultimate debutants. Tim Hoult (and others) were given involved to show that Aston Villa’s largest evening was once in fact the younger keeper’s 2d look for the membership. “He started for the first time on Boxing Day 1979 and shipped two goals in a defeat against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest, who were then the European champions.” Spink needed to wait some other two-and-a-half years for a 2d probability, within the 1982 European Cup ultimate.
“Have a husband and wife ever been sent off in the same match?” puzzled Steve Turner again in 2010.
Indeed they’ve. Back in December 1999 Bristol Rovers had been taking over Oxford United within the South-west Women’s Combination league. Midway in the course of the fit an Oxford participant seemed to deal with the ball, however the referee was once unmoved. A furious Mandy Gornicki-Bond furiously protested, and was once promptly proven a crimson card, regardless of her insistence that her remarks had no longer been directed on the authentic.
The determination infuriated the Rovers supervisor, who simply took place to be Mandy’s husband, Bill. Angered by way of the perceived injustice he strode directly to the pitch to confront the authentic. Bill, a policeman and sophistication one referee, later insisted he had no longer been abusive, however he too was once despatched to the stands.
Can you assist?
“Knowing their love for Watford, has an Elton John song ever been played at Luton’s Kenilworth Road?” wonders Edward Jones.
“Is Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale the most expensive unused substitute in a European Cup final ever?” asks Albert from Vienna.
“Andreas Weimann scored his first senior Austria goal against France last week at the age of 30,” notes Niall McVeigh. “Are there any players who were older when breaking their international duck?”
“Are League Two returnees Grimsby the first team to be promoted via the playoffs having been behind in every game?” asks Mike Slattery.