Published on May 23rd, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb
Liverpool Looking For Champions League Glory
It’s a fruitful year for football fans with Manchester City celebrating winning the Premier League title and Chelsea attaining the FA Cup. The fast approaching World Cup will see countries around the world battling on a pitch to win the coveted cup, and many of those playing for their nations will be present at the Champions League final in Ukraine on Saturday.
The two teams that have managed to play their way into the prestigious final are both experienced teams when it comes to the Champion’s League. Spain’s Real Madrid are seeking a third win in three years whereas England’s Liverpool are making their return to the finals for the first time since 2007.
Both teams feature exceptional players who will be giving their all to bring home the trophy. Real Madrid of course will feature the world’s highest paid athlete, and one of the greatest footballers ever seen, in Cristiano Ronaldo. They are also coming into the competition a truly titled team, with 12 European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles while being managed by the French superstar Zinedine Zidane.
Liverpool Hoping To Repeat 2005
England’s hope rests on the shoulders of Liverpool, managed by German manager Jürgen Klopp. A club with an equally rich history at winning titles, with 5 European Cups/UEFA Champions League titles and 7 FA Cups amongst others. Featured in the Liverpool team will be the FIFA Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah, who scored a record 32 goals in his 36 Premier League games.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will also feature for the Reds, only a week after the announcement of his inclusion in the England World Cup squad as the youngest member. Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino and Senegalese winger Sadio Mané are just some of the members of Liverpool who will also be representing their teams at the World Cup.
The last time Liverpool won a Champion’s League final was in 2005, when they staged an epic comeback from 3-0 down against A.C. Milan to eventually win on penalties. It became known as the Miracle of Istanbul, with many regarding the final as one of the greatest finals in the competition’s history.
Celebrate Liverpool’s Success With Football Heroes
With a large footballing history, it’s no surprise that England has seen many football players rise to prominence both in their own clubs and internationally. The Football Heroes Miniature Sheet features 11 special stamps that showcase some legends of the pitch.
These include John Barnes, regarded a great footballer and the hugely influential Liverpool player Kevin Keegan. As well as this, Bobby Moore, who led England to World Cup glory in 1966 and the man widely regarded as the best English footballer, Bobby Charlton, are also featured.
But for Liverpool fans in particular, there is perhaps a special place for manager Bill Shankly, featured on the Great Britons Bill Shankly Stamps First Day Cover. Under his leadership, Liverpool won three First Division titles, two FA cups and one UEFA cup. It is also signed by Sir Roger Hunt, who was for a long period Liverpool’s record goalscorer with 286 goals.