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The 1999 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match between Manchester United of England and Bayern Munich of Germany, played at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, on 26 May 1999, to determine the winner of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League. It is remembered for injury time goals from Manchester United’s Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær, which cancelled out Mario Basler’s early goal to give Manchester United a 2–1 win. United’s victory completed a treble-winning season, after they had won the Premier League and FA Cup. Bayern were also playing for a treble, having won the Bundesliga and reached the DFB-Pokal final, although they went on to lose that match. Referee Pierluigi Collina has cited this match as one of the most memorable of his career, and described the noise from the crowd at the end of the game as being like a “lion’s roar”.
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FC Bayern Munich won a historic double, clinching its first European Cup victory for more than 25 years, as well as clinching its third consecutive league title. The Champions League title was a sweet revenge for the shocking late defeat to Manchester United in the final two years before.
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The 2001 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at San Siro in Milan, Italy, on 23 May 2001, to decide the winner of the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League. The match pitted Bayern Munich against Valencia. The match finished in a 1–1 draw, but Bayern clinched their fourth title by winning 5–4 on penalties. This was also their first European Cup title in a quarter-century, also representing Valencia’s second consecutive final defeat (2000 and 2001). Due to all the goals scored by penalties and the penalty shootout needed to decide the winner, this UEFA Champions League match became an “all-penalty” final and the only one ever to happen to this day. The 2001 final saw the two previous seasons’ losing finalists clash, Bayern Munich lost to Manchester United in the 1999 final and Valencia lost to Real Madrid in the 2000 final. This was the sixth European Cup final to be decided on penalties, and the second under the Champions League format. This was Héctor Cúper’s third consecutive European final defeat (after his Mallorca side lost the 1999 Cup Winners’ Cup Final and Valencia lost to Real Madrid in the 2000 Champions League final) while Ottmar Hitzfeld claimed his second Champions League title after he won it with Borussia Dortmund in 1997. He became the second coach in European Cup history, after Ernst Happel, to win the competition with two clubs.
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The 2001 Intercontinental Cup was a football match played on 27 November 2001 between Bayern Munich, winners of the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, and defending champions Boca Juniors, winners of the 2001 Copa Libertadores. The match was played at the neutral venue of the National Stadium in Tokyo in front of 51,360 fans. Bayern Munich won 1-0 and Samuel Kuffour who score the winning goal, was named as man of the match.
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During the season 2001-2002 the team used the Adidas Terrestra Silverstream ball. The ball was originally the official match ball of the European Championship in 2000 which was held in The Netherlands and Belgium. Following their tradition of naming footballs based on the host nations, the name “Terrestra” was given to this football to represent the waterways and transport routes of Belgium and Holland.
As far as the term “Silverstream” is concerned, the waterways mentioned above glisten brightly in the sun. Due to this quality, the locals call them as Silver streams. Thus, the whole name Terrestra Silverstream was derived from the local passageways and the terminology which was adopted by the local citizens to describe them. Taking the cue from the Euro 1996 official match ball, Adidas made the Terrestra Silverstream softer and lighter. This was done to improve the midair movement of the ball, which had resulted in more goals in the preceding European tournament. In order to give this ball a softer outlook, such synthetic foam panels were used in its outer layers which were ergonomically manufactured. Therefore, in addition to satisfying the demands of their users, Adidas revealed their nature as a worker-friendly company by making Terrestra Silverstream. Inside, the ball was made of a layer of micro balloons which were compressed. This was done to distribute the impact of strike evenly on all parts of the ball. Consequently, Adidas eliminated the unpredictability in the midair movement of this ball by giving it a faster flight path. However, as exemplified by the goal of Luis Figo against England in the Championships – in which the ball moved wickedly after getting a deflection, this ball had some side effects which were addressed by Adidas in the coming years.
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FC Bayern Munich failed to defend either the league or Champions League titles won in the previous season, finishing third in Bundesliga and losing out to eventual champions Real Madrid in the quarter final. Its reaction to the losses was signing Michael Ballack and Zé Roberto from Champions League finalists Bayer Leverkusen, as well as Sebastian Deisler form Hertha Berlin, with the midfield being singled out as the key area in which the side needed to improve upon. Bayern won the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo (Japan) on November 26th defeating Boca Juniors 1-0. The team was instead defeated by Liverpool 3-2 in the Uefa Super Cup Final which took place in Montecarlo on Aug.24th.