Dez. Zinédine Zidane, CL-Finale Real Madrid vs Leverkusen, Zinédine Zidane nimmt beim Spielstand von eine Flanke von Roberto. Juni Mit diesem spektakulären Volleytreffer sorgte Zinédine Zidane im für einem -Triumph von Real Madrid CF über Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 0. Seine Flanke verwandelte Zidane mit einem herrlichen Drehschuss aus 15 Metern direkt in den rechten Torwinkel. Einen Moment lang hatte Leverkusen den.
I tried in training, but it never happened. It was perfect the day it happened. For those lucky enough to have been there on that night in Scotland, it was a strike that has remained vivid and beautiful in the memory, regardless of how many great finishes have happened since.
As Raul, another great Real Madrid player who scored in that victory, later said: Through interviews with players, coach, journalists and ground staff, here lies an oral history of the goal that some have said made one of the greatest and most decorated players of his generation a Real Madrid legend.
TO say that there was a lot riding on the Champions League sounds trite, but everywhere you looked in Glasgow in May ,there seemed to be all-or-nothing potential.
It was a chance to repay that faith with some glory, and it was also an opportunity for him to complete his collection of the game's most significant trophies, having already won the World Cup and European Championships with France, he had lost his past two Champions League finals with Juve.
Ominously, Real Madrid had finished third in La Liga behind Valencia and Deportivo la Coruna, and had also lost to Deportivo in the Copa del Rey final -- not what the storied club had hoped for in their centenary season.
There were some parallels in Leverkusen's position, too. Klaus Toppmoller's team had also narrowly missed out on their two main national trophies, the Bundesliga and the German Cup, but any pressure they felt was of an entirely different nature.
Real Madrid were expected to collect silverware every year, while the German team were that season's surprise package. They had never reached the Champions League final before, and it was their last chance at tangible glory after winning the hearts of many on their way to Hampden.
Santi Solari, Real Madrid midfielder It was a celebration year because it was the th anniversary of the most important club in the world.
We knew we needed to win something big, and we had a last chance to make it happen in the Champions League. We also knew "Zizou" was lacking that trophy and he was eager to earn it.
We were Real Madrid: In a year like that, we had to win it to avoid disappointing people and the history of the club. Steve McManaman, Real Madrid midfielder It was a difficult campaign, and we had lost in the semifinals the year before -- there was always a lot of pressure to get to the final.
Zidane was our major signing; he had the silly title of Galactico and had come in for a world record fee. He'd had a fairly subdued first year at the club and had played in about five different positions as Madrid tried to fit him in somewhere.
We signed the greatest player in the world, but he had struggled for a bit of form and confidence; because it was his first year and we didn't win the league that year, there was pressure.
Isaac Morillas, Real Madrid member for more than 30 years: Perhaps the beginning of the season was not so good [for Zidane] -- it took a bit of time for him to adjust to the club -- but his superb class could be seen by anyone who knows about anything about football.
It wasn't a good season for Madrid even though it was a team with lots of star names such as Raul, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo and Zidane. But Leverkusen had come to the fore by beating Manchester United in the semifinals, robbing Sir Alex Ferguson of the dream Glasgow final, which had seemed to have been written in the stars.
Jens Nowotny, Bayer Leverkusen captain in ; injured for the final, he watched the game on TV in Colorado after an operation: Getting to the final is the result of the work of two seasons: We had two seasons preparing for this match.
It was the biggest game in the careers for a lot of people in our team. Some players can only imagine playing in the final of the Champions League.
For local flavour, there were also members of Celtic's Lisbon Lions team and all the stardust seemed to work its magic on the city as a whole; fans of Madrid, Leverkusen and Scottish clubs sung songs and enjoyed the buildup in the city centre together.
It wasn't just Real Madrid's, or Leverkusen's game, it was also Glasgow's. Real Madrid went into the game as clear favourites, but Leverkusen were capable of springing a surprise, with players such as Michael Ballack, Bernd Schneider, Lucio and Dimitar Berbatov in their ranks.
Indeed, they had landed victories against Deportivo, Juventus, Barcelona and Liverpool on the way to the final.
People now might wonder how a team like Leverkusen could reach the final, but they were good; they knocked out Manchester United.
They were a team full of quality players. We [Real Madrid] were confident and knew we were favourites, but also knew it would be difficult.
It was a balanced game and both teams were careful at the start: Madrid had the weapon of the Roberto Carlos throw-in. He took one early in the game and Raul sort of scuffed it to get the first goal, and Lucio equalised soon after.
You thought you had the perfect start to the final, but it never quite took off. AFTER the first 15 minutes, when the initial goals were scored, it was a pedestrian first half.
Madrid came under a little pressure, and both sides threatened sporadically, but there had been little more than half-chances as the game seemed to be fading towards the break.
Then came Zidane's goal on the stroke of half-time, completely out of the blue. It wasn't a great move; it was just a long ball down the side from Solari to Roberto Carlos, who sort of hooked it in with his left foot.
It wasn't as if he saw Zizou and picked him out with a great cross. But it was the style, the way Zidane connected with the ball so well with his so-called weaker foot, and the arc of the ball as it flew in.
I sent a good pass considering the space I had, and I knew Roberto [Carlos] very well, knew when to give him the ball. My pass for another player would have been a bad one, but because he was so fast he reached it.
He directed his pass as best he could towards another white shirt. It wasn't a bad cross like everybody says. It was the best cross he could have given with the speed of my pass.
It all went so fast, I didn't have time to think, but I had a great view of the goal -- better than any of the cameras. I saw him aiming and when you see him start to make that movement, you know he is going to shoot.
It was a one-in-a-lifetime, a magical technical gesture. I hit a bad cross, and then the ball fell perfectly for Zizou's not best foot. It was a great goal.
Very few times have I seen such a lovely goal. Klaus Toppmoller, Bayer Leverkusen coach It was, for the spectators, one of the best goals in a Champions League final.
Technically, it was very hard for him. It was high, and only someone like Zidane could have hit it like that.
Zidane's goal was, technically, perfect. Nobody expected he would score like that in that kind of situation. Normally a player would take the ball and try to do something, but not shoot directly.
The goalkeeper and defence were surprised. You can say the best player in the world scored, and nobody should be sad about that, but it was one of only three chances Real Madrid had.
It was great to see the goal but not against our team. Tim Collings , former Reuters football correspondent: I've seen it again on TV since, but at the time, those of us who were there were slightly stunned by the dramatic impact of the goal and the sheer artistic beauty of it.
It was magnificent, and in terms of clinical artistry, it was one of the greatest. I can still close my eyes and see it.
I happened to see it perfectly because my seat was in that corner of the stands, really close to the pitch. When I saw Carlos' cross, I thought, "that's a terrible cross" and expected the ball to go to Bayer.
Then I saw Zidane positioning himself to try a volley and the rest is just incredulity, amazement.
A truly awesome goal. I don't think anybody expected him to hit the shot. Carlos was obviously only just getting to the ball and did his best to get it into the box.
It was a high ball and didn't look like it was intended for him. I thought he would maybe try to control it or head it.
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