You know you knew Milan-Liverpool when ...

It’s an anomaly as crazy as it is legendary: AC Milan and Liverpool have crossed swords only twice in their history, and it was always on the highest step of the cup with the big ears. Fifteen years after all that, the two giants of European football find themselves in the group stage of the Champions League for a beautiful which will inevitably have less prestige. It must be said that water has flowed under the bridges, but the memories are intact. You, you know that you knew the Milan-Liverpool when …

By Jérémie Baron
Wednesday September 15thModified Wednesday September 15th at 10:22 AM

… you know revenge is a dish that has time to cool for 728 days.

… you knew football in the clear. And without ads between team lineups and kickoff.

… and TF1 without Nicolas Canteloup, too.

… it’s the last time you saw Milan at a level worthy of the name in the European Cup.

… you remember that Yoann Gourcuff, Djimi Traoré and Djibril Cissé (in underwear) are European champions. Not Zlatan Ibrahimović.

… you used to collect Oufballs.

… you knew Rafa Benítez when he was popular.

… you have not forgotten that a few months before their coronation in Athens, Milan fell in San Siro against Peter Odemwingie’s LOSC.

… you wonder why the Bundesliga is presented as the big hitting championship, when Vladimír Šmicer has never played there.

… you know that the capital of fashion was also that of football in 2006-2007.

… two goals in twenty Serie A matches, and two in a Champions League final: you never wanted Filippo Inzaghi to choose his matches.

… and you’ve never seen someone equal it when it comes to celebrating at the corner post, either.

… besides, Super Pippo goals commented by Thierry Gilardi, you could eat them every day. Sniff.

… you knew the time when 200 views on YouTube, it was a buzz.

… you know that in 2004-2005 as in 2006-2007, the course of the future champion could very well have ended in the third qualifying round, facing Grazer AK or Red Star Belgrade.

… you have been a supporter of Liverpool Football Club for sixteen years, even though you have never set foot at Anfield.

… you know that the “Pink Star”, sold for more than $ 71.2 million in 2017, is worth nothing against the Pirlo-Seedorf-Gattuso-Kaká diamond.

… you are nostalgic for what football was like just before the advent of the sport’s two monsters.

… of this spring 2007, you have not forgotten the semi-final Milan-Manchester United either.

… and you also remember that three English clubs occupied the last four at the time, but none of them touched the trophy.

… you are against violence. But if you have to go to war, you go with Dirk Kuyt.

… the nursery at home or in public places, you don’t give a damn. On the other hand, do not touch the Christmas tree.

… you know you shouldn’t burn bear skin before you’ve sold it.

… one, two, three, four, five C1: you learned to count on your fingers with Paolo Maldini.

… you wonder what becomes of Alberto Gilardino.

… you never went to bed at half-time in a game again.

… you have the feeling that Milan-Liverpool are a classic of the C1, whereas there have been more Beşiktaş-Porto in the history of the competition.

… you were listening to Green Day and Fall Out Boy on your MP3 player.

… you knew that no matter what, the 2007 remake couldn’t match the original.

… you wore your Total 90 even to go to school.

… you think we forgot him a little too quickly, Dida.

… to the 80e minute of France-Switzerland, you knew that nothing was done.

… you are a fan of Steven Gerrard, and the disappearance of Phil Collins at the Parc des Princes logically made you twist.

… you know Andriy Shevchenko scored a goal, but Jerzy Dudek stopped it.

… and on Monday morning, you have the same motivation as Sheva when it comes to kicking a shot on goal.

… if you could travel in time and space, no hesitation: you would set up the DeLorean to disembark at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, in the locker room of Reds, le 25 mai 2005.

By Jérémie Baron

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