Olympique Lyon's victory on Saturday evening in the quarter finals of the Champions League against Manchester City is a first. For the first time in the history of the million dollar ball, there is no club from England, Spain or Italy in the last four.
It is also the first time that two French clubs - besides Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain is still in the tournament - are in the semi-finals of the Champions League, which had its first edition in the 1992/1993 season.
The European Cup I, the predecessor of the Champions League, had no English, Italian or Spanish representation in the last four in the 1990/1991 season. At the time, Olympique Marseille, Spartak Moscow, Bayern Munich and the later winner Red Star were the semi-finalists.
The dominance of the Italy, Spain and England is mainly due to the latter two countries. Since 1996, at least one Spanish and / or English club has always been present in the semi-finals. 24 years ago Ajax, FC Nantes, Panathinaikos and the later winner Juventus were among the last four.
Summary historical duel FC Barcelona-Bayern Munich (2-8)
Messi and Ronaldo are missing after fifteen years
The elimination of FC Barcelona by Bayern Munich already set a milestone on Friday. For the first time since 2005, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have not made it to the semi-finals.
In the past fourteen seasons, at least one of the two world stars has always been there in the semi-finals. For Messi this was the case nine times (with Barcelona) and Ronaldo was present on behalf of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus eleven times.
The semi-finals of the Champions League will be played in Lisbon on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday at 9 p.m., Paris Saint-Germain will play in Estádio da Luz against RB Leipzig and Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Estádio José Alvalade, the kick-off will be at Bayern Munich against Olympique Lyon.
Spanish, Italian and English club at last four CL in the last ten years
- 2019 (3): Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, FC Barcelona
- 2018 (3): Real Madrid, Liverpool and AS Roma
- 2017 (3): Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid and Juventus
- 2016 (3): Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City
- 2015 (3): Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus
- 2014 (3): Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Chelsea
- 2013 (2): Real Madrid and FC Barcelona
- 2012 (3): Chelsea, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona
- 2011 (3): Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid
- 2010 (2): Internazionale and FC Barcelona
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