The year: 1999. The date: 26th May. The location: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain. The game: FC Bayern München vs Manchester United. The competition: The UEFA Champions League Final. The context: Both sides trying to accomplish a feat that had never been accomplished before in the new European format: the impossible treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European cup. Domestically, Manchester United, under the leadership of Alex Ferguson, won the League title by a mere point over Arsenal. The victory was confirmed in a dramatic last day game against Tottenham Hotspur. 2-1 was the final score after Les Ferdinand had given Tottenham the lead; goals by David Beckham and Andy Cole (himself a half time substitute), in the first and second half respectively, secured the title in-front of the Old Trafford faithful. Domestically, but in Germany, Bayern had a much easier run of things, romping home with the league title with an outstanding fifteen points difference under the stewardship of Ottmar Hitzfeld despite having none of the top 6 scorers in the league, and showing how all of the team popping up with goals is so vital. In their respective domestic cup finals, Manchester United faced Newcastle United in front of a packed Wembley. A 2-0 victory, following goals from Paul Scholes and Teddy Sheringham, was recorded despite having several players rested ahead of the approaching European face-off. Bayern, however, ended up disappointed following the previous European cup final, as in Germany the cup final was played after the European one, and lost to Werder Bremen 5-4 on penalties following a tight 1-1 in regular time. Onto each sides European run, Manchester United had disposed of Internazionale Milan and Juventus, with the match in Turin being most notable by a sublime performance by Manchester United's captain and inspirational leader Roy Keane. Unfortunately for Manchester United, both Keane and central midfield partner Paul Scholes picked up bookings to rule them out of the final, which could have been catastrophic for the English club. Bayern, on the other hand, faced national rivals Kaiserslauten and high scoring Ukrainians Dinamo Kyiv, and picked up no bans to rule out key players from the final, giving the Germans what would appear to be an advantage going into this show-piece event. The Final The teams lined up with vastly differing styles. Manchester United lined up with their usual 4-4-2 despite only naming one first team central midfielder in Nicky Butt, who was partnered by right wing maestro David Beckham, while the Welsh wing Wizard Ryan Giggs, usually on the left, was moved into Beckhams position to be replaced on his usual side by Swede Jesper Blomqvist. Bayern lined up a sturdy 5-2-3, a line-up which amazingly contained 10 German starters, and 15 altogether in the matchday squad. Their English counterparts, on the other hand, had 9 locals in the matchday squad. The game began in quite a nervy fashion, until Bayern won a freekick on the edge of the Mancunians' area. Mario Basler calmly slotted into Peter Schmeichel's goal after just 5 minutes had been played. The rest of the game was far from even, with Bayern peppering the United goal time and time again. With both Basler and Jancker hitting the woodwork, this game appeared to be over when the score still read 1-0 after 90 minutes. What happened next was one of the most surreal and unique occurences in modern football. So unique, in fact, that the UEFA president Lennart Johansson missed it (but that will be mentioned later). When the fourth official put up his board announcing: "3 minutes of added time", the Germans were tasting victory. However, there was some defending to do as Manchester United refused to lie down, pushing men forward for a Gary Neville throw-in, which eventually ended up with Neville himself putting in a left footed cross which Samuel Kuffour knocking it behind for a corner. At this point came one of the famous quotes from the ITV coverage of the game. From this corner the huge goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel went forward, hoping to score his second European goal in his time at United. Beckham's corner was launched in towards the big goalkeeper, who was unable to reach the ball, which then bounced upto Dwight Yorke, who, trying to find a team-mate, misheaded it straight to Thorsten Fink, who mishit his clearance to the edge of the area, with the ball landing at Ryan Giggs right foot (you understand that, Ryan Giggs' right foot! His bloody right foot!), which (fortunately) mishit the ball, originally attempted to go towards goal (we think), heading agonisingly close to Teddy Sheringham, who did something pretty close to hitting the ball that was enough, as it was seen striking the back of Oliver Kahn's net, leading to another world famous quote from this huge moment. However, not even with this announcement could he have known what was going to happen next. The whole of the watching world was already awaiting extra time with baited breath. Once the game kicked off again Manchester United won the ball back and played a long ball up field to Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who upon recieving the ball ran towards the German's byline, where he won another corner. This time Manchester United were playing it defensive according to Tyldesley commentating partner ex-United boss Ron Atkinson, as Schmeichel had not gone forward. This time, the corner taken by Beckham went straight in towards Teddy Sheringham, who proceeded to get a head on the ball, but his header was not enough for the ball to go in, it hung for what could have been an eternity before coming down in front of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net, with the most famous quote of the night being used, again by Tyldesley. The match was then restarted. However, some of the German players couldn't get up. Yes, such was there exhaustion, shock, and disbelief. The referee that day, none other than Italian supremo Pierluigi Collina, had to drag several to their feet. Collina later said it was one of the most exhillerating matches of his exceptional career, largely due to what he described as a "lions roar" at the final whistle. As mentioned earlier, the UEFA president missed the amazing scenes in added time, since at the end of the ninety minutes he left his box with the trophy, which had already been embossed with the Germans ribbons and ready for the presentation. However, by the time he got pitchside, he looked on in amazement as it appeared to him that the winners were crying and the losers dancing, imagine the confusion he must have felt before the amazement at what he had just missed! And here it is, that fateful day.