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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Borussia Dortmund 1997 - No.18 Ricken.


Led by Ottmar Hitzfeld, the nineties were a golden age for Ballspielverein Borussia Dortmund.
In a memorable 1997 UEFA Champions League Final in Munich, Dortmund faced a Juventus team featuring Zidane. Riedle put Dortmund ahead and then made it two with a bullet header from a corner kick. In the second half, Del Piero pulled one back for Juventus with a back heel, and it seemed momentum was with the reigning champions.


Then 20-year old substitute and local boy Lars Ricken latched on to a through pass by Möller. Only sixteen seconds after coming on to the pitch, Ricken chipped Peruzzi in the Juve goal from over 20 yards with his first touch of the ball.
"When I was sitting on the bench, I saw that Perruzzi had been standing too far out of his goal," Ricken revealed. "I then said to myself that the first ball which comes to me, I will shoot it blindly towards goal".

Dortmund lifted the trophy with a 3–1 victory, then went on to beat Brazilian club Cruzeiro 2–0 in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup Final.
Ricken was told by Johan Cruyff he could "play a big role in the Italian or Spanish league in the years to come" but never fulfilled his potential and remained with Dortmund until his retirement in February 2009.


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