4 Unforgettable Things That Happened In Football The Last Time Barca Played In The Europa League - Bliteoc

4 Unforgettable Things That Happened In Football The Last Time Barca Played In The Europa League

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Yesterday, FC Barcelona made their second debut in the UEFA Europa League competition as they were held to a 1-1 against an Italian Seria A club, Napoli at the Camp Nou Stadium.

For some reason, it was weird seeing the Spanish Laliga giant FC Barcelona playing in the UEFA Europa League after 18 years. Most children born in the year 2005 and above wouldn't know or believe that Barcelona once played in the Europa League.

In the 2003/2004 football season, the Spanish Laliga giants, Barcelona played in the Europa League and was able to win the trophy despite being debutantes that year.

There were some unreal (unforgettable events) that happened during the 2003/2004 season (the last time Barcelona played at the UEFA Europa League competition) and we will find out what it was in this article.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal lost to Greece in the Euros final.

Portugal went into the final of the Euro 2004 as top favorites to win it and one of the greatest upsets in football happened that night, almighty Portugal failed to defeat Greece and they lost 1-0 in front of their fans.

The UEFA Euro 2004 Final was the final match of Euro 2004, the 12th European Championship, a football competition organized by UEFA for the senior men's national teams of its member associations.

The match was played at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal, on 4 July 2004, and was contested by Portugal, the tournament's hosts, and Greece, the latter playing in their second European Championship.

2. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal became "the invincibles".

During the 2003/2004 season, the north London club did an unimaginable thing in the English Premier League history, going all season without losing a single match.

Reports had it that Arsene Wenger foresee that event and nobody believed he could achieve the great feat. No English Premier League club has been able to break the invincible record since Arsene Wenger's Arsenal set it.

In football, "The Invincibles" is a nickname used to refer to the Preston North End team of the 1888–89 season, managed by William Sudell, and the Arsenal team of the 2003–04 season managed by Arsène Wenger. 

3. Jose Mourinho helped FC Porto to win the UEFA Champions League.

It was unimaginable to see a Portuguese team like Porto go all the way to the UEFA Champions League final and win it as well but with Jose Mourinho's tactics then, he helped the Portuguese club to achieve that feat.

The 2004 UEFA Champions League Final was an association football match played on 26 May 2004 to decide the winner of the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League. AS Monaco, a Monaco-based club representing the French Football Federation, faced Portuguese side, Porto, at the Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The game ended 3-0 in favor of the Portuguese club and Deco (Porto's talisman) won the man of the match award after an impressive performance.

4. Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United.

The signing of Wayne Rooney was one of the best things that happened to Manchester United as the then youngster went on to become the club's legend helping the club to win different major trophies.

Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United in 2004 from Everton as an 18-year-old upcoming star for an initial transfer fee of £20 million and an additional £7 million in contingency payments which was a record fee for a player under 20 years of age then.