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ScouseLeeM on Tour
25th May 2005 - 26th May 2005
Istanbul

....no sightseeing of note. Pure partying and all night celebrations following 'the greatest comeback in football history' as described by the English papers....and I was there!

Almost a total calamity, our flight from Stanstead was due to take off at 7am, get to Istanbul at noon then take us to relax in our hotel befor going to the game at 5pm. What happened is that we sat on the plane while receiving endless messages about delays, finally taking off 4 hours late and arriving in Istanbul at 4pm. Coach took us straight to the stadium, leaving our baggage on board and spent several hours in the 'fans zone', taken up entirely by queueing for food, while listening to some poor quality live music...

Into the stadium for a rousing chorus of You'll Never Walk alone, before the drama unfolded. Following truly bizarre team selection, Liverpool were 1 nil down inside a minute, and 3 nil down by half time, a rather depressing atmoshphere, particularly after spending 375 quid on a ticket! The second half would go down in footy folklore as the 'miracle of Istanbul' as we scored 3 goals in 6 minutes to send the game into extra time.After a miraculous double save by Jerzy Dudek in the last minute of extra time, Liverpool won the penalty shootout to win the 50th European Cup final, our 5th title, and so entitling us to keep the trophy forever.

Good atmosphere after the game, somehow got a free upgrade to a 5 star hotel and spent many hours in the 24 hour bar eating and drinking with a dozen other fans on the same trip, before catching a few hours sleep.

Next day proved equally as enjoyable, as we checked in at the airport in the line next to the AC Milan team (loooosers!), then met the Liverpool team in the departure lounge with the European Cup! Really regret not taking a camera, but took some very poor qualitry snaps of my trip using my mobile phone, so have loaded some of the clearer ones here...next, time to fly home, pack, and leave immediately for 2 England football friendlies/sightseeing in Chicago and New York…normal relaxing lifestyle. Oh, now Liverpool have qualified for the World Championship in Tokyo in December, so that will be another stop for my map!

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Diary Photos
25th May 2005  Happy boys, champions of Europe

25th May 2005  I was there!

25th May 2005  About to get the cup...

25th May 2005  Parading the cup

25th May 2005  The Holy Land

25th May 2005  The European Cup - ours forever

25th May 2005  Five times!

25th May 2005  Me with the Euro Cup

25th May 2005  Me and Nick with Euro Cup

25th May 2005  4 more Euro cups

25th May 2005  Message for Everton fans

25th May 2005  ..and a UEFA cup for good measure

25th May 2005  Shankly

25th May 2005  Champions!!!!!

25th May 2005  Istanbul Olympic Stadium

25th May 2005  The European Cup close up!!!

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