It is quite incredible that the European Cup/Champions League final has not been held in Lisbon, one of Europe’s major football cities, since 25 May 1967. Lisbon is the home of one of the early giants of the tournament, and has had imposing cathedral-stadiums ever since, all but one of which was brought up to modern standards for Euro 2004.
When the Lisbon Lions return to the city of their greatest triumph, one day before its 47th anniversary, they will once more represent Celtic on the world stage, just as they did in the Lisbon sun all those years ago, and on hundreds of occasions since, when they have pitched up at supporter or media events.
This is a team of The Ages. The games’ dignitaries will pay homage to them next month, while locals of an older generation will recall their youth with a glint in their eyes. Delighted their going back, hope they bring their boots.
We’re in for a treat in the run up to this year’s final.
Well done to the Celtic fans who rallied round to buy Johnny Doyle’s 1977 Cup Final shirt for his family. Stunning work.
Is it unacceptable to say ‘Hearts are going bust’? The only disputable element of this claim is its transient nature; Hearts are already bust. I think it’s commendable that a Celtic player mixes socially and culturally with Hibs fans, who he previously performed for. Remember and acknowledge those who helped you on the way up.
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