We reported yesterday about the plans to release a special two disc DVD covering Liverpool’s victory in the Champions League. More details have been released about the product and it is now available to pre-order. It’s due to be released on July 18th and the overall running time will be approximately four hours.
Liverpool’s end-of-season review disc, entitled "Champions of Europe 2005" was a DVD well worth watching, as it includes highlights of the season from other games – like the Neil Mellor winner against Arsenal to name just one. Unfortunately though to squeeze in every goal from every game in all competition meant that the disc had to pay less attention to the Champions League games than many would have liked. The new disc is dedicated to the Champions League – one disc containing the whole final, the other containing all of the other games on the road to the final.
Disc 1 – The Champions League Final:
A. C.Milan vs Liverpool, two bastions of European football. Before the match Liverpool, again, were the underdogs. This however was a tag that they had lived with and triumphed from before, so Rafael Benitez’s men held no fear of their Italian counterparts. At half time though these dreams seemed to be shattered as Liverpool were simply outclassed in 45 minutes of exceptional football from Milan. Staring down the barrel at 3-0 down humiliation beckoned, 4-0,5-0,6-0?! The way the first half went these were more than witty rouses from non-Liverpool supporters.
What was to happen now couldn’t have been written to be any more dramatic. Liverpool clawed back the 3-0 deficit and took Milan in to extra time. With penalties looming Jerzy Dudek pulled off possibly the greatest double save of all time to keep his side in it, taking the game in to its denouement. Dudek again would be the hero as his penalty saves handed Liverpool the European Cup for the fifth time – meaning that this time it was theirs for keeps.
Re-live the whole game – extra time, the penalties and the after match celebrations on this fantastic commemorative DVD.
Disc 2 – The Road To Istanbul:
Starting right from the beginning and Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat over GAK in the qualifiers, we bring you highlights and the goals from every game along the road to Istanbul. At 1-0 down at half time to Olympiacos in the final group game Liverpool looked dead and buried. They needed to score 3 second half goals to progress to the knockout stages. A feat which – considering Liverpool had only managed a total of 3 goals in their previous group games – seemed more than unlikely. However, lead by the ever inspirational Steven Gerrard, Liverpool did exactly that and progressed to the knockout stages where Europe’s elite were waiting for them.
In the following months what was to happen was a journey of courage, determination and self belief. Overcoming and tactically out thinking the likes of Juventus and Chelsea, Liverpool would find themselves – against all expectations – back where they belonged: in the Champions League Final.
From our own personal experience discs from play.com have always arrived on or before the release date as they like to ensure you get them on time. To order your copy, just follow the instructions here: Liverpool FC – The Road to Istanbul.