La Duodecima: First Team To Retain Champions League Title

Just two weeks after clinching the Spanish competition as champion, now we celebrate Real Madrid’s success as the first team to retain Champions League title. Since the new format was announced into Champions League (formerly known as Champions Cup), no team had successfully retained their title at the next year, although there were more than once attempts. But now, after being crowned as European champion last year at San Siro stadium, this time in Cardiff, the most successful club in Spain and Europe again wins their twelfth title or also known as “Duodecima” (Twelfth in Spanish).

I fell asleep last night when the first half kick off and woke up just after Juventus scored the equalizer goal from Mario Mandzukic. I turned on my laptop to search for streaming station and thanks to YouTube who broadcast live from many channels. So I can’t give my opinion about first half playing.

But watching second half, I think it should have been more than 3 goals to be scored into Italian champion, the attack was massive and intense, the Real Madrid that I know, short passing but lethal.

Casemiro’s goal turned the game into Real Madrid’s night

Juventus not even was dangerous for Real Madrid, not at all. I didn’t see a team who eliminated Barcelona and crowned as Italian champion for the couple of years and wrote this on my social media, “It’s easier to beat Juventus than Atletico, I think.” I don’t know what’s wrong with them. If I’m not mistaken, they only conceded three goals during their journey to the final game and only one from open play. It’s a very excellent record towards the final, especially when facing Real Madrid – which is famous because their weak defense.

Zinedine Zidane and Gianluigi Buffon
The Celebration

As I mentioned before, Real Madrid wrote several histories:

  1. First team to retain Champions League title.
  2. First team to retain the trophy after Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan in 1990.
  3. For Zinedine Zidane, it’s the second Champions League trophy within 18 months since being appointed as Real Madrid’s head coach.
  4. Third title in last four seasons.
  5. Bayern Munchen was the last non-Spanish team to win the competition. They won it in 2013 at All German Finals against Borussia Dortmund.
  6. Zinedine Zidane is involved in the winning of La Novena (as player and goalscorer), La Decima (as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant), La Undecima, and La Duodecima (as head coach).

With 12 trophies at the cabinet, it takes years for other teams to equalize what Real Madrid achieve today. The closest competitor, AC Milan have 7 titles, while Bayern Munchen, Liverpool, and Barcelona have 5. AC Milan have been absence in European competitions for years, but next year they’ll be back to European League. Liverpool also go back to Champions League next season.

I understand that some people are sad seeing Gianluigi Buffon, who will be retired after World Cup 2018. This final could be the last one for his long career. As a madridista, I could not hope he would lift the trophy last night, but I wish him a better fortune for his final season next year and of course for the national team.

NB: This is first time since 59 years ago, Real Madrid won La Liga and Champions League together. What is still missing, Real Madrid have not won any treble yet.

Photos credited to UEFA Champions League Facebook Page, you can find the original galleries here.

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