20 years on from Barcelona
Sat, 16/02/19, 11:25
FC Bayern Legends to play Man United legends at Old Trafford
For FC Bayern, it was one of the most bitter defeats in the club's history, but for Manchester United it was the culmination of their greatest success to date: the Champions League final in Barcelona in 1999. While the German record champions gave away a 1-0 lead in injury time and, with it a virtually guaranteed victory, United became the only English team to date to secure the historic treble with their late 2-1 victory.
Exactly 20 years later, on 26 May 2019, this memorable game will be re-enacted. At Old Trafford, the Manchester United Legends and FC Bayern Legends will celebrate a reunion in a friendly atmosphere and for a good cause. Both teams will donate the proceeds of the game to the Manchester United Foundation.
"This is a great event which we're really looking forward to," FC Bayern Legends captain Lothar Matthäus said. Along with Giovane Elber, who was injured at the time, Matthäus has already confirmed his participation in the game. Elber added: "I couldn't play in the final in 1999 because of a cruciate ligament rupture, so I'm all the more pleased that I can be actively involved at this great stadium this time."
On the Manchester United Legends side, iconic coach Sir Alex Ferguson has already pledged his support to the Red Devils from the dugout. Sir Alex, who won 38 honours with United, remarked "I'm really looking forward to this special day at Old Trafford." The game will be a "great opportunity to meet many old friends and support the work of the Manchester United Foundation."