Once Again Galatasaray versus Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League Final Eight draw took place in Nyon on Friday, March 15.
Galatasaray booked its berth for the quarter final after eliminating FC Schalke 04 with a 4-3 aggregate victory in the Round of 16. By the end of the Round of 16 in the Champions League, Burak Yılmaz, Hamit Altıntop and Fernando Muslera are all rated for the Team of the Week chosen by UEFA.
And now in the quarter final Galatasaray will compete with Real Madrid. The first leg is in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 2 or 3. The second leg is in Istanbul at the ASY Sports Complex TT Arena on April 9 or 10.
At the same time the two top scorers both of whom scored eight goals so far in the Champions League this season, Burak Yılmaz and Cristiano Ronaldo will continue competing with each other in the quarter final rounds.
Galatasaray has three players who played for Real Madrid previously, Hamit Altıntop, Drogba Didier and Wesley Sneijder were all trained by coach of Real Madrid Mourinho.
All four ties among the Final Eight of the Champions League are as follows:
Malaga CF (Spain) vs Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Real Madrid CF (Spain) vs Galatasaray AŞ (Turkey)
Paris Saint-Germain (France) vs FC Barcelona (Spain)
FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) vs Juventus (Italy)
This is the sixth time for Galatasaray in the UEFA quarter finals since 1956. Galatasaray has made its debut in the European arena during the 1956 1957 season in the qualification round of the UEFA Champions Club Cup. The Yellow-Reds then competed with Dinamo Bucureşti but eliminated. Even though they defeated the Romanian club 2 1 in Istanbul by goals Kadri Aytaç and the legendary Metin Oktay scored, they had lost the first leg 3 1.
Six years later when Galatasaray was once again in the European football fields had hinted its promising future by advancing to the Eight Finals after eliminating Dinamo Bucureşti and Polonia Bytom but was not yet ready to topple AC Milan.
In the 1969 1970 Galatasaray was back to the shudder excitement of the Champions Club eliminating the Irish Waterford FC and the Czechoslovakian Spartak Trnava but missed the semi-finals when removed by the Polish Legia Warsaw.
The 1988 1989 season was the most fruitful period for Galatasaray in its history of the Champions Club. The Yellow-Reds clinched their semi-final ticket after eliminating then among the European football giants Rapid Wien, Neuchatel Xamax and above all AC Monaco. However, Steaua București would not let them advance further.
Then, during the 1992 1993 season the European Champion Clubs Cup was rebranded and format was changed. Galatasaray was booked for the 1993 1994 UEFA Champions League without taking part in the preliminary round. After eliminating the Irish Cork City in the first round of matches, it was surely a shock in the association football arena when Galatasaray eliminated Manchester United in the second qualification round. Group stage that followed was a tough struggle with Barcelona, Spartak Moscow and Monaco in Group A. Although they finished the group stage in the last place, Galatasaray was among the eight teams of Europe and left their stamp on history.
In 1999 the UEFA Cup Winners was turned into the UEFA Cup. The season 1999 2000 witnessed great achievements by Galatasaray when not only the football league and cup competition in Turkey was won but also the 2000 UEFA Cup was brought home with the brilliant win Real Madrid with the golden goal of Mario Jardel.
The following season Galatasaray once again advanced to the Final Eight. First Galatasaray competed with Monaco, Glasgow Rangers and Sturm Graz in the finishing the first group stage, then contended with Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Deportivo La Coruna in the second group and led the group till the last match but missed the leadership when lost to Paris Saint-Germain. The tie with Real Madrid afterwards went lucky in the first leg but Galatasaray lost to the Spanish club in the away game.
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