MCFC: UEFA Champions League Group D Opponent Info

Club name: Real Madrid CF


Country: Spain

City: Madrid

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu, 85,454 capacity.

League and 2011/12 final position: La Liga, 1st place.

Recent European form:

Semi-final defeats in the past two seasons have proven frustrating for Jose Mourinho’s men. 2010/11 saw arch-rivals Barcelona advance 3-1 on aggrogate, while Bayern Munich progressed to the 2011/12 final after a penalty shoot-out settled a 3-3 aggrogate tie.

European Cup/Champions League history:

9 time winners: 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66, 1997/98, 1999/00, 2001/02

3 time runners up: 1961/62, 1963/64, 1980/81

Real Madrid are the most succesful club in the history of the European Cup, winning it a record nine times. Two UEFA Cups, and a UEFA Super Cup complete the rest of their European trophy haul.

City links:

Robinho made a sensational move to the Blues with a deadline day transfer from Real Madrid in September 2008. Emmanuel Adebayor enjoyed a brief loan period in Madrid in 2011. Nicolas Anelka and Steve McManaman played for the Spanish giants prior to their spells at City.



Club name: AFC Ajax

Country: Netherlands

City: Amsterdam

Stadium: Ajax Arena, 52,314 capacity.

League and 2011/12 final position: Eredivisie, 1st place.

Recent European form:

Eliminated in the Group Stages of the 2010/11 and 2011/12 Champions League.

 European Cup/Champions League history:

4 time winners: 1970/71, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1994/95

Impressively winning three European Cups in a row during the early 70s, Ajax have found European success harder to come by since the turn of the century. Regarded as one of the most successful clubs in world football.

City links:

Cult hero Georgi Kinkladze joined Ajax from the Blues in 1998. Nigel de Jong is a graduate from the famous Ajax Academy, while Hatem Trabelsi and Kiki Musampa both played for the Dutch club prior to their brief City careers.



Club name: Borussia Dortmund

Country: Germany

City: Dortmund

Stadium: Westfalenstadion, 80,708

League and 2011/12 final position: Bundesliga, 1st place.

Recent European form:

The Bundesliga champions finished bottom of their group in the 2011/12 Champions League.

European Cup/Champions League history:

1 time winner: 1996/97

Borussia Dortmund became the first German team to win a European trophy when they defeated Liverpool in the 1965/66 Cup Winners’ Cup. They defeated reigning champions Juventus in the final to claim the 1996/97 Champions League.

City links:

Danish full-back Niclas Jensen joined BVB from City in 2003.



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