It is hard to believe these days that Scotland once had a specific interest in this final as Celtic’s two appearances in it in 1967 and 1970 took place long before many of their fans were born.
The present state of Scottish football suggests that it may never happen again especially as any home grown player of ability ends up in England, with some playing in the Premiership and others in the Championship. Until recently the only two clubs which could retain players of a fairly high standard were the old firm, but even this ray of hope has been tempered by Rangers current problems which could take years to overcome.
As a keen observer of all things football it was sad for me to see Barcelona go off the boil at the wrong time which will perhaps devalue the final for some of us by the absence of the brilliant Messi.
Still the show piece game should still be a “gala” affair with three of the games premier divers taking part. It is difficult to decide which one deserves the top prize so I will leave the forum readers to decide between Drogba, Robben and Ribery.
It may not be true but to celebrate the occasion there is a rumour that the three are forming a new group called the Munich City Turf Rollers to provide the pre-match entertainment.