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Ahead of the draw for this season's group stages, relive some of the best Champions League finals.

Last Updated: 29/08/13 at 09:42

Since the European Cup was rebranded as the UEFA Champions League, there have been some classic encounters to decide the club kings of the continent. Ahead of Thursday's draw for the 2013/14 group stages, Sky Sports has been reviewing some of the best finals in the competition's past.

Were you a Manchester United fan who watched the incredibly late victory over Bayern Munich to secure the Treble in 1999 in arguably Sir Alex Ferguson's finest hour? Or perhaps Liverpool's epic comeback against AC Milan in 2005 is the standout final in your memory? And what about Chelsea's fairytale against Bayern Munich in Germany in 2012?

But let us not forget about the classic Milan side of 1994, Paul Lambert's midfield heroics for Borussia Dortmund in 1997, or Zinedine Zidane's wonder-goal for Real Madrid in 2002.

We have rounded up some of the best finals from the Champions League era and, here, you can watch the videos and read the reviews along with Martin Tyler's memories.

AC Milan 4 Barcelona 0 - 1993/94

Fabio Capello's AC Milan produced a masterclass to give Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team' Barcelona a nightmare reality in one of the continent's all-time classics. At the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece, Milan produced a huge upset. Two goals from Daniele Massaro set them on their way before a superb, volleyed lob from Man of the Match Dejan Savicevic and Marcel Desailly's clinical fourth. To read the full review and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

Ajax 1 AC Milan 0 - 1994/95

Louis van Gaal's young guns at Ajax created a huge shock against Fabio Capello's defending kings of Europe, AC Milan, in Vienna. An 18-year-old Patrick Kluivert won the game for the Dutch side, who had an average age of just 23. The striker's 84th minute goal earned him a place in the record books as the youngest scorer in a Champions League final. The success also marked the peak of the powers of a vintage Ajax before their squad began to move around the continent. To read the full review and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

Borussia Dortmund 3 Juventus 1 - 1996/97

The 1997 Champions League final is perhaps best remembered in Britain for Paul Lambert. Sixteen years ago, he was delivering a Man of the Match performance in snuffing out Zinedine Zidane. Borussia Dortmund caused a major surprise by winning the game 3-1. Two goals from Karl-Heinz Riedle and one from 20-year-old Lars Ricken, just 16 seconds after entering the game as a substitute, either side of Alessandro Del Piero's consolation secured the victory. To read the full review and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1 - 1998/99

"I cannot believe it. I cannot believe it. Football, bloody hell." Sir Alex Ferguson's immortal line after Manchester United's unbelievably late victory over Bayern Munich in the 1999 final has become a part of the sport's legend. Injury-time goals from substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sealed one of the most dramatic 2-1 successes in history by cancelling out Mario Basler's sixth minute free-kick. To read the full review of that night in Barcelona and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

Real Madrid 3 Valencia 0 - 1999/2000

Real Madrid brushed aside Valencia with a 3-0 win at the Stade de France in a game in which former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman was the star of the show while caretaker boss Vicente del Bosque claimed his first major title. The game marked the first time two clubs from the same nation had gone head-to-head in a European Cup final. But despite failing to beat Valencia in their two league meetings that season, Real asserted their superiority. To read the full review and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

Real Madrid 2 Bayer Leverkusen 1 - 2001/02

Zinedine Zidane scored one of the most memorable European goals of all time as Real Madrid claimed their second Champions League title in three seasons, beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Hampden Park. Leverkusen, who were appearing in their first final, were the tournament's surprise package having knocked out Manchester United in the semi-finals. But Real won their most recent European trophy to date. To read the full review and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3 (Liverpool win on penalties) - 2004/05

The miracle of Istanbul. In one of the most dramatic games in Champions League history, Liverpool staged a remarkable comeback to eventually defeat AC Milan on penalties. Rafa Benitez's team had been three goals down at half-time but fought back through Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso. Goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek was then the hero in a nerve-shredding penalty shootout. To read the full review and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1 (Manchester United win on penalties) - 2007/08

For the first time, two English clubs contested the final. But it was Manchester United who were victorious, beating Avram Grant's Chelsea on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Russia. The game at Luzhniki Stadium bore significance for United in the year of the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster. Sir Alex Ferguson vowed to bring the trophy home in tribute to those involved. John Terry's slip in the penalty shootout is one of the painful memories for Chelsea. To read the full review and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

Barcelona 3 Manchester United 1 - 2010/11

"Nobody has given us a hiding like that but Barcelona deserve it. They play the right way and they enjoy their football," said Sir Alex Ferguson after Manchester United's defeat at Wembley. United were arguably on the receiving end of the finest hour of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona, who were considered by many to have been the best team in history. The Catalans were 3-1 winners, with Lionel Messi and Xavi among United's chief tormentors. To read the full review and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1 (Chelsea win on penalties) - 2011/12

After lifting the FA Cup two weeks earlier, Chelsea's remarkable campaign continued as they claimed their first Champions League trophy after a penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich at the German club's own Allianz Arena. Didier Drogba had rescued Chelsea, who were missing captain John Terry through suspension, with an equaliser before then scoring the deciding penalty with his final kick for the club. To read the full review and find Martin Tyler's memories, click here.

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