A section of the Celtic support have been reflecting on the 16th anniversary of Celtic’s legendary UEFA Cup final against Porto.
The Hoops lost the game 3-2, but put up a valiant effort against Jose Mourinho’s side. Almost as important as the game were the scenes in Seville in Spain, where 80,000 fans travelled from all over the world.
Memories of the run
On the anniversary of the game, the Celtic Twitter account asked for some memories of that special day and the run to the final.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 21, 2019
Here are some of the best replies from Twitter:
The whole journey, apart from final result , memories that will last forever in our all hearts ☘️☘️
— T.B (@clydebankceltic) May 21, 2019
Just being in that stadium that night what a feeling watching your team in a euro final 💚🍀
— Thomas Lunday (@LundayThomas) May 21, 2019
I was there. Amazing. 💚🍀
— Annemarie (@AMOMcMillan) May 21, 2019
The immense pride watching Lambert leading the team out.
— P (@baldybhoy) May 21, 2019
Boavista away. Total relief when the goal went in. Was standing near Chic Young bouncing up and down!!! and @JorgeCadete11. The scenes in the town that night were phenomenal with the porto fans. Brilliant 🍀🍀🍀
— Margaret Brannan (@marg1888) May 21, 2019
Being in Seville partying in that square all day was immense! 💚🍀
— Mick McEwan (@MickMcEwan10) May 21, 2019
still too soon for me to talk about that day.😥
— Steve Boyd (@Steve_AR1) May 21, 2019
The run to the final was almost as memorable as the final itself. Celtic knocked out two English sides – Blackburn and Liverpool – on the way to Seville.
Chances of a repeat are slim
The chances of that happening now with the increased money in the game seems to be remote.
These days the best Celtic can hope for is a run to the last 16 of the Europa League, if the draw is particularly kind.
Even Brendan Rodgers could only manage a last 32 run in the Europa League.
At least the fans will always have their memories of what was an incredible European run. It might have ended in a bittersweet way, but the memories of the run will last with the Celtic support forever.