It was noticed that “Borussia” was dragged into the final of the Champions League by fate itself, while “PSG”, on the contrary, is haunted by a curse. Now we will show everything


Borus­sia Dort­mund defeat­ed Paris in the semi-finals of the Cham­pi­ons League for the sec­ond time in a row and will now play on June 1 in the main match of the sea­son.

For PSG, the tour­na­ment has long turned into a real night­mare. Since 2011, when the Parisians came under the own­er­ship of the Qatari fund Qatar Sports Invest­ments head­ed by Nass­er Al-Khe­laifi, the club from the cap­i­tal of France has failed to win the cov­et­ed Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup for the 12th time in a row.

Even pure­ly math­e­mat­i­cal­ly, it is more like some kind of kar­ma than just the unpre­dictabil­i­ty of foot­ball. See for your­self, Paris reached the semi-finals three times under the sheikhs — won only once. More­over, it was a dif­fi­cult sea­son, start­ing from the 1/4 finals, only one-match con­fronta­tions were played, and the oppo­nent in the 2020 semi­fi­nals was RB Leipzig.

PSG lost all oth­er semi-final match­es. 4 meet­ings with the Qataris (“Borus­sia” twice 0:1, “City” 0:2 and 1:2 in the spring of 2021), anoth­er unsuc­cess­ful con­fronta­tion was last cen­tu­ry — lost to “Milan” 0:2 and 0:1 in semi-finals of the 1994/95 Cham­pi­ons League.

If we con­sid­er only the era of Qatar Sports Invest­ments — the Parisians were first 4 con­sec­u­tive elim­i­na­tions from the 1/4 finals, then three con­sec­u­tive elim­i­na­tions at the 1/8 stage, then that last year’s final (lost by “Bavaria”, but so far this is the best achieve­ment in his­to­ry), the semi-finals , two unsuc­cess­ful 1/8 finals and a recent rel­e­ga­tion from Dort­mund.

The main thing is how exact­ly PSG con­ced­ed. The tour­na­ment record for hit­ting the goal­post alone is worth some­thing. The cham­pi­ons of France hit the posts and cross­bars 14 times in this Euro sea­son, 6 times out of 14 — pre­cise­ly in the semi-final match­es with “Borus­sia”!

Twice in Dort­mund.

4 more times in Paris! By the way, this is a record for play­off match­es.

If it’s not heav­en­ly pow­ers or a curse, then what is it?

Even Mpappe’s moment at the end of the meet­ing refers to a sim­i­lar episode from the lost final of the year 20.

Borussia, on the other hand, was dragged by fate into the final of the Champions League — only the third in the history of Dortmund

To begin with, let us recall that the “bees” had a cri­sis sea­son until this moment. The team did not pre­tend to be some­thing seri­ous in the mid­dle of Ger­many, it did not man­age to advance the first four, it is cur­rent­ly in 5th place, and the Cham­pi­ons League for the next sea­son was guar­an­teed only because of an addi­tion­al tick­et for the Bun­desli­ga.

The Black and Yel­lows start­ed this year’s Cham­pi­ons League as an out­sider in the group of death, but mirac­u­lous­ly man­aged to leave PSG, Milan and New­cas­tle behind.

Does­n’t that remind you of any­thing? It’s true, in the 2012/13 Cham­pi­ons League, Jur­gen Klop­p’s Dort­mund also got into a sim­i­lar group, where the Eng­lish-Arab sacks were 4th, and the main favorite of the group — became the sec­ond.

And this main favorite — “Real” — then hap­pened to “bees” right in the semi-finals! Every­thing, as in the case of Parisians.

More­over, then, in 2013, in the first round of the play­offs, the “sweet” option was tak­en out of the bas­ket — Shakhtar Donet­sk. In this year, the Dutch “PSV” hap­pened.

1/4 — Spaniards from “Mala­ga” with a goal shootout. This year, Madrid “Atleti­co” is also with a lot of goals.

The semi-final is the same grand from the group that came in sec­ond. And in the final at “Wem­b­ley” they met with “Bavaria”, which then passed “Barcelona”. This year, the final is also at Wem­b­ley, and Bay­ern has a chance to reach the final and will play with oth­er Spaniards.

Add to this the fact that Mats Hum­mels, who scored the win­ner in Paris, last scored in the Cham­pi­ons League for Borus­sia in 2013, when Shakhtar suf­fered.

But you should not think that the “bees” will lose again in the finals, as it hap­pened 11 years ago. The hope of Dort­mund fans lies in the final results of the semi-finals. And here we have to go back to 1997, because in 2013, which we men­tioned, “Borus­sia” exchanged vic­to­ries with “Madrid”, but in the spring of 1997, they just lost twice, 1:0, against the favorite.

Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Dort­mund in the 1996/97 Cham­pi­ons League got out of the group, passed by the French “Aux­erre”, and then in the semi-finals, the for­mi­da­ble “Man­ches­ter Unit­ed” of Sir Alex Fer­gu­son await­ed them.

In the first home match, the Ger­mans won 1:0. The trip to “Old Traf­ford” looked like hell, but the “bees” man­aged to score quick­ly, and “Unit­ed” wast­ed an incred­i­ble amount of chances. About the same as Paris.

And in 1997, a star French­man, Eric Can­tona, who was con­sid­ered almost the best of the best, also ran against Dort­mund.

By the way, Can­tona left Man­ches­ter Unit­ed after his depar­ture from Borus­sia. Kylian Mbap­pé also seems to be pack­ing his bags now.

In the 1997 final, Borus­sia sen­sa­tion­al­ly defeat­ed Juven­tus cyborg Mar­cel­lo Lip­pi and won their first Cham­pi­ons Cup.

Are we wait­ing for the sec­ond one?

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