Leicester Metropolis and Atletico Madrid have earlier… a tempestuous 1997 UEFA Cup tie that noticed Juninho and Christian Vieri information big-spending Atleti by way of after Ian Marshall‘s purpose
The information that Leicester Metropolis have been paired with within the quarter-finals of the can have supporters casting their minds again to a tempestuous assembly between the edges 20 years in the past.
In 1997, the Foxes, underneath the administration of Martin O‘Neill, beat Middlesbrough at Wembley to win the League Cup and due to this fact guide themselves a European tour within the UEFA Cup.
When the primary spherical draw was made, Leicester in some way averted such European no-marks as MPKC Mozyr, Alania Vladikavkaz and FC Jazz to land a fiendishly tough tie with Spanish big-spenders Atletico Madrid.
Beneath the management of controversial politician and businessman Jesus Gil, Atleti had come to problem the Actual Madrid-Barcelona axis of dominance in Spanish soccer, profitable a league and cup Double in 1996.
Money had been splashed the earlier summer season, with Italian goal-machine Christian Vieri and Brazilian genius Juninho, signed from Middlesbrough, bolstering an already-strong squad underneath Serbian supervisor Radomir Antic.
For the Leicester followers, nonetheless, the prospect of a late summer season journey to sunny Madrid was attractive after a protracted wait of 35 years for a return to European competitors.
However after they got here to really guide their journey – in days properly earlier than low price airways – they encountered fairly a little bit of resistance.
First followers have been advised the one option to attend the match was to purchase the £279 official journey bundle, till it emerged that the membership‘s vice-chairman, John Elsom, additionally occurred to be managing director of the journey firm chosen to run the journey.
September 16, 1997 – UEFA Cup first spherical, first leg