The best teams that should have won a major trophy but fell short including Liverpool, Rangers and Arsenal

12 Oct

10. Rangers denied crack at the 1992/93 Champions League – scroll through the gallery to see other sides unlucky not to win major trophies
9. Newcastle’s ‘Entertainers’ and the 1995/96 Premier League season
8. Arsenal's 'Invincibles' and the 2003/04 Champions League
7. Liverpool's 2008/09 side were unlucky not to win the Premier League
6. Atletico Madrid and the Champions League in 2014 and 2016
5. This great Netherlands side fell short at the 1974 World Cup
4. Leeds can count themselves unlucky not to have won the 1975 European Cup
3. Brazil's 1982 World Cup squad – best team to never win football's biggest prize?
2. Arsenal could have won the Premier League and FA Cup in the 1998/99 season
1. Hungary at the 1954 World Cup

Even if they didn’t beat that great Milan team in the final, Rangers were still denied the chance to become the first Champions League winners and came within a whisker of reaching the inaugural final. Back then the format featured domestic champions only, with the final eight clubs split into two groups of four where the top teams in each mini-league qualified for the final. Going into the final group game, Rangers were level on points with Marseille, who eventually won the tournament. It later emerged the club and their president Bernard Tapie had fixed a French league match involving Marseille six days before the final, allowing them to focus on the Milan game without fear of over-exerting themselves. Suspicions over their European exploits lingered, too. Read the story of Rangers’ Euro campaign here.


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