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May 23, 2005

Clash of the titans

AC Milan and Liverpool meet in the final of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, with both teams hoping to end the season with the coveted trophy and the tag of 'European champions'.

This is the 50th final since the competition began. AC Milan are making their tenth appearance and attempting to win the trophy for the seventh time.

Liverpool will be making their sixth appearance in the final, having won the trophy in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1984 and losing in 1985.

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti is one of only four men to win the European Cup as both player and coach. He was in Milan's winning side in 1989 and 1990 and was coach when they beat Juventus on penalties in 2003.

Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez is attempting to follow success in the UEFA Cup with a European Cup victory in successive seasons, a feat achieved by Liverpool's Bob Paisley in 1976 and 1977 and Jose Mourinho with Porto in 2003 and 2004.

A look at the key men on both sides:

Photographs: Getty Images | Text: Reuters

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