Quite recently, UEFA has published a fine piece of paper – its Handbook for 2014/2015 . At first, I must say it’s kind of reading you fall in love with: full of stats, numbers and so on. For instance, an unexperienced bettor can learn about Nottingham Forest winning 2 titles on 3 occasions or about Slovan Bratislava being ‘better’ than FC Sevilla in points comparison. But those stats are not on my radar for now. I would like to focus more on another fact: how super-experienced players influence the success of teams nowadays and how one of the last 4 teams in this year’s CL has a strong history, but not a competition record breakers.
Golden era is NOW
Before stating the rest, we need to admit that we live in Golden era of football. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the cherries on the cake – one of the best footballers that ever lived. Thanks to those gentlemen, there is a lot of motivation for the rest of players to be at least close to those two.
According to Champions League past and present, the most decorated individuals were linked to Real Madrid. From the final four teams of the 2014/2015 campaign only Bayern lacks the time-proven stars. The huge margin between the top trio and Bayern players’ history in Champions League poses several questions, especially why Bavarian giants are not that focused on long-serving stars to succeed even more.
 – http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/EuroExperience/competitions/Publications/02/14/56/70/2145670_DOWNLOAD.pdf
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