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An archetypal goal-poacher during his playing days, Filippo Inzaghi has no shortage of fond memories of the UEFA Champions League.
After finding his feet with a number of clubs in Italy, it was at Juventus where Inzaghi first made his mark on the continent. His UEFA Champions League debut came in his maiden season with the Bianconeri – a comfortable victory against Feyenoord in 1997. "I remember that we played a great match, we played very well, and it ended 5-1; I was lucky enough to even score a goal," said the former Italy striker. "I think destiny let me start my Champions League adventure in the best possible way, and it then developed into something really extraordinary for me."
Inzaghi's goalscoring exploits in Turin earned him a move to AC Milan in 2001 and, just two years later, he was lifting Europe's most coveted club trophy at the expense of his former employers. Though Inzaghi was not involved when Milan lost an astonishing final to Liverpool FC in 2005, he was at the heart of the Rossoneri's revenge against the Reds in the Athens showpiece two seasons later.
"The good thing for us strikers is that our destiny is decided by great matches, by great finals," said the 39-year-old, who is now the coach of Milan's Allievi Nazionali (Under-17) team. "In that year (2007) I scored half the goals I scored in 2003, but I scored two goals in the final in Athens. The first one was a lucky one because of the part of the body which hit the ball. Then the second goal, which I think was my goal, the goal of my career, which was a beautiful combination with Kaká. Then I was named man of the match, and I will be always remembered, by every fan from Milan too, thanks to that game."
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