Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona meet for the tenth time next Tuesday. We turn the clock back to the first two encounters, a memorable UEFA Champions League quarter-final in 1995.
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The 1994/95 UEFA Champions League quarter-final looked to be going to form for Johan Cruyff's Barcelona 'Dream Team' when they led 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate with 20 minutes remaining. Cheered on by a bumper Parc des Princes crowd, however, Paris Saint-Germain mounted a memorable comeback, local hero Vincent Guérin hitting the winner to take them through as 3-2 aggregate victors.
1. David Ginola
Ginola is regarded as one of France's most elegant players, though he earned just 17 caps. A left-winger, he joined Paris from Brest in 1992 and was instrumental in their 1993/94 title campaign. Displays against Real Madrid and Barcelona earned him the nickname 'El Magnifico'. In 1995 he headed for England, gracing Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton. He trained as an actor after retiring, showed his footwork to good effect on Danse Avec Les Stars (France's Strictly Come Dancing), and is a popular television pundit.
2. Ronald Koeman
A sweeper and dead-ball expert, Koeman arrived in Spain 12 months on from playing a pivotal role in Dutch football's golden summer, when PSV Eindhoven were crowned European champions shortly before glory at EURO '88. In six years at Barcelona he collected four championships (matching his haul of Dutch crowns) and scored the clincher in the 1992 European Cup final. He became the first man to represent Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord as both player and coach, winning three titles, and also lifted the Copa del Rey with Valencia. Now manager of Everton.
3. Josep Guardiola
Considered one of the finest coaches in the game, 'Pep' was not a bad player either, compiling 40 caps for Spain. He rose through Barcelona's youth ranks to claim six Liga titles, one European Cup, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and two Copa del Reys, winding down abroad before hanging up his boots in 2006. He has eclipsed all that as a coach. His glorious four-season stint with the Catalan giants yielded 14 trophies, including two UEFA Champions League crowns and, after a 12-month break, he managed seven in three terms as Bayern München boss. Now in his first season at Manchester City.
4. Txiki Begiristain
A diminutive winger who came to the Camp Nou in 1988 after helping Real Sociedad finish runners-up in both Liga and Copa del Rey. Over the next seven seasons he contributed a goal every four games as Cruyff's side enjoyed unprecedented success. Capped 22 times by Spain, Begiristain left Barça in 1995 and played on for five more years at Deportivo La Coruña and Japanese outfit Urawa Red Diamonds. He returned to Barcelona, serving as sporting director between 2003 and 2010, a position he now holds at Manchester City, working with Guardiola.
5. Vincent Guérin
A versatile holding midfielder, Guérin was a U21 EURO winner with France in 1988 after, like Ginola, starting out at Brest. Born in the closest hospital to the Parc des Princes, he signed for Paris in 1992 having picked up the French Cup with Montpellier two years before. He shone in PSG's golden years, winning Ligue 1 in 1993/94 and the 1995/96 Cup Winners' Cup, before a short interlude with Hearts in Scotland. He trained as a coach, yet ended up working as a TV pundit and heading up his own events company.
6. Gerd Grabher
Grabher was 17 when his referee father woke him one morning to tell him he would be taking a refereeing exam later that day; he passed first time despite having no previous experience. The German became a hugely respected official, with notable assignments including England's 4-1 thrashing of the Netherlands at EURO '96. After retiring in 1999, he remained in the game, initially as a security delegate in the Bundesliga, and later as an observer of young referees.
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