On Wednesday København will host Group G leaders Leicester almost exactly ten years to the day after one of their most famous wins – against Manchester United.
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It remains perhaps København's best ever European result. On 1 November 2006 they took on the might of Manchester United and won, Marcus Allbäck scoring the only goal 17 minutes from time. A decade (and a day) on, they are in UEFA Champions League action again on matchday four, against another English side in Leicester. Fate? Ståle Solbakken, FCK's coach now as he was then, will certainly hope so.
1 Marcus Allbäck
Allbäck was a relative unknown with Örgryte until he was 26 and earned the first of 74 caps for Sweden (he scored 30 goals). He had spells in Italy, the Netherlands, England and Germany, but it was at København, in the autumn of his career, that he enjoyed greatest success with back-to-back titles. He also managed his first goal in UEFA club competition at the age of 33 – the winner against United. After a return to Örgryte, the forward retired in 2009 and spent seven years as a team manager for Sweden until this summer. He now works alongside Martin Dahlin as an agent.
2 Atiba Hutchinson
Hutchinson was 19 and already a Canadian international when he arrived in Europe in 2003. Thirteen years later – via Öster, Helsingborg, København, PSV Eindhoven and now, aged 33, Beşiktaş – the defensive midfielder, sometimes utilised at right-back, is still here. He won three championships in Denmark and last term played all but 56 minutes as Beşiktaş claimed their first title in seven years.
3 Fredrik Berglund
Known as 'Bella', Berglund started out at Elfsborg alongside Anders Svensson and Tobias Linderoth, picking up the first of 12 caps for Sweden aged 21 before joining Roda. The fleet-footed forward never settled in the Netherlands but rediscovered his mojo at Esbjerg before moving to FCK for 2006/07 (reuniting with Linderoth). At 28 he was back at Elfsborg, retiring three injury-racked years later. Today he is attacking coach at third division Norrby and in charge of a futsal team.
4 John O'Shea
Third on the Republic of Ireland's all-time appearances list and still going strong aged 35, O'Shea is a versatile defensive player. He made nearly 400 outings and lifted 15 trophies at Old Trafford after arriving at 17, and even though he has been at Sunderland since 2011, the United candle evidently still burns bright. Up against United on the last day of 2011/12, he looked as disappointed as anyone as news of Sergio Agüero's title-clinching goal for Manchester City filtered through.
5 Gabriel Heinze
Born in Patagonia to a German father and an Italian mother, Heinze was an uncompromising defender. He had stints at Valladolid, Sporting CP and Paris Saint-Germain before heading to Old Trafford in 2004 fresh after claiming Olympic gold. He made an immediate impact, scoring on his debut and becoming first-choice left-back. Injuries took their toll, and he departed for Real Madrid and then Marseille, scooping league titles in his first seasons with both. Capped 72 times by Argentina, he retired in 2014. Now coach of top-flight side Argentinos Juniors.
6 Paul Scholes
Xavi Hernández's inspiration and the man Zinédine Zidane regretted never playing alongside, Scholes was one of the most cultured midfielders of his generation. Quiet off the pitch, he did all his talking on it for United, his only employers. Over a career spanning 19 seasons, the Englishman amassed 11 league championships, three FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League winners' medals. He is now a television pundit, newspaper columnist and, with Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, part-owner of Salford City.
7 Wes Brown
"The best natural defender this club has had for years" according to Sir Alex Ferguson, Brown appeared over 350 times for United between 1998 and 2011. The Manchester-born defender was always troubled by injuries, problems that continued when he joined Sunderland in 2011 to end a 20-year association with United that peaked with victory against Chelsea in the 2008 UEFA Champions League final. Capped 23 times by England, Brown is now part of the Blackburn Rovers Under-23 and academy coaching set-up.
8 Edwin van der Sar
Dutch football's most celebrated keeper with a record 130 caps, he claimed four titles and the 1995 UEFA Champions League with Ajax before stays at Juventus and Fulham. He was 34 when transferred to Manchester United in 2005, landing another UEFA Champions League title three years later. Van der Sar hung up his gloves after the 2011 UEFA Champions League final defeat by Barcelona and has been marketing director at Ajax since 2012. He came out of retirement for one game earlier this year, saving a penalty for Dutch fourth-tier club Noordwijk.
Other snap shots
- Barcelona's 1997 Cup Winners' Cup side
- Maradona's Napoli reign supreme, 1989
- When Benfica beat Mourinho's Porto
- When Celtic got the better of Barcelona
- Barcelona sink Arsenal's 'Invicibles'
- When Valencia got the better of Barça
- When Paris beat Barcelona's dream team
- Trezeguet sets up Juve for Madrid win
- When Monaco stunned mighty Madrid
- Barcelona silence Madrid at the Bernabéu
- Ronaldo's Old Trafford standing ovation
- Liverpool's Istanbul heroes