FC Porto are perhaps one of the most famous sides to be considered when thinking of a football club to have upset all the odds and lifted the Champions League in the recent era. The Portuguese giants remain a regular fixture within the tournament, however previous success has certainly made them an increasingly attractive proposition when matches are scheduled. Therefore, with a capacity of 50,033, the Estadio do Dragao becomes an incredible venue full of atmosphere when matches take place in midweek.
Azuis e brancos, or simply Dragoes as they are known, have been able to call upon some of the greatest talent that Portugal has had to offer at times, whilst players from abroad have also been able to make a huge impact when playing in Europe’s biggest club competition. With men like Jose Mourinho having been at the helm, players like Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Benni McCarthy and Vitor Baia have all played starring roles, whereas stars like Moussa Marega and Alex Telles have all featured more recently.
Of course, Porto are perhaps remembered for their success in the 2003/04 tournament when they beat AS Monaco in the final, however the Portuguese outfit also lifted the trophy back in 1987 when they defeated Bayern Munich in Vienna, Austria.
The Dragoes have continued to remain regular competitors within the Champions League over the years and continue to be a threat to other sides. The club continue to reach the knockout stages of the tournament, with Round of 16 and quarter-finals having been contested regularly.
Indeed, the 2003/04 run to the final and eventual triumph over AS Monaco is one of the most standout moments in the entire tournament’s history, as well as in Porto’s. The legendary campaign perhaps put the club back on the continental map, whilst some of the aforementioned individuals went on to become global names within the sport of football.
Along that run, Dragoes managed to get out of a group containing Real Madrid, Olympique Marseille and Partizan, winning three of their six matches, whilst they beat Manchester United in the first knockout game. Porto would then go on to beat Olympique Lyonnais and Deportivo La Coruna before beating AS Monaco in the grand finale.
Champions League Round of 16
Champions League Final
UEFA Champions League - Quarter-finals
Champions League Semi-finals
Champions League - Play Off Round
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
AS Monaco ( ASM )
Paris Saint Germain ( PSG )
Sporting Club Portugal (Lisbon)