The incredible 2003-04 Champions League final

The incredible

One of the most well-remembered finals in the history of the UEFA Champions League took place in its 2003-04 edition. The can be visited right now to wager on all matches from this exciting competition.


This match was played on the 26th of May 2004, between AS Monaco and Porto. The stadium that hosted the match was the AufSchalke, located in the city of Gelsenkirchen, Germany.


This final was quite surprising, as both Monaco and Porto were seen as underdogs, and by the way, the 1xBet website has all matches played by these two teams. Each one of them defeated some of the top European football teams during their road to the final.

Reaching the decisive match

Things for Monaco weren’t that simple during their road to the final. They qualified to the knockout stage of the tournament after finishing in first place of their group with 11 points. Don’t forget to visit - your best live bet can be made on all matches of the Monegasque squad.


Once reaching the knockout stage, Monaco became a much more solid team. They eliminated Lokomotiv Moscow, Real Madrid and Chelsea. After displaying incredible performances against teams that were clearly among Europe’s best, the Monegasqur team was seen as favorites on the final.


On the other side, Porto qualified as second in their group, also with 11 points. You can make your best live bet at 1xBet on all contests where the Portuguese team participates. In the subsequent rounds, the team led by José Mourinho eliminated Manchester United, Lyon and Deportivo La Coruña. It seemed that Porto had struggled a bit more during the knockout stage than Monaco. For this reason, the latter was seen as the most likely team to win the tournament.

Didier Deschamps vs José Mourinho

Monaco was coached by Didier Deschamps. This was his first adventure as a coach. At the time, probably no one imagined that he would become one of the best French coaches ever by guiding the French national team to a FIFA World Cup title. Virtual sports can be wagered at, where punters can also wager on matches of the French national side.


On the other hand, Porto was coached by none other than José Mourinho, who was seen as a manager with a huge potential at the time.


Shockingly, the Portuguese team won the match 3-0, and the goals were scored by:


  • Carlos Alberto;
  • Deco;
  • and Dmitri Alenichev.

This match basically propelled Mourinho into football stardom. Just a week after the contest he was hired by Chelsea, where he would be extremely successful. Whenever a team led by the Portuguese coach plays, the 1xBet website awaits for your wagers.

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