Celtic find themselves in Sevilla to face Real Betis in the Europa League group stage – Sevilla marking a poignant moment in Celtic history.
The Bhoys were on the verge of European glory in 2003 when they faced JosÃ© Mourinho’s side Porto in the UEFA Cup final, an ancestor of the Champions League, but they were defeated in a 3 loss. -2 in overtime.
The defeat left its scars; the BBC reported that then manager O’Neill said he still hadn’t watched the entire game.
Likewise, ex-Bhoy and expert who played in the final, Chris Sutton, described it as the toughest loss of his career.
Derlei and Dmitri Alenichev gave Porto the lead twice – only for Celtic legend Henrik Larsson to bring the Bhoys back into the game – half as much – rekindling their hopes for glory.
Fans will feel that the final was tinted with the same atmosphere as in the 1967 European Cup victory in Lisbon, in which Celtic stunned European football with their almighty European triumph.
As shared on Twitter by Celtic1967.com, it has been thirteen years since a Celtic team set foot in Seville and the Spanish city may prove moving for the dozens of Celtic fans who have traveled to the Iberian nation. to encourage the Bhoys.
Twitter: Back in Seville tonight for the first time in 13 years. What is your favorite memory of the Route de Sevilla? (@ Celtic1967_com)
Will the Bhoys upset Seville?
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A win over opposition La Liga could be a great opportunity for Ange Postecoglou to make his mark in world football in one of the biggest club competitions in the game.
However, Celtic will need an upset or two to escape a squad between La Liga and Bundesliga, and hope to knock out their Spanish counterparts with green and white hoops on their own soil.