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    A set of commemorative postcards based on Liverpool FC's triumphant 2005 European Campaign.
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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Liverpool Football Club's emphatic European Cup triumph, I've designed a limited edition postcard collection. The set features 14 illustrated postcards and 2 text based cards, relling the story of the Reds European Cup run, from the Qualifying Stage all the way through to the Final itself. The collectors set are limited to a run of only 500, each one hand signed and numbered.
LFC win away in Austria in the Champions League Qualifying Round as they embark on their European journey. The design shows off the diversity of the Liverpool FC squad under Rafa Benitez, with players from Spain, France, Germany, Finland, Norway, Australia, Czech Rep, Poland and England making up the squad. The travel tag's theme is based on the idea of a European journey, that the Reds embarked on.
New signing Djibril Cisse scored for Liverpool as they beat Monaco at Anfield in the first game of the group. The French forward was to become the Lord of the Manor of Frodsham later in his career, but on this night, he was the King of the Kop.
Benitez's new look Liverpool side was well organised, disciplined, difficult to break down and dangerous on the counter attack. A typical Rafa performance away at Deportivo secured 3 valuable points for Liverpool as the Reds beat Deportivo La Coruna.
Coming in to the final group game against the Greek side Olympiacos, Liverpool needed to win by 2 clear goals to make it through to the knockout stages. Olympiacos scored first, pilling the pressure on the Reds, but a late fightback, capped off by Steven Gerrard's unforgettable late strike secured the points as Liverpool sneaked through in dramatic circumstances.
Drawn against the German side, Bayer Leverkusen in the first knockout stage, Liverpool dispatched them with relative ease. 3-1 victories, both home and away put Liverpool through and it was the German midfielder Didi Hamann who made his countrymen pay with a fine freekick in the first leg at Anfield.
As Liverpool reached the Quarter Finals, the quality of opposition increased, reflecting the progression the Reds had made. Facing the mighty Juventus, many fans and pundits gave LFC little hope of success, but an unbelievable strike by Luis Garcia settled the tie in the first leg as Liverpool went through to the semi's following a 0-0 draw in Turin.
 
After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, it was all to play for as Liverpool entertained Chelsea at Anfield. Luis Garcia scored the only goal of the match in controvesial circumstances as the referee gave the goal, much to the distain of the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. TV replays are inconclusive and the goal went down in history as the "ghost goal", with both sides unable to prove either way if the ball fully crossed the line.
After a superb run to the final, Liverpool were on course to win their 5th European Cup. However, after a nightmare 45mins, the Reds were 3-0 down and were being torn apart by AC Milan. Rafa's inspiring team talk set the tone for the second half as the Reds went out to restore some pride.
2 mins after Gerrard's header, Vladimir Smicer popped up to score a long range strike and suddenly hope was turning in to belief....
On 59 minutes, Liverpool were awarded a penalty. Xabi Alonso scored the rebound after his original penalty was saved and mission impossible was complete. Liverpool had come from 3-0 down to tie the game at 3-3 in an incredible 6 minute comeback.
After 120 minutes of action, the 2 sides couldn't be separated so the tie went to penalties. Jerzy Dudek saved 2 Milan kicks as Liverpool won the shootout 3-2 to claim their 5th European Cup in the clubs history.
Liverpool's European Cup win was their 5th in the clubs history, entitling the club to keep the prestigious trophy. It followed previous victories in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1984. The 2005 success will be forever known as the Miracle of Istanbul and this set of postcards commemorates an the incredible achievement.
Certificate of Authenticity, hand signed & numbered.