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One Night In Munich... Five Years Ago

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MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 22: Danijel Pranjic of Muenchen runs with the ball during the friendly match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Netherlands at Allianz Arena on May 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 22: Danijel Pranjic of Muenchen runs with the ball during the friendly match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Netherlands at Allianz Arena on May 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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This is the morning of the Champions League Final. Today, Bayern Munich will welcome Chelsea to their home ground and face off in a battle to be the best club in Europe. Tonight, Bolton Wanderers fans are reminded of their glorious day in Germany when the mighty men in white took on Die Roten and came back to the Reebok with an incredible European draw in hand.

We're far removed from that night in 2007 but what a famous result it was. There's no shame in reliving past glories, is there?

Just watch that on repeat. Over and over and over.

It was on eight minutes that Bolton Wanderers stunned Bayern Munich and the home fans as Ricardo Gardner's deflected shot beat Oliver Kahn to put the Trotters ahead. The goal was Bibi's first since 2002.

It was a real David vs. Goliath clash as Gary Megson's Bolton Wanderers had won only one game in the Premier League up to that date (November 8) while Bayern Munich sat pretty atop the Bundesliga with a +23 goal differential.

It took Lukas Podolski just 22 minutes to get the equalizer and his first goal on the night when he put it past Ali Al-Habsi on 30 minutes. Poldi's goal was the result of some wonderful passing between the goalscorer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Franck Ribery.

The German side continued their dominance on possession and passing into the second half where just four minutes in, Franck Ribery tore into the Bolton defense (where have we heard that before) . The Frenchman played a deft little lay-off ball to Podolski who easily scored his second.

Most people didn't expect Bolton to leave the Allianz Arena with a result. It was never going to be easy but then again, this is Bolton Wanderers and "easy" isn't in the club's vocabulary. Bolton had other ideas as Munich continued their dominance and in the 82nd minute, it was Kevin Davies that earned Bolton a famous draw. Kevin Nolan's pass to the far post found Super Kev and he hit it home past Oliver Kahn, sending the ball under the German legend.

It's amazing how far Bolton Wanderers have come since then. Just look at the squad we played on that night:

Goalkeeper: Ali Al Habsi

Defense: Andy O'Brien, Gerald Cid, Lubomir Michalik, Ricardo Gardner

Midfield: Mikel Alonso, Kevin Nolan, Danny Guthrie, Gavin McCann

Forwards: Daniel Braaten, Kevin Davies

Substitutes: Stelios Giannakopoulos, Ian Walker, Gary Speed, Zoltan Harsanyi, James Sinclair, Andranik Teymourian, Robert Sissons.

Even if Chelsea manage to win tomorrow, just know that an English team going to Munich and getting a brilliant result is so five years ago.