Archive 2005-2010


Not only did Filippo Inzaghi get off the mark in the Champions League this season in what was only his third outing, but the striker’s brace against Bayern Munich took his career tally in all European competition to 50 goals, 32 of which were in the Champions League, overtaking Alfredo Di Stefano’s total. Pippo certainly enjoys scoring against Bayern as he hit three against the Germans in the 2002-03 season as the Rossoneri went on to win the competition after coming through the preliminary round where the hitman, of course, found the net. The 32-year-old’s return from a serious ankle injury began back in October when he scored his first goal after 19 months but further niggling injury problems restricted his appearances and goals until he hit his current purple patch in February. The sight of him causing defences untold problems in the area may well catch Marcello Lippi’s attention as the coach settles on his World Cup 2006 squad. One player set for this summer’s tournament is Andriy Shevchenko who also has a liking for Bayern, having scored his first Champions League goal against the Bavarians on December 7, 1994. Eleven years later and the Ukrainian star leads this year’s European goalscoring charts on eight goals and has netted 52 overall. It could have been one more but for the unfortunate penalty miss but the Pippo-Sheva partnership will have further chances this campaign to add to their impressive goalscoring records.