The OxStu’s Footballing Five-for-Friday: Obscure Champions League Teams


In a  weekly series, The OxStu compiles a top five list of all things football, from Premier League to pundits. This week, with the Champions League kicking off on Tuesday, we look some of the less well-known sides to have appeared in the competition. Feel free to join in the debate by commenting in the box below.


FC Kosice (Slovakia) 1997/98

How qualified: Slovak Champions. Defeated IA Akranes and Spartak Moscow in qualifying stages

Champions League Group: Manchester United, Juventus, and Feyenoord

Record: 0 wins, 0 draws, 6 defeats, 2 goals scored, 13 goals conceded

Star Players: Ruslan Lyubarskly, Vladislav Zvara, Ladislav Molnar

Memorable Moment: Scoring two goals in a 3-2- loss to Juventus


Anorthosis Famagusta (Cyprus) 2008/09


How qualified: Cypriot Champions. Defeated Pyunik, Rapid Vienna, and Olympiacos in qualifying stages.

Champions League Group: Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Panathinaikos

Record: 1 win, 3 draws, 2 defeats, 8 goals scored, 7 goals conceded

Star Players: Nicos Katsavakis, Hawar Taher, Cédric Bardon

Memorable Moment: A spectacular 3-3 draw with an Inter Milan team that included Ibrahimovic, Cambiasso, and Zanetti


Oțelul Galați (Romania) 2011/12

How qualified: Romanian Champions

Champions League Group: Manchester United, Basel, Benfica

Record: 0 wins, 6 defeats, 3 goals scored, 11 goals conceded

Star Players: Sergiu Costin, Gabriel Giurgiu, Silviu Ilie

Memorable Moment: Playing a Manchester United at Old Trafford including the likes of Rooney, Berbatov, and Nani


Viktoria Plzeň (Czech Republic) 2011/12


How qualified: Czech Champions. Defeated Pyunik, Rosenborg, and Copenhagen in qualifying stages.

Champions League Group: Barcelona, AC Milan, BATE

Record: 1 win, 2 draws, 3 defeats, 4 goals scored, 11 goals conceded

Star Players: Marek Bakoš, David Bystroň, Pavel Horváth

Memorable Moment: Drawing 2-2 with an AC Milan team featuring Robinho, Seerdorf, and Pato, and qualifying for the Europa League in the process


Ferencváros (Hungary) 1995/6

How qualified: Hungarian Champions. Defeated Anderlecht in qualifying stage

Champions League Group: Real Madrid, Ajax, Grasshoppers

Record: 1 win, 2 draws, 3 defeats, 9 goals scored, 19 goals conceded

Star Players: Goran Kopunovics, Elek Nyilas, Krisztian Lisztes

Memorable Moment: Holding a Real Madrid side featuring Raul, Fernando Hierro, and Michael Laudrup to a 1-1 draw




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