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Oliver Kahn and Bayern won their first European Cup in 25 years. AP

Kings of Europe

Thousands of fans cheered Bayern Munich's homecoming on Thursday after the team's dramatic Champions League victory over Valencia. Bayern won the European Cup for the first time since 1976 when it beat Valencia 5-4 on penalties after a final that finished 1-1 following extra time. The Germans' hero was Oliver Kahn, who was hailed as the world's best goalkeeper after saving three of Valencia's seven attempts in the shootout.

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Road to Milan
How they got there
In brief

CNNSI.com's Patrick Snell
Bayern secures its holy grail

MetroStars defeat European champ Bayern 2-0
Valencia faces long road to recovery after defeat
Bayern victory gives Lizarazu rare hat trick
England coach to fast-track Bayern's Hargreaves
City erupts after Bayern Munich's victory
Kahn says shootout pressure was unbelievable
Valencia's Cuper laments another lost chance
Bayern boss knows how to coach, how to win
Bayern bad boy Effenberg has grown up at last
Bayern has learned from Barcelona bitterness
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CNNSI.com's Phil Jones: Inside World Sport
Bayern Munich and Valencia are deserving finalists.


CNN/World Soccer Top 10
Bayern holds No. 1 ahead of Valencia match.




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VALENCIA
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Previous Champions League Finals
2000 -- Real Madrid vs. Valencia
1999 -- Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich

Soccer Specials
2002 World Cup Countdown


Bayern Munich
Semifinal second leg vs. Real Madrid, 2-1 win
Semifinal first leg vs. Real Madrid, 0-1 loss
Quarterfinal second leg vs. Man Utd, 2-1 win
Quarterfinal first leg vs. Man Utd, 0-1 loss
Group play vs. Arsenal, 1-0 win

Valencia
Semifinal second leg vs. Leeds, 3-0 win
Semifinal first leg vs. Leeds, 0-0 draw
Quarterfinal second leg vs. Arsenal, 1-0 win
Quarterfinal first leg vs. Arsenal, 1-2 loss
Group play vs. Panathinaikos, 2-1 win

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