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Dons in the Champions League

27 May 2016

The 2015/16 UEFA Champions League final takes place on Saturday evening so mkdons.com has looked up the Dons who have played a part in the prestigious competition.

Ricardo Batista
Goalkeeper Ricardo Batista, who spent time on loan with the Dons in 2006, was twice named on the bench for Sporting CP during their 2008/09 campaign, including in their Last 16 tie against Bayern Munich.

Michael Bridges
Striker Michael Bridges played a handful of games for Leeds United during their 2000/01 campaign, where they reached the semi-final. He made just one appearance for the Dons.

Luke Chadwick
Luke Chadwick made several Champions League appearances during his time with Manchester United, including one as a substitute in a quarter-final tie away at Bayern Munich in 2001.

Larnell Cole
Former Dons loanee Larnell Cole was among the substitutes for Manchester United in a group-stage clash with Galatasary in November 2012.

Roberto Di Matteo
Ex-Dons manager Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League as interim manager of Chelsea in 2011/12, leading the Blues to a final victory over Bayern Munich at their Allianz Arena home. He also played in the competition for the London club during the 1999/2000 season.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who was on loan at stadiummk last season, came off the bench for Arsenal against Shakhtar Donetsk in their 2010/11 group-stage campaign.

Tore Andre Flo
Tore Andre Flo featured in every match of Chelsea’s 1999/2000 campaign and scored eight goals, including three braces - one of which came in the first leg of a quarter-final against Barcelona. He also represented and scored for Rangers in the competition.

Dietmar Hamann
German international Dietmar Hamann won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, featuring in that dramatic Istanbul final where the Reds came from 3-0 down to win on penalties. He also featured in the competition for Bayern Munich.

Stephen Hughes
Former Dons loanee Stephen Hughes made six appearances for Rangers in the competition, half of which came in qualifiers and the other three during their Group Stage campaign of 2003.

Julien Hornuss
Julien Hornuss, who was a member of the Dons’ inaugural squad, played for Luxembourg outfit Fola in their 2013/14 second-round qualifying tie against Dinamo Zagreb.

Paul Ince
Despite playing for illustrious clubs such as Liverpool and Inter Milan, former Dons boss Paul Ince only ever featured in the Champions League for Manchester United – he played in two campaigns between 1993 and 1995.

David Martin
The Dons’ longest-serving goalkeeper, David Martin, featured on the bench for Liverpool in a group-stage fixture against Besikitas at Anfield in November 2007 – the Reds won the match 8-0.

Darren Potter
Midfielder Darren Potter was a member of the Liverpool squad throughout their 2004/05 campaign. Although he didn’t feature in the final, he did qualify for a winner’s medal having been included in the 25-man squad.

Alex Rae
Former Scotland international Alex Rae made three Champions League appearances for Rangers between 2004 and 2005, including a start in a 1-1 draw away at Portuguese giants Porto.

Mark Randall
Midfielder Mark Randall made two appearances for Arsenal during their 2008/09 European campaign, coming on as a substitute in the fixtures with FC Twente and Porto.

Paul Slane
Paul Slane, a former Dons loanee, was on the bench for Celtic when held Benfica to a goalless draw in the group stages during the 2012/13 season.

Bally Smart
Bally Smart, who enjoyed a short loan spell with the Dons, featured for Latvian club Skonto in their two-legged qualifying tie against Wisla back in July 2011 – they were beaten 3-0 on aggregate.

Alan Smith
Alan Smith reached the semi-finals during his time with Leeds United in 2000/01. The former England international also played in the competition for Manchester United, scoring in that 7-1 victory over Roma.

Shaun Williams
Former Dons Player of the Year Shaun Williams was an unused substitute in Drogheda United’s qualifying win over Estonian club Levadia back in July 2008.

Matthew Upson
Defender Matthew Upson made 10 Champions League appearances during his time with Arsenal, including eight starts. Among the teams he faced were FC Barcelona and Juventus.

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