Ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final, which takes place this evening in Kiev, mkdons.com has looked up the Dons who have played a part in the prestigious competition.
MK Dons Academy graduate Dele Alli has been a revelation since moving to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and he’s impressed in Europe too, totalling 11 appearances in the UEFA Champions League to date and contributing to nine goals (three goals and six assists) including a brace against Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium earlier this season.
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.
Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes featured for the Foxes in the UEFA Champions League six months prior to his loan move to Stadium MK. He played 14 minutes in their group-stage fixture with FC Porto at the Estádio do Dragão.
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 made several UEFA 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.
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 UEFA 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. In 2014/15, Di Matteo once again managed in the competition, this time while in charge of Schalke 04, guiding the German outfit to the Last 16.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who spent time on loan at Stadium MK during the 2015/16 season, made a substitute appearance 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.
German international Dietmar Hamann won the UEFA 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.
Former Dons loanee Stephen Hughes made a total of 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, 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.
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.
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.
MK Dons’ former manager Robbie Neilson played four UEFA Champions League qualifying ties for Heart of Midlothian during the 2006/07 season. Despite helping Hearts see off Bosnia and Herzegovina side Siroki Brijeg, he and his side were knocked out at the third-round stage by AEK Athens.
Midfielder Darren Potter was a member of the Liverpool squad throughout their 2004/05 UEFA Champions League-winning 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.
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.
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, 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, 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 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 a 7-1 victory over Roma.
Former Dons midfielder Shaun Williams was an unused substitute in Drogheda United’s qualifying win over Estonian club Levadia back in July 2008.
Scott Wootton is the only current Don to have UEFA Champions League experience. The centre-back made two appearances in the competition during his time with Manchester United - both coming against CFR Cluj in 2012.
Defender Matthew Upson made 10 UEFA 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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