Today’s photo of the day continues with a European theme as it shows Celtic fans in Lisbon ahead of the Champions League group stage clash with Benfica in 2006. It was a re-run of 1969 as Celtic lost 3-0 in Portugal, having already beaten the Eagles 3-0 in the reverse fixture.
Many thousands of Celtic fans made the trip, some making the pilgrimage to Estadio Nacional where the Lisbon Lions won the European Cup. Such a visit would become a regular part of the Celtic calendar as the Hoops drew Benfica the following season and again in 2012.
Celtic fans in Lisbon before the Benfica game in 2006. It was a re-run of 1969, whereby we beat them 3-0 at home and lost 3-0 away pic.twitter.com/JsLB4HLL6G
— Liam Kelly (@cfcliamk96) June 12, 2021
Despite being defeated, the Celtic faithful were in great spirits at full time.