Photo Of The Day: Celtic Fans In Lisbon 2006

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.

Despite being defeated, the Celtic faithful were in great spirits at full time.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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