Photo Of The Day: Fortress Paradise, Over A Decade Of Virtual Invincibility In Europe

Today’s photo of the day provokes nostalgic memories of countless European nights at Celtic Park. From our Champions League debut in 2001 until Juventus beat us in 2013, we were virtually unbeatable at home. In Champions League matches at Parkhead (group stage and beyond) the Bhoys lost just two matches in 12 years – Barcelona 3-1 (2005), Barcelona 3-2 (2008) – prior to the Old Lady coming to town.

Man Utd came twice and left without victory, AC Milan tried three times, , Shaktar Donetsk, Villarreal, Benfica – the list is endless, whilst Barcelona and Juventus were both beaten to ensure they didn’t always have things their own way.

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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