Liverpool's 2005 Champions League winning team: Where are they now?
The monumental success this team achieved has rarely been equalled by the club since that night in Istanbul.
Istanbul on 25 May 2005 was as magical as great moments in football can be and a provided a fairytale ending to Liverpool's illustrious run in the Champions League that year. The match had everything necessary to script one of the most exciting and nail-biting finishes to a major tournament. From an early lead to an astonishing comeback, to a complete turnaround of expectations in the results following a tense penalty shootout.
Liverpool emerged the ultimate winners and it was arguably the pinnacle of Liverpool's glory in recent history. Eleven years have passed since and the players that brought incomparable glory to the English Premier League giants, have moved on to different callings and clubs. We look at what the team of 2005 have been up to since that fateful night
1) Jerzy Dudek
The hero of the night was the Polish “keeper of the Reds” Jerzy Dudek who redeemed himself in the most exciting way. He ended up saving two penalties and Liverpool won the League 3-2 on penalties.
After this, Dudek moved to Real Madrid for the 2007-08 season where he was sidelined by Iker Casillas. He played his last international game for Poland on 4 June 2013, having played exactly 10 league games since Istanbul, where he was substituted at halftime.
Dudek was named as the ambassador for UEFA Euro League 2015 in Warsaw. Since retiring, he has expressed a wish to start a football academy along with his brother Dariusz Dudek in Krakow.