Memories from Leeds United's 2000/01 Champions League adventure

"Living the dream," was how Peter Ridsdale once famously described Leeds United’s thrilling run to the Champions League semi-finals.

Saturday, 14th November 2020, 6:00 am
Enjoy these memories from Leeds United's 2000/01 Champions League adventure. PIC: Varley Picture Agency
Enjoy these memories from Leeds United's 2000/01 Champions League adventure. PIC: Varley Picture Agency

The intoxicating atmosphere of European football at its highest level, brought out the best in David O'Leary's team as his side cut a swathe across the continent. For nine glorious months Leeds United really were the talk of Europe. These photos tell the story of a journey to remember and are sure to evoke happy memories for a generation of the Elland Road faithful. READ MORE: 16 of the most iconic Leeds United photos of all time

Leeds United 2 1860 Munich 1: Referee Costas Kapitanis took centre stage sending off Olivier Dacourt and Eirik Bakke who would be suspended for the second leg.
TSV Munch 0 Leeds United 1: Were you one of the 700 Leeds fans in Munich's Olympic Stadium that Wednesday night as an Alan Smith goal proved the difference?

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Barcelona 4 Leeds United 0: The Whites were given a painful lesson in the beautiful game in their opening match in the Nou Camp. Ian Harte hit the post and The Chief was stretchered off.
Leeds United 1 AC Milan 0: A catastrophic error from goalkeeper Dida handed Leeds victory at a waterlogged Elland Road. He fumbled a hopeful 30-yard drive from Lee Bowyer with just two minutes remaining to give Whites the win.
Leeds United 6 Besiktas 0: The night Leeds United made a huge statement at Elland Road with a rout of the Turkish champions.
Besiktas 0 Leeds United 0: Leeds fans under a heavy police cordon during the game at the Inonu Stadium in Istanbul.
Leeds United 1 Barcelona 1: A goal from Rivaldo deep into stoppage time denied Leeds victory after Lee Bowyer had put the Whites ahead.
AC Milan 1 Leeds United 1: Dom Matteo's headed goal on the stroke of half time proved sufficient for Leeds to get the draw needed to secure their qualification into the Champions League second phase.
Leeds United 0 Real Madrid 2: Gary Kelly skips over Roberto Carlos as two goals in as many second-half minutes saw Los Blancos seal victory at Elland Road.
Lazio 0 Leeds United 1: An Alan Smith goal after a moment of brilliance from Mark Viduka gave Leeds the win against the Italian champions in Rome.
Leeds United 2 Anderlecht 1: A spectacular 30-yard free-kick from Ian Harte and a stunning goal from Lee Bowyer set Elland Road alight as the Whites survived a rigorous examination.
Anderlecht 1 Leeds United 4: Leeds ruthlessly overpowered a side who had won their last nine European ties on home soil. The win also propelled them into the quarter-finals with two group matches to spare.
Real Madrid 3 Leeds United 2: 8,000 fans painted the Plaza Mayor white. Has anyone forgiven referee Ryszard Wojcik for missing that blatant Raul handball yet?
Leeds United 3 Lazio 3: An under-strength Leeds side delivered a hugely impressive Elland Road show against Lazio, whose team included Fabrizio Ravanelli and Pavel Nedved.
Leeds United 3 Deportivo La Coruna 0: A complete performance for many supporters thanks to a cavalier spirit and the inspiration of a five-star show from captain-for-the-night Rio Ferdinand.
Deportivo La Coruna 2 Leeds United 0: The Whites survived a 90-minute battering to reach the semi-final for the first time in 26 years but needed a mixture of good fortune and fantastic defending to achieve it in a pulsating game.
Leeds United 0 Valencia 0: The Whites were driven on by a crackling Elland Road atmosphere but could not find a breakthrough. Valencia almost snatched a win deep into injury time, but Ferdinand headed off the line from sub Vicente.
Valencia 3 Leeds United 0: CL death by a thousand cuts finally brought the European adventure to an end in Spain. When Juan Sanchez used an arm to turn home Mendieta's 15th-minute cross, the Whites had suffered one setback too many
What was your stand out Champions League moment from Leeds United's 2000/01 season? Email Andrew Hutchinson at: [email protected] or tweet him - @AndyHutchYPN