Thursday Nights: Middlesbrough 05/06

Who? – Middlesbrough Football Club

What? – Euro Cup 2005/06

Where? – Middlesbrough, North East England and across Europe

When? – February 2007 – May 2008

How? – Heading into their second consecutive European campaign after finishing 7th in the Premier League, Steve McLaren and his Boro team managed to go three rounds further and made it all the way to the Euro Cup final as well as a FA Cup semi-final. With experienced pros including Gareth Southgate, Ray Parlour, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka, below is their path to the final with wins over Roma, Stuttgart and Basel.

Knockout Round Leg 1: Middlesbrough 2-0 Skoda Xanthi (Boateng 28′, Viduka 83′)

Knockout Round Leg 2: Skoda Xanthi 0-0 Middlesbrough

Group D:

Matchday 1: Grasshoppers 0–1 Middlesbrough (Hasselbaink 10′)

Matchday 2: Middlesbrough 3-0 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Yakubu 36′, Viduka 50′, 56′)

Matchday 3: AZ Alkmaar 0–0 Middlesbrough

Matchday 4: Middlesbrough 2-0 Litex Lovech (Maccarone 80′, 86′)

Round of 32 Leg 1: Stuttgart 1–2 Middlesbrough (Hasselbaink 20′, Parnaby 49′)

Round of 32 Leg 2: Middlesbrough (a) 0-1 Stuttgart

Round of 16 Leg 1: Middlesbrough 1–0 Roma (Yakubu 12′ pen)

Round of 16 Leg 2: Roma 2–1 Middlesbrouugh (a) (Hasselbaink 32′)

Quarter-final Leg 1: Basel 2-0 Middlesbrough

Quarter Final Leg 2: Middlesbrough 4-1 Basel (Viduka 33′, 57′, Hasselbaink 79′, Maccarone 90′)

Semi-final Leg 1: Steaua Bucharest 1–0 Middlesbrough

Semi Final Leg 2: Middlesbrough 4-2 Steaua Bucharest (Maccarone 33′, 89′, Viduka 64′, Riggott 73′)

Euro Cup Final: Spain Middlesbrough 0–4 Sevilla

Middlesbrough Europa League Appearance Makers:

Mark Schwarzer, Brad Jones

Stuart Parnaby, Chris Riggott, Gareth Southgate, Franck Queudrue, Ugo Ehiogu, Matthew Bates, Emanuel Pogatetz, Andrew Taylor, Abel Xavier, Andrew Davies

James Morrison, George Boateng, Fábio Rochemback, Stewart Downing, Ray Parlour, Lee Cattermole, Jason Kennedy, Adam Johnson, Gaizka Mendieta, Doriva

Mark Viduka, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Massimo Maccarone, Yakubu, Szilárd Németh

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