Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Champions League Veterans XI

Andre Villas-Boas will become the youngest coach to conquer Europe if he leads Chelsea to Champions League glory this season. The Portuguese will be 34 when the final comes around next May, making him nearly two years younger than Jose Villalonga Llorente was when he led Real Madrid to victory in the European Cup's first edition, in 1956.

Villas-Boas is so young that it's worth considering there are still jobbing players in the Champions League his age (33) or older this season. We're not just talking about faded, bit-part hangers-on either. This XI illustrates not just Villas-Boas' remarkable youth relative to the field he commands, but also the staying power of some of the best players of their generation.

Here is ESPNsoccernet's Champions League Veterans XI (aged 33 or older):

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