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10 Times Sunderland Defied All Footballing Logic

8. Conquering Europe's Greatest

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28/8/1982. With the first division kicking off, Aston Villa were due to begin their campaign with a home match against Sunderland. Sunderland had finished fourth from bottom in the previous campaign, and it was Villa's first match in front of their home fans after beating Bayern Munich 1-0 to lift the European Cup (really).

Villa were regarded as one of England's top sides, and a home match against a struggling Sunderland seemed like a pretty nice homecoming after being crowned the kings of Europe. Sunderland were determined not to be brushed aside, however - and they came to win.

The European champions were battered. Sunderland ran out 3-1 winners - killing the party mood in the Midlands, and giving the Wearside faithful a sense of optimism for the season ahead. The season ended in mediocracy for both sides, however. Villa managed a sixth place finish, and Sunderland ended up 16th.

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