Liverpool FC’s Istanbul homecoming in LEGO

It was one of the greatest games of football ever played – and certainly one of the greatest finals of all time in the UEFA Champions League (née European Cup). I remember falling out of bed at 05h00 as I was living in Melbourne at the time to watch the second half.

2005, Istanbul – and Liverpool FC were down 3-0 at half time to AC Milan. They looked down and out and seemed to have no chance of even getting a sniff of a goal.

And then the miracle. What Rafa Benitez said to that side during those 15 mins lead to what is known as the Miracle of Istanbul – Liverpool pegging it back, incredibly, to 3-3 at 90 mins and winning it on penalties. Liverpool’s fifth European Cup earned and players taking their place as Anfield Legends.

Now Printabrick has now created a limited edition custom MOC, available to buy via their website which re-creates the open top parade bus where the European Cup was shown off to the city of Liverpool.

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It costs £90, but having looked at the pictures a bit closely, I am sure that with a little thought an AFOL MOC’er could reproduce with relative ease. I reckon where the expense comes is the IP from the Liverpool crest, as this is an officially licensed product. I can see Liverpool fans buying this for the novelty value, but if I was a LFC fan and an AFOL, this might not be something I would buy simply because I would want to give the MOC a crack myself.

Besides which, I am working on my latest MOC – a Technic powered version of Dimitri Payet, which scores perfect free kicks.


My name is Keith and I am a AFOL. Currently an expat living out in Basel, CH, but have a firm footing back in the UK when time permits. I have had had Lego ever since I can remember - and only until my wee one came along have I re-kindled the flame for building again. I also run, a resource site for the 1-75 series of miniatures by Matchbox. There are only three themes that I am get/collect (finances permitting) - City, Creator (Advanced and Expert) as well as the classic Star Wars sets from Eps IV to VI (anything else does not exist). I also keep an eye in Europe with ample chance to see how France, Germany and Switzerland market and offer LEGO.

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