All You Need To Know About The Champions League Final
Check out all you need to know about the champions league final below
The Champions League final will be played on Saturday, May 24.
The biggest game in club football will be staged at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.
The stadium, which is home to former European champions Benfica, was originally opened in 1954 before being rebuilt in 2003 ahead of the country’s hosting of Euro 2004. The capacity of the ground is 65,647.
The venue has never hosted a Champions League final before, but it did stage the 1992 Cup Winners’ Cup final, when Werder Bremen defeated Monaco, and the second leg of the 1983 Uefa Cup final, when hosts Benfica lost 2-1 on aggregate in the final against Anderlecht.
The city of Lisbon, though, has hosted a Champions League final before, when Celtic famously defeated Inter 2-1 in the final of 1967.
This year’s final will be contested by Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid are attempting to win the competition for a 10th time as they appear in their 13th Champions League final – a record no other club can match. However, this is their first appearance in the final since 2002, when they defeated Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park.
Atletico are attempting to win the trophy for the first time. This, though, will be their second appearance in the showpiece event, having lost to Bayern Munich in a final replay back in 1974.
ROAD TO THE FINAL
Real Madrid defeated three high-profile German sides to reach the final, winning 9-2 over two legs against Schalke in the last 16, beating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate in the last eight before getting the better of Bayern Munich in the semi-finals, thrashing the defending champions 5-0 overall.
In the group stages, Carlo Ancelotti’s men topped a pool consisting of Galatasaray, Juventus and Copenhagen, winning five and drawing one of their six matches.
Atletico Madrid convincingly defeated Italian side AC Milan in the round-of-16, winning 5-1 on aggregate. They edged a closer tie against Spanish rivals Barcelona by winning 2-1 in the quarter-finals before stunning Chelsea in the semi-finals, triumphing 3-1 at Stamford Bridge after being held to a 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon. In the group phase, Atletico won five and drew one of their six matches against opponents Zenit, Porto and Austria Wien.