WHEN IS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL?
The Champions League final will be played on Saturday, May 24.
WHERE IS THE MATCH BEING HELD?
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 champion 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 host 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.
WHO IS IN THE FINAL?
This year’s final will be contested by Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid is attempting to win the competition for a 10th time as it appears in their 13th Champions League final – a record no other club can match. However, this is its first appearance in the final since 2002, when it defeat Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park.
Atletico is attempting to win the trophy for the first time. This, though, will be its second appearance in the showpiece event, having lost to Bayern Munich in a final replay back in 1974.
HOW DID THEY GET THERE?
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 semifinals, 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. The club edged a closer tie against Spanish rival Barcelona by winning 2-1 in the quarterfinals before stunning Chelsea in the semifinals, 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 its six matches against opponents Zenit, Porto and Austria Wien.
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