Soccer UEFA Champions League Final

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Normally held in the final two weeks of May is one of the most-watched annual sporting events in the world, the UEFA Champions League Final. The competition groups together the top teams from the major European leagues to battle it out for continental supremacy. The winning club is rewarded with a cheque for approximately AU$15 million and gains automatic qualification into the next series of the tournament, regardless of how they end their domestic season. Spanish giants Real Madrid remain the most successful side in the Champions League, winning a total of 10 finals between 1956 and 2014. Although the competition only includes European clubs, winning the Champions League is widely regarded as the ultimate achievement in club football, even bigger than the FIFA Club World Cup.

The venue of the final changes each year, with the announcement of the location made two years earlier. Some of Europe’s greatest venues have staged the event, including Webley Stadium in England, Olympic Stadium in Athens and the San Siro in Milan. Tickets to the event are sought after world-wide, and the final generally attracts a capacity crowd.

Some of the most memorable football matches have come in Champions League Finals. In 1999, Manchester United scored two goals in stoppage time to secure a 2-1 win over German outfit Bayern Munich, while six years later Liverpool came back from 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan in a penalty shootout.


PREVIOUS UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL WINNERS


YEAR WINNER RUNNER UP MAN OF THE MATCH
2015 BARCELONA JUVENTUS OLYMPIASTADION, BERLIN
2014 REAL MADRID ATHLETICO MADRID ANGEL DI MARIA
2013 BAYERN MUNICH BORUSSIA DORTMUND ARJEN ROBBEN
2012 CHELSEA BAYERN MUNICH DIDIER DROGBA
2011 BARCELONA MANCHESTER UNITED LIONEL MESSI
2010 INTER MILAN BAYERN MUNICH DIEGO MILITO
2009 BARCELONA MANCHESTER UNITED XAVI
2008 MANCHESTER UNITED CHELSEA EDWIN VAN DER SAR
2007 AC MILAN LIVERPOOL FILIPPO INZAGHI
2006 BARCELONA ARSENAL SAMUEL ETO'O
2005 LIVERPOOL AC MILAN STEVEN GERRARD