UEFA Champions League Final Facts (Sports News) – In just a few hours, the UEFA Champions League Final for 2020-21 will be taking place. Just like last year, the world is still coping with the COVID-19 virus; however, the final will continue as scheduled. Two English clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea, will be meeting each other on the pitch in Porto, Portugal to compete for European club football’s top prize. As we prepare for this historic event, we will be giving you some facts relating to the final, the sides involved, and what to expect.
UEFA Champions League Final Facts - The Event
- The UEFA Champions League final will be kicking off on Saturday, 3:00 AM (Singapore Time) at Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal.
- The final was originally supposed to take place at the Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul. However, the UK decided place Turkey on its red list of COVID-19 travel destinations, making their British supporters (their largest fanbase) unable to attend the games. Portugal is a green list destination from the UK, so attendees would not have to follow quarantine on the way back.
- This will the third all-English final in the history of the UEFA Champions League (after Manchester United v Chelsea in 2008 and Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool in 2018).
UEFA Champions League Final Facts - The Venue
- Estadio do Dragao is the third-largest stadium in Portugal, with a capacity of 50,033.
- It is estimated to have cost €98 million to make.
- It has been the home stadium of football club FC Porto since 2003.
- Apart from being built as a new stadium for FC Porto, it was also built for Euro 2004. In Euro 2004, it hosted the opening match, two other group matches, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Greece and the Czech Republic (1-0).
- It officially opened on 16 November 2003, where it hosted a friendly between FC Porto and Barcelona (2-0). That match was the debut of Lionel Messi in Barcelona’s first team.
UEFA Champions League Final Facts - The Teams
- Manchester City and Chelsea, the two sides who will be playing in the UEFA Champions League final, have only met once in European competition (the 1970-71 Winners’ Cup final, which Chelsea won 3-0).
- Manchester City will be the ninth English side to reach the UEFA Champions League (formerly the European Cup) final. England has reached the final three times than any other nation (Germany and Italy have 3 each). However, only one of the last 10 teams to reach this stage on the first try won – Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 over Juventus in 1997. The last English club to win their first final was Aston Villa, against Bayern Munich in 1982.
- This will be the third consecutive time that there is a first-time UEFA Champions League finalist (Tottenham in 2019, Paris Saint-Germain in 2020, and Man City in 2021).
- Chelsea won its last two matches with Man City across all competitions, both under Thomas Tuchel. The Blues last won against the Cityzens thrice in 2005-2009.
- Man City and Chelsea had a match in the Premier League earlier in May wherein Chelsea won 2-1. This makes them the first teams to compete in a European final in the same month they face in a league game since Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in May 2013 (they drew 1-1 in the Bundesliga, then Bayern won 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium).
- This will be the first time an American player will be on each side in a UEFA Champions League final (Christian Pulisic for Chelsea and Zack Steffen for Man City).
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