It’s the game of the season. The Champions League Final is nearly upon us, with fierce rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid going to war for the most coveted trophy in world club soccer. But when is the match and what do you need to know? Let HollywoodLife.com tell give you the background before the big kick off!
It’s here! 10-times Champions League winners Real Madrid, recognized as one of the biggest sports franchises in the world, face off against their cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Final. It’s the most-important game in club soccer, and one that will provide plenty of excitement with the talent on display. But when is the big match, who are the star players and what else do I need to know? Click with us to find out all you need to know!
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When is the Champions League Final?
The game between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid kicks off at 2:45 p.m. EST on May 28. Why so early you ask? Well, it’s because it takes place in Italy and Champions League games always kick off in the evening in Europe.
Where is the game being played?
The match will take place on neutral soil, to give both these european giants an even chance of winning, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Normally, the stadium is home to the great A.C. Milan, however they haven’t been a force in Europe for a while now and didn’t even qualify for Champions League this year.
What players do I need to look out for?
Well, there’s one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, Cristiano Ronaldo for starters! He’s scored 16 goals this season in the competition, which makes him the leading scorer. Also, Atletico has their own gem in Antoine Griezmann, who has 7 Champions League goals to his name this season.
How did Real and Atletico get this far?
The route to the final was tricky for Atletico. They finished top of a group consisting of Benfica, Galatasaray and FC Astana. Then they beat PSV Eindhoven in a penalty shoot-out in the second round, Barcelona in the quarter-final and Bayern Munich in the semi-final. Real Madrid blitzed through an easy group of teams including Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo F, finishing top of the pile. They then destroyed Roma, over-turned Wolfsburg and edged out Manchester City.
It’s the biggest showcase in world club soccer, which means that the players involved are of the highest quality. This is soccer from another planet, and it’s going to be an amazing game. Fans will be going wild around the world for this.
HollywoodLifers, are you going to watch the Champions League Final? Who do you think will win? Do you see Cristiano getting himself on the scoresheet? Tell us what you think below!