Lisbon's Estadio da Luz (Stadium of Light) will host the 2013-14 Champions League final, UEFA's executive committee said on Tuesday. The match will return to the Portuguese capital for the first time since the final of the old European Cup in 1967, when Celtic beat Inter Milan 2-1, UEFA said in a statement. Turin will host that season's Europa League final at the newly built Juventus Stadium which opened at the start of this season. The 2015 European under-21 championship will be staged in the Czech Republic. … [Read more...] about Lisbon to host 2014 Champions League final
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BERLIN, April 28, 2010 (AFP) - Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery will miss next month's Champions League final after UEFA on Wednesday banned him for three matches for assault. The Frenchman was shown a straight red card for treading on the foot of Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez in the first-leg semi-final last Wednesday, which Bayern won 1-0 in Munich. He then missed Tuesday's 3-0 second-leg win while serving part of the ban. UEFA's decision means he will miss the final in Madrid on May 22, against either Barcelona or Inter Milan. "That is a hard decision, it is a pity for both Franck and the team that he will miss the final," said Croatian striker Ivica Olic, who scored a hat-trick on Tuesday and has seven goals from this season's European campaign. "He is an important player for us." Shortly after the announcement, Bayern said they would appeal the decision. "Franck Ribery and Bayern Munich will not accept this decison and will explore all avenues available," said spokesman Markus … [Read more...] about Bayern’s Ribery banned for Champions League final
ROME, April 30, 2010 (AFP) - AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said on Friday that he will be supporting bitter local rivals Inter Milan in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich next month. However, Milan fans need not fear that Galliani has changed his spots, it is merely out of self-interest. Italy currently has four teams in the Champions League with three of those qualifying directly for the group stages. But they are perilously close to losing third place in the UEFA coefficients table to Germany. If they do, they would lose their fourth Champions League team for the 2011-12 season, hence Galliani is hoping the Germans don't win. "You have to support Inter and hope that they win before penalties, otherwise Germany will go ahead in the rankings," said Galliani. "Of course I'll be supporting Inter and that's no laughing matter. If Inter lose, the third place team next season will have to play in the Champions League qualifiers rather than going directly into the … [Read more...] about Galliani supporting Inter in Champions League final
Chelsea and Manchester City can but dream of getting to play with it, while Arsenal and United know their chances of enjoying it may be limited. But adidas today unveiled the official match ball for this season's Champions league final which will be played at Wembley in May 25. The 'Finale Wembley' ball will be used throughout the remainder of the campaign - which re-starts next month with Real Madrid's clash at home to Manchester United. The final, which will see a special ball (pictured above) is the seventh showpiece to be held at Wembley, and the second in three years. Previous winners at the famous stadium are AC Milan in 1963, Manchester United in 1978, Ajax in 1971 to Liverpool's 1978 side and Barcelona's all-conquering teams in 1992 and again in 2011. A statement from adidas read: 'The aesthetic of the ball reflects these events, incorporating the years in which the finals took place into the well-known star panel design - an iconic feature of … [Read more...] about Revealed: The ball for Champions League final at Wembley… But will either Arsenal or United reach May’s showpiece?
Bayern Munich can reach their third Champions League final in four seasons and are capable of beating Real Madrid and Barcelona if they are drawn with the Spanish giants in the knockout stage, said winger Franck Ribery on Friday. Bayern, who lost to Inter Milan in the 2010 final in Madrid and the 2012 final in Munich to Chelsea, have already booked their spot in the next round but are battling for the group's top spot with Valencia with one game left. … [Read more...] about Bayern can reach Champions League final again – Ribery