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A celebration of football in Munich

Published: Saturday 19 May 2012, 11.18CET
The events leading up to tonight's UEFA Champions League final have been a great success, with UEFA President Michel Platini expressing pride at Munich's celebration of football.
A celebration of football in Munich
Olympique Lyonnais took on 1. FFC Frankfurt before a record 50,212 crowd at the Olympiastadion ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 19 May 2012, 11.18CET

A celebration of football in Munich

The events leading up to tonight's UEFA Champions League final have been a great success, with UEFA President Michel Platini expressing pride at Munich's celebration of football.

The build-up events to tonight's UEFA Champions League final in Munich have been a resounding public success.

A record-breaking number of fans attended the 2012 UEFA Women's Champions League final, one of the highlights of this year's UEFA Champions Festival, with 50,212 fans watching the match at the Olympiastadion in Munich.

The UEFA and European women's club fixture record previously stood at 28,112 for the UEFA Women's Cup final in Duisburg in 2009. In addition, tens of thousands of fans have flocked to the UEFA Champions Festival since it opened on Wednesday.

The UEFA Women's Champions League final was the climax of the second day of the UEFA Champions Festival, the free four-day event at Munich's Olympia Park that is building up to the UEFA Champions League final.

UEFA President, Michel Platini, said: "I am very proud of this week of football, which is a true celebration of the fans' passion, and culminates with one of the biggest sporting events. We aim to bring football to all here in Munich, and with the festival, the two finals, and the grassroots activities we are turning this city into a true European football capital this week."

The UEFA Champions League final was moved from a midweek fixture to a Saturday for the first time in 2010 in Madrid following an idea of the UEFA President, Michel Platini, so that more football fans and families would get be able to attend the Final and get involved in the festivities around the four-day Champions League Festival.

The Festival is a unique opportunity for fans to take part in football related activities and learn about different aspects of the game such as grassroots, women's football and futsal.

The Olympiastadion played host to today's Ultimate Champions Match. The 11-a-side game featured international football legends such as Steve McManaman, Gianfranco Zola and Giovane Elber when the 'World All-Stars' – a team of international football legends – took on FC Bayern All-Stars & Friends.

The Festival will close with the official UEFA public viewing of the UEFA Champions League final which kicks off at 20.45CET on Saturday 19 May. A sell-out crowd of 60,000 fans will fill the Olympiastadion to enjoy the game.

Ensuring global fans don’t miss out on any of the action, the Festival is available to a larger global audience than ever before through UEFA's innovative digital activity campaign. Using key digital platforms such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare, as well as a free Android smartphone application, UEFA is sharing unique content from the UEFA Champions Festival in Munich with fans around the world.

Last updated: 19/05/12 12.35CET

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