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Old stars crown week of Champions Festival fun

Published: Saturday 22 May 2010, 17.23CET
UEFA Champions League final ambassador Emilio Butragueño scored the opener in the all-star Ultimate Champions Match as Madrid's week-long 'Fiesta de fútbol' came to a close.
by Kevin Ashby
from Parque del Retiro

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Published: Saturday 22 May 2010, 17.23CET

Old stars crown week of Champions Festival fun

UEFA Champions League final ambassador Emilio Butragueño scored the opener in the all-star Ultimate Champions Match as Madrid's week-long 'Fiesta de fútbol' came to a close.

Emilio Butragueño's team of Spanish legends triumphed in the Ultimate Champions Match which helped bring the curtain down on a week-long 'Fiesta de fútbol' at the UEFA Champions Festival.

The Parque del Retiro in Madrid opened its doors to fans last Saturday and was chiefly enjoyed by locals and tourists before fans of UEFA Champions League finalists FC Bayern München and FC Internazionale Milano descended on the Spanish capital in their thousands.

As the sun shone in the build-up to kick-off, supporters happily queued for photos with the European Champion Clubs' Cup, while displays of memorabilia and images reflecting the excitement of Europe's top club competition – notably the Theatre of Champions - also proved popular.

Skills clinics by the likes of Zinédine Zidane, Christian Karembeu and Steve McManaman – all UEFA Champions League winners in Real Madrid CF colours – went down a storm with youngsters, as did Friday's autograph sessions with club ambassadors Luís Figo and Paul Breitner.

The UEFA Young Champions Tournament, a competition for boys and girls aged ten to 16, concluded on the main pitch before the stars of yesteryear took centre stage for the Ultimate Champions Match.

Fittingly, UEFA Champions League final ambassador Butragueño opened the scoring, and a Spanish team featuring the likes of Fernando Hierro did not disappoint as they beat an international team of former pros 19-14.

McManaman – who featured for an 'away' team which included FIFA World Cup winners Alessandro Altobelli and Bebeto – predicted a 2-1 victory for Inter in the main event, but was primarily looking forward to returning to the Santiago Bernabéu, telling UEFA.com: "It's a wonderful stadium, a wonderful city, weather's beautiful and there are lots of fans about. It should be a cracking game."

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