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UEFA.com's Champions League final week coverage

Published: Monday 23 May 2011, 9.35CET
From pre-match interviews and coach opinion to live chat during the game and video highlights after the final whistle, UEFA.com has all bases covered in UEFA Champions League final week.
UEFA.com's Champions League final week coverage
The UEFA Champions League Trophy will be lifted by Barcelona or Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Monday 23 May 2011, 9.35CET

UEFA.com's Champions League final week coverage

From pre-match interviews and coach opinion to live chat during the game and video highlights after the final whistle, UEFA.com has all bases covered in UEFA Champions League final week.

UEFA.com has a raft of exclusive content to whet your appetite ahead of Saturday's UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC, as well as the lowdown on the UEFA Women's Champions League final and the latest from the UEFA Champions Festival.

We kick off the week by talking to two of the showpiece's most venerable names, the evergreen Ryan Giggs and the recovered Éric Abidal. With Wembley Stadium awaiting its first major European final since being rebuilt last decade, we start our retrospective of the five previous European European Champion Clubs' Cup deciders held at Wembley; AC Milan's 1963 triumph is first on the agenda.

Throughout the week, some of Europe's top coaches – including the likes of Massimiliano Allegri, Didier Deschamps and Giovanni Trapattoni – will give their views on the two finalists and how they expect the match to pan out. There will also be plenty of focus on the game's grassroots ahead of European club football's most prestigious fixture, with UEFA.com's team of reporters bringing you all the latest from the UEFA Champions Festival in London.

On Tuesday, we continue our focus on the men's final by speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson, checking out some impressive skill from Xavi Hernández and harking back to United's first European Cup success, at Wembley, in 1968. We also ramp up our coverage ahead of Thursday's UEFA Women's Champions League final by speaking to last season's hero, 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam keeper Anna Felicitas Sarholz.

UEFA.com marks UEFA Grassroots Day, Wednesday, by speaking to the Football Association's director of football development, Sir Trevor Brooking. Johan Cruyff takes centre stage in our look back at the 1971 showpiece at Wembley, while we speak to Barcelona's Gerard Piqué about his time at United and Edwin van der Sar ahead of his impending retirement.

Further interviews with Potsdam and Olympique Lyonnais' key figures will follow on Wednesday before the women's final itself on Thursday, when we will have a referee interview in the build-up to the game before in-match and post-match coverage. Javier Hernández, meanwhile, answers an array of questions about his dream first season at Old Trafford, while Javier Mascherano is also in the hotseat. Graeme Souness and the Liverpool team of 1978 feature in our penultimate Wembley final piece.

With our live blog in full swing from Thursday morning, featuring all the latest from our correspondents in and around London and Barcelona, all the key information from Friday's press conferences will be available quickly. We also talk more with Hernández and learn Piqué's thoughts on the players who make the Azulgrana tick.

We conclude our series of Wembley memories with Barcelona's win there in 1992, with a team including current coach Josep Guardiola. The former midfielder will lead his team out for action around 20.40CET on Saturday, by which time we will have live chat, an interview with the man in the middle and plenty of colour in our live blog. A report, coach quotes and plenty of exclusive reaction will follow that night, with video highlights available from midnight CET.

The week concludes with a look at how the new European champions are received on their homecoming, the thoughts of the press at home and abroad, and by our A-Z of the UEFA Champions League season.

Last updated: 23/05/11 9.49CET

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