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2Cellos to perform UEFA Champions League anthem in Kyiv

Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser will give a special rendition of the UEFA Champions League anthem moments before Real Madrid and Liverpool get the Kyiv final under way.

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Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser make up the dynamic instrumental duo
Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser make up the dynamic instrumental duo©Simone Di Luca

The 2CELLOS double act will perform a musical piece beloved of football fans across the globe just moments before the start of the 2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv on Saturday 26 May.

Young cellists Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, who make up the dynamic instrumental duo, will give their own special performance of the iconic UEFA Champions League anthem as the Real Madrid and Liverpool players line up for the biggest match in club football.

"It is an amazing opportunity for us to be part of such an incredible event," said Hauser. "This is a moment we will remember for the rest of our lives and we are looking forward to putting on a performance to remember."

Hailing from Slovenia and Croatia respectively, Šulić and Hauser have both played the cello since childhood. Šulić graduated from the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Hauser from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

2CELLOS rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal took the world by storm and they have a big following on YouTube, with a rendition of AC/DC song Thunderstruck being viewed more than 115 million times.

The pair are no strangers to the big stage, having been invited to tour with Elton John, in addition to playing at various world-class venues including London's Royal Albert Hall and the Radio City Music Hall in New York.