UEFA Champions League final week on UEFA.com
Monday, 20 May 2013
From exclusive interviews, expert analysis, live updates, and vibrant social communities, UEFA.com has all bases covered ahead of this year's UEFA Champions League final.
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UEFA.com has an exhaustive raft of exclusive content to whet your appetite ahead of Saturday's UEFA Champions League final between FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund and its women's counterpart two days earlier.
A UEFA Champions League-winning coach with Dortmund and Bayern, Ottmar Hitzfeld is one of a host of venerable names dispensing his wisdom in a week when Lars Ricken and Oliver Kahn come under the spotlight. Manchester United FC's third European Cup success and a tense UEFA Champions League quarter-final between two German rivals feature in our retrospective.
Germany and Dortmund prodigy İlkay Gündoğan also takes centre stage, and we reveal the star-studded lineup for this year's UEFA Champions Festival, with live coverage in our dedicated blog. Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes and Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp speak candidly about a game that fills them with passion and Franck Ribéry opens up about setting the record straight.
On Saturday, our MatchCentre goes live 90 minutes before kick-off with the latest direct from Wembley, including in-depth stats and minute-by-minute commentary. The Matchday Live panel show, hosted by Rob Daly, will also be in full swing, providing commentary and expert analysis. Stay with UEFA.com for the match report, coach and player quotes and plenty of exclusive reaction, with video highlights available from midnight CET.
UEFA Champions Festival
This free four-day football celebration, from Thursday to Sunday, is held at The International Quarter, Stratford City, close to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Women's football is on Thursday's agenda with girls' training sessions directed by UEFA Women's Champions League ambassadors, including Faye White.
Futsal luminaries Ricardinho and Javi Rodríguez will be on hand to provide hints and advice 24 hours later, before FC Barcelona's U23 futsal team tackle the England senior futsal squad. A side including Cafu, Robert Pirès, Vítor Baía and Giovanni van Bronckhorst will subsequently test their futsal skills against players from five-time English futsal champions Helvécia Futsal London in a celebrity match.
A slew of UEFA Champions League greats go head-to-head in the Ultimate Champions game on Saturday, and the final day of the festival is dedicated to grassroots matches as well as a demonstration of disability football. The world's top 16 freestylers will also battle it out in the final of the World Freestyle Championships.
A full schedule of events is available here.
Our rolling blog – brought to you by UniCredit – is more engaging, probing and incisive than ever. Get involved throughout the week, share your views directly or via Twitter and Facebook, and receive live updates direct from our team of correspondents in London, Munich and Dortmund.
Alternatively, make your voice heard on the official UEFA Champions League Facebook page, accommodating over 8.6 million fans from around the globe. Use #UCLfinal to join the conversation on Twitter with the official @ChampionsLeague account (comprising 1 million followers) supplying dedicated updates in addition to #Ask sessions, allowing fans to interview some of European football's biggest names. Pick the brains of Bayern and Dortmund experts in this season's final Q&A and enter our competition to win UEFA Champions League match balls signed by players from both finalists.
Furthermore, UEFA.com has one of the world's largest Google+ pages, housing over 3.7 million fans, all of whom can apply to speak face-to-face in a live video chat with the likes of Steve McManaman on Thursday 10.00BST and Van Bronckhorst on Friday at the same juncture.
On Thursday at 19.30CET, the attention switches to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge for the UEFA Women's Champions League final as Olympique Lyonnais hone in on a record third straight continental crown against a Wolfsburg side aiming to become the fourth German club to triumph on debut in the competition's 12-year history. UEFA.com's dedicated section has full details on both teams and the competition itself, interviews in text and video, including all-time leading scorer Conny Pohlers's guide to the Wolfsburg squad, and profiles written by the players themselves.
On the night, follow the contest in UEFA.com's MatchCentre with updates from our reporting team at the stadium and stay tuned after full time to watch highlights and video reaction. To get involved, join 150,000 followers of the UEFA Women's Champions League page or indulge yourself in Twitter with the hashtag #UWCLfinal. To be there in person, tickets are priced at just £10 (€12) for adults and £5 (€6) for children.