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Champions Festival opens in Lisbon on 22 May

The Champions Festival, the annual four-day celebration of football that takes place in the week of the UEFA Champions League final, will open on 22 May at Praça do Comércio in central Lisbon.

Lisbon's Praça do Comércio will hold the event over four days
Lisbon's Praça do Comércio will hold the event over four days ©Getty Images

The annual UEFA Champions Festival takes place in Lisbon between 22 and 25 May.

In what has now become a traditional event since its inception in 2006, the free four-day football celebration will be based at Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço) in central Lisbon, near the banks of the river Tagus.

Promising to be the most interactive and fun festival yet, UEFA is inviting fans and families to visit and take part in a series of free activities, including the opportunity to have photos taken with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women's Champions League trophies.

Other highlights include the UEFA Champions League museum, photo galleries giving a pictorial history of the competition, the open-air cinema, official partner enterprises such as HTC Starball photo booths and a fan competition area.

There will be a variety of skills clinics and coaching courses put on by professional coaches throughout the week for youngsters and, of course, the Ultimate Champions legends football match (which will be broadcast live by Sport TV Portugal), plus much more.