The UEFA Champions Festival kicks off on Thursday and there is a packed schedule with a new film festival and the ever-popular Ultimate Champions Match top of the bill.
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The annual UEFA Champions Festival takes place in Berlin from Thursday 4 June to Sunday 7 June.
The free four-day event is based at the Brandenburg Gate and will be open from 11.00–23.00 Thursday to Friday, 11.00–20.00 on Saturday and 11.00–17.00 on Sunday (all times CET).
This year there will be even more entertainment, music and football-themed events than ever. The range of exciting attractions for visitors includes opportunities to have a photograph taken with the UEFA Champions League trophy and meet former stars of the competition at one of the autograph sessions.
Former and future stars
The Champions Festival will include the chance to watch the much-anticipated Ultimate Champions Match at 17.30 on Friday 5 June, in which two five-a-side teams of UEFA Champions League greats go head to head. You will also be able to see some of the best youth football from around the world at the UEFA Young Champions tournament.
Football for all
As UEFA works with its partners to make the sport more inclusive, there will be football for all: blind footballers, amputee players and representatives from the Special Olympics – all exceptionally talented athletes – will be showcasing their skills over the four-day event.
Visitors itching to play football themselves will get the opportunity to do so on the pitch in front of the famous Brandenburg Gate. You will also be able to test your skills at the football activities organised by the UEFA Champions League partners, and against some world-renowned football freestylers.
Some of the best DJs, bands and artists from Berlin, Germany and beyond will be performing on the Champions Festival stage, including Grammy Award-nominated DJ Robin Schulz, Tom Lüneburger, Tyla Durden, The New Roses, 4 Jackson, Patrick Kronenberger, 'Berlin's most successful show' the Blue Man Group, and the Flying Steps Dance Academy.
Cinema and football enthusiasts will enjoy the film Champions and several other short pieces from around the world on a giant screen at the inaugural UEFA 11mm Champions Film Festival, from 21.00 on Thursday 4 June.
There will be no public screening of the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday 6 June, but visitors are invited to try their luck to win tickets to the match, or even to take the UEFA Champions League trophy to the Olympiastadion.
Thursday 4 June: 11.00–23.00
Friday 5 June: 11.00–23.00
Saturday 6 June: 11.00–20.00 (no public viewing of final)
Sunday 7 June: 11.00–17.00
|Thursday 4 June|
|10.45 to 11.00||Champions Festival opening: trophy arrival ceremony||11.30 to 12.00||Football freestyle sessions|
|11.00 to 13.45||Berlin grassroots football||12.30 to 13.00||HTC table football challenge|
|14.30 to 15.45||UniCredit cross culture cup||13.15 to 13.45||Football freestyle sessions|
|16.15 to 17.45||PlayStation junior champions cup||14.00 to 15.00||4Jackson|
|18.00 to 18.30||Football clinics with Michael Ballack||15.15 to 15.45||Ambassador autograph signing with Christian Karembeu|
|18.45 to 20.00||Blind football match – International Blind Sports Federation||16.30 to 18.00||Football freestyle clinics|
|21.00 to 23.00||UEFA 11mm Champions Film Festival||18.45 to 19.45||Emma Longard|
|20.00 to 21.00||Tom Lüneburger|
|Friday 5 June|
|11.00 to 16.00||adidas young champions tournament||12.00 to 12.30||Football freestyle sessions|
|17.30 to 18.30||Ultimate Champions Match – with BLUE MAN GROUP||12.30 to 13.30||HTC table football challenge|
|18.45 to 19.45||Special Olympics match||13.30 to 14.30||Football freestyle clinics|
|20.15 to 22.45||Festival lounge area||14.30 to 15.30||Ambassador autograph signing with Giovanni van Bronckhorst|
|15.15 to 16.15||4Jackson|
|16.30 to 17.00||AKA|
|18.45 to 19.15||Juventus DJ|
|20.00 to 20.45||Tyla Durden|
|21.30 to 22.45||DJ Robin Schulz presented by PlayStation Music|
|Saturday 6 June|
|11.00 to 13.00||Football for friendship||11.30 to 12.00||HTC table football challenge|
|13.00 to 14.00||Football freestyle clinics||12.30 to 13.00||Ambassador autograph signing with a football celebrity|
|14.00 to 15.30||Nissan five-a-side competition||13.45 to 14.15||Flying Steps Academy|
|15.30 to 17.00||Amputee football match – European Amputee Football Federation||14.30 to 15.30||Fabrizio Levita & Band|
|17.00 to 20.00||Free play sessions||16.00 to 16.30||Flying Steps Academy|
|17.00 to 18.00||The New Roses|
|No public screening of the UEFA Champions League final|
|Sunday 7 June|
|11.00 to 14.00||Berlin grassroots football||11.30 to 12.00||Football freestyle sessions|
|14.00 to 15.30||Free play sessions||12.00 to 12.30||Flying Steps Academy|
|15.30 to 17.00||Street football world match – Sportjugendlcub Prenzlauer Berg||12.45 to 13.15||HTC table football challenge|
|15.15 to 16.15||Tragz Berlin|
|16.30 to 17.00||Football freestyle sessions|
Media wishing to attend the festival are requested to register in advance by emailing email@example.com. A separate accreditation is needed for the Ultimate Champions Match on Friday (17.30CET), where a mixed zone (limited space) will be set up for interviews with the players after the game.
Full fan information can be found on UEFA.com.