CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: FACT FILE: Real Madrid vs Athletico Madrid

Real Madrid vs Athletico Madrid (UEFA Champions League final-2013/14 )

Date: Saturday 24 May, 2014.
Time: 6: 45pm
Venue:Estadio da Luz, Lisbon- This venue hosted the final of the 2004 UEFA European Champions final.

Statistics about the finalists
Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid make history by playing in an all Madrid derby; the first time in the history of the competition a city has produced two finalists in European Cup/UEFA Champions League. This match is dubbed the derby of the century.

While nine-time winners Madrid are in their 13th European Cup final – albeit a first for 12 years – Atlético’s only previous venture to this stage ended in disappointment in 1974. This is coach Diego Simeone’s debut season in the UEFA Champions League; his opposite number Carlo Ancelotti, on the other hand, has an association with the competition stretching back almost 30 years.

Atl̩tico have not been in the European Cup final for 40 years but, having lifted the UEFA Europa League in 2010 and 2012, do not lack for big-match experience Рa point their coach was keen to stress.

They reached the final in 1974 but were beaten 4-0 by Bayern Munich in a replay, after the first match finished 1-1.

Real, meanwhile, could win the trophy for a record 10th time but it will be their first success since 2002, when Zinedine Zidane scored a spectacular goal to secure a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Head to head between Real and Athletico in Europe
The two sides have met in Europe on three occasions, all in the 1959 European Cup. Real Madrid won two, with Athletico winning one.

UEFA European Champions’ Cup 1958/59, Semifinal
  13.05.1959                Real Madrid    2-1      Atlético Madrid           , Venue-Zaragoza La Romareda        

 UEFA European Champions’ Cup 1958/59, Semifinal
  07.05.1959                Atlético Madrid           1-0 Real Madrid, Venue- Madrid Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid

UEFA European Champions’ Cup 1958/59, Semifinal
  23.04.1959                Real Madrid 2-1 Atlético Madrid,  Venue- Madrid Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Match report
If the draw had allowed it, the final would almost certainly have been an all Madrid affair, but the chances of that were lost when Real and Atletico were paired together in the semi-finals. Real might have brushed aside the Spanish challenge of Seville by eight goals a year earlier, but their local rivals were to provide a much sterner test with the likes of Brazilian World Cup star Vava and the Portugese striker Mendonca in their line-up. The opening game in the Bernabeu saw Atletico take the lead through Chuzo after 15 minutes. Real, without the injured Kopa, struck back immediately with a goal from Rial, before a Puskas penalty gave the home side the lead. Vava, however was less successful from the spot as his penalty for Atletico was saved by Real’s new goalkeeper Rogelio Dominguez to leave Real with a one goal lead to take across the city. With Kopa back in the side in place of Puskas, Real’s lead lasted only until the 43rd minute of the second leg when Atletico winger Enrique Collar scored the only goal of the match and set up the first ever replay in a European Cup semi-final. The deciding game took place in Zaragoza and turned out to be just as close as the previous two matches had been. Di Stefano gave Real the lead after 16 minutes, but this time it was the turn of Atletico to reply immediately as Collar equalised just three minutes later. In the end, however, it was another penalty from the recalled Puskas five minutes before half-time that decided the outcome and Real were through to the Final once more after a 2-1 win.

European Cup/UEFA Champions League final has produced four national derbies and this is the 5 time the competition has produced two finalists from the same country, but the first time the competition has the finalists from the same city.

These four previous finals were played in 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

The 2000 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place on 24 May 2000. The match was played at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France, to determine the winner of the 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League. The final pitted Spanish teams Real Madrid and Valencia. It was the first time in the UEFA Champions League or the European Cup that two clubs from the same country competed in the final.The match saw a headed goal from Fernando Morientes and a spectacular Steve McManaman volley put Real Madrid 2-0 ahead, before Raúl sealed the win with a breakaway third goal, rounding Santiago Cañizares after Real had cleared a Valencia corner.

The 2003 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on 28 May 2003 to decide the winner of the 2002-03 UEFA Champions League. The match was contested by two Italian teams: Juventus and Milan. The match made history as it was the first time two clubs from Italy had faced each other in the final. It was also the second intra-national final of the competition, following the all-Spanish 2000 UEFA Champions League Final three years earlier. Milan won the match via a penalty shoot-out after the game had finished 0-0 after extra time. It gave Milan their sixth success in the European Cup.

The penalty-shoot out has caused controversy among some fans as replays showed that Dida was off his goal line when saving penalties from Trezeguet, Zalayeta & Montero. Buffon was also off his goal line when saving penalties from Seedorf and Kaladze. Andriy Shevchenko put away the final penalty to win the European Cup for Milan for the sixth time. Shevchenko himself became the first Ukrainian footballer to win a European Cup winner’s medal.

The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was played on 21 May 2008 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The final was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea, representing the first time the final had been contested by two teams from England.

United won the match 6-5 on penalties after the game had ended in a 1-1 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo had given the eventual victors the lead after 26 minutes, only for Frank Lampard to equalise immediately before half-time.

The 2013 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, the 58th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 21st season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs’ Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

The match took place on Saturday, 25 May 2013, at Wembley Stadium in London, England, between German Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. In the first all-German Champions League final, Bayern won the match 2-1 with goals from Mario Mandžukić and man of the match Arjen Robben coming either side of an İlkay Gündoğan penalty for Dortmund.

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