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Millions of fans look forward to the most anticipated game of the year, a shock that will be unprecedented in terms of rivals. Learn more about this event
The big finals definitely mark a before and after, almost always in places and with equipment traditionally called for this type of appointment. However, in the upcoming battle for glory next June 1, this statement can't be further from reality.
Leer en español: Cinco cosas que no sabías sobre la final de la Champions League
This Champions League final will find on the field two teams that have never met in a European final such as Tottenham and Liverpool. They will also do so in Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano, a stadium that has not been built for more than two years, two very striking novelties. But what else is hidden in the face of this duel for glory? Now, five things that maybe you did not know about Champions League's final.
1. Madrid, a city that breathes football
Madrid, as indicated by the UEFA portal itself, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, the fourth most visited city in Europe. It is the sixth largest city in the old continent and has a population close to three million people, a population that breathes football year after year between the fanaticism generated by Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, and this time they will have to bet on its streets to receive a 100% English final.
2. A stadium worthy of a final
The new Wanda Metropolitan Stadium that replaces Vicente Calderón a couple of years ago as the home of Atlético de Madrid, has that name in honor of the original home of the mattress team that was also called Metropolitano, which comes from Madrid's seven subway line that arrives right at the venue, says UEFA.
It should be noted that the word Wanda that accompanies the name of the scenario, is due to the Chinese company Dalian Wanda, owner of 20% of the mattress club, which contributed a good part of their expenses and therefore asked to be included in the name. In addition, UEFA states that the Wanda has a capacity for 68 thousand spectators and as a great novelty has an environmental element that is the hundreds of solar panels that cover it and reduce its energy consumption.
3. How do I get the tickets to go see Tottenham vs Liverpool?
Another UEFA article clarifies that the first 4,000 tickets have already been sold to fans around the world through its website and that the finalists, in this case, Tottenham and Liverpool, will receive 17,000 tickets each to administer its sale, while the rest of the ticket office will be for the local organizing committee, UEFA and national federations, commercial sponsors and media. While UEFA does not clarify the cost of tickets, online package sellers, including tab-ticketbroker.com, have them for sale at a cost of 7,000 euros.
4. An inaugural ceremony that promises
The group Imagine Dragons will be in charge of performing at the opening ceremony, sponsored by Pepsi. Known for great hits such as 'Believer', 'Radioactive' and 'Thunder', the rock band has won a Grammy. While last year's performance of pop singer Dua Lipa prior to 2018 final was surprising, the 2019 ceremony will feature a production level never before seen in a decisive Champions League match, according to the European Football Association.
5. The great novelty, the Champions Festival
The celebration of Tottenham - Liverpool will have a spectacular setting wherever you look, UEFA informed that its great novelty for this year will be the Champions Festival, an event that will take place from Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, March 2. June in the center of Madrid.
"The festival will have free admission and will be the perfect occasion for enjoyment in the days leading up to the final. It will feature the Ultimate Champions Tournament, in which great stars of the Champions League will participate. In addition, there will be freestylers, signing session of autographs, music, DJs and the opportunity to take a photo with the trophy", all initiatives that will frame a luxury final in which apart from the struggle for the cup will excel the love and passion of soccer fans.
LatinAmerican Post | Freddy González
Translated from "Cinco cosas que no sabías sobre la final de la Champions League"