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The18's Definitive Guide To Who Will Win The Champions League

We've reached the final match of the 2016/2017 Champions League, which means it's the end of The18's UCL Pick 'Em.

It's been a long and daunting season, but our lively bunch has done a decent job of giving you, the readers, an idea of who will win each Tuesday and Wednesday. Below are some simple answers that you can totally steal and use as your own to make your friends think you know it all. If you need to know how to watch the match, check out this story.

Can Juventus's Defense Slow Down Real Madrid's Offense?

The Champions League Final is almost here: a rematch of the 1998 Champions League Final played in Amsterdam, the champions of Spain versus the champions of Italy. Juventus hope to win their third Champions League title in club history while Real Madrid look to win their 12th and become the first team to win back to back Champions Leagues since the competition was rebranded in 1992. The question is: how do both teams match up?

Champions League Title Winners By The Numbers

When Real Madrid and Juventus square off on Saturday in the Champions League final, fans will watch two of the most successful clubs in European football history vie for yet another trophy.

Since crowning its first champion in 1956, the Champions League (known as the European Cup until 1992) winners circle has proved to be exclusive, with only 22 clubs claiming the 61 titles.

Ten teams have won once, so the remaining 51 are divided among 12 clubs.

Lyon Prevail In Goalie vs. Goalie Shootout To Win The Women's Champions League

It required extra time — and ultimately extra penalties – to break the stalemate between Lyon and PSG and determine the champion of women's soccer in Europe.

After two hours without a goal and a 6-6 deadlock in penalties, each keeper took her turn from the spot. PSG goalie Katarzyna Kiedrzynek pushed a shot wide left, opening the door for her counterpart to seal the victory. Lyon's Sarah Bouhaddi stepped up and drilled her penalty to give Lyon its fourth UCL title in the past seven seasons. 

How To Watch The Champions League Final

The Champions League final is imminent. Our long nightmare is nearly over, and another long nightmare (the offseason) will soon begin. You'll want to start planning your Saturday now. Don't get caught unprepared like some kind of jackwagon. Here's how to watch the Champions League final. 

Match Information

Who: Juventus and Real Madrid

When: Saturday, June 3 at 2:45 p.m. EST

Where: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

TV

FOX

Fox Deportes

BT Sport 2

Streaming

John Brooks Becomes Most Expensive U.S. Player Of All-Time With Transfer To Wolfsburg

Rumors of John Brooks’ transfer from Hertha Berlin to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga have been confirmed, and the reported fee of $22.4 million makes the USMNT defender the most expensive American player of all-time.

Brooks is currently in Denver with the U.S. squad ahead of a friendly against Venezuela and two key World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago at home and Mexico at the Azteca. The fee paid for Brooks is roughly twice as much as the previous record, the $11 million Sunderland paid AZ Alkmaar for Jozy Altidore back in 2013.

With Bans For Diving And Faking Injury Coming, Enjoy The Last And Worst Of Them All

With most domestic leagues moving towards the use of video evidence to retroactively ban players for simulation and feigning injury, and with the gradual implementation of Video Assistant Referees to stamp out the behavior altogether, football's greatest evil is heading out the door.

However, it’s literally leaving kicking and screaming like a petulant two-year-old that’s been denied viewing one more train on YouTube. The latest, and perhaps greatest, has come from 34-year-old former Serbian international Danko Lazovic in the Hungarian league.

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