With a win in Saturday’s Champions League final, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will surpass compatriot Paolo Maldini as the oldest player to ever lift the trophy at the age of 39. For decades the shot-stopper has arguably been the best in the world at his trade, collecting nearly all the team and individual awards the sport has to offer and showing us what it means to give your all to a cause with loyalty, heart and professionalism.
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.
Alrighty you party animals. It’s the Champions League Final and you don’t want your party to be a bunch of people sitting on their couch talking about the new season of House of Cards. You want your guests to pay attention to Real Madrid and Juventus duking it out on the pitch. The sad truth is that one of the only ways to get non-soccer folks interested in the game is probably drinking.
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?
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.
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.
Who: Juventus and Real Madrid
When: Saturday, June 3 at 2:45 p.m. EST
Where: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
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