UEFA champions league 2015 final
Serie A champions Juventus take on the Spanish matadors Barcelona in this evening 60th UFEA champions league final where both teams are looking to cap their incredible domestic seasons by achieving rare trebles when they meet at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and his Barcelona counterpart Luis Enrique enjoyed fantastic debut seasons in charge of their respective clubs after both won domestic league and cup doubles, and the two are now within touching distance of making it unforgettable treble.For Catalan club, it would be a second such treble following their wondrous first season in 2008-09 under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola. Such treble achievement are very rare and according to UEFA champions league football records, only other six clubs have achieved similar feat before.The first one was Scottish champions Celtic’s in 1967, Dutch giants Ajax in 1972, another Dutch football great club PSV Eindhoven in 1988, English football’s most successful club Manchester United in 1999, fallen Italian club Inter Milan in 2010 and Germany’s Bayern Munich in 2013.
Contador Harrison will be supporting none of the team but will be gladsome to see scintillating football.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will have a tough assignment according to some statistics I scooped from football record data-base shows he has won only one of his eight Champions League meetings against Barcelona.Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique has met Juventus three times in all competitions as a manager and he has lost one and drawn one in Serie A, losing a quarter-final in the national cup.According to UEFA stats, Allegri is the fifth Italian manager to reach the Champions League final after Fabio Capello, Marcello Lippi, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo while Luis Enrique is the fourth Spanish manager to reach the Champions League final after current Sanish national team coach Vicente Del Bosque ,Rafa Benitez who was this week appointed as Real Madrid coach and Pep Guardiola who is currently in charge of German champions Bayern Munich.
Juventus are appearing in their first Champions League final in 12 years as they look to win the European Cup for the third time.However, several soccer fans I’ve talked to in the last few days believes that Barcelona, inspired by one the greatest player to ever grace the game, Lionel Messi, are favorites to win a fifth European Cup. It will be their fourth in the last ten years after wins against English clubs starting with Arsenal in 2006 and Manchester United twice in 2009 and 2011.Juventus have lost their last three Champions League finals played, after winning on penalties against Ajax in 1995-96 season.The Italian club could become the first club to have lost six European Cup finals if they fail to beat Barcelona. Both clubs will appear in their fifth Champions League final, level with Bayern Munich and only AC Milan have been in more.Undoubtedly, the UEFA Champions league final is the most anticipated and watched sports event of 2015 and will see more than 70,000 sports fans at Berlin Olympiastadion witness the finest football teams in Europe together with millions of viewers from more than 200 countries expected to watch the final including your blogger who will be glued to his telly.May the best team win.