Football – facts and curiosities about the Champions League final – sports

Paris (AFP) – A star who is on the field for the first time in his life, was judged by his own “fan club” or a ball that has no colors but a message of peace.

The Champions League final between Liverpool FC with coach Jurgen Klopp and Real Madrid with midfielder Toni Kroos on Saturday (9pm / ZDF and DAZN) in Paris offers some intriguing side stories.

the first show:

Camila Cabello is the star of the opening mini-party – and it’s going to be a very special day for the Grammy-nominated pop star. According to her own statement, the 25-year-old has never participated in any matches on the field. The singer with Cuban-American roots said anyway, “Football is by far my favorite sport. It’s the only sport I watch that I know what’s going on and I love my family. I’ve wanted to do it a few times. I go to matches, but it doesn’t work with private dates.” B – so it’s my first match and I’m really looking forward to it.” Her wish for her first show on the field: a penalty shootout. “I hope it’s dramatic because I don’t like it when it’s 3-0 and you know what’s going to happen.”

Fan club:

It is very likely that there will be celebrations on Saturday with one or another decision by the referee. Reason: Referee Clement Turpin is French and therefore plays at home. According to UEFA, the 39-year-old from Burgundy has his own fan club. After all: his wife, his three children, his parents, his brother and his first referee coach would certainly be on the field.

Peace symbol:

Because Russia’s aggressive war on Ukraine is still going on, UEFA wants to lead by example. And it does it with the ad space that’s in the picture all the time: the ball. The play equipment will bear the letters “Мир | peace” – which means peace in Russian and Ukrainian or English. The ball will not be sold, but will be auctioned off after the final for UNHCR. According to UEFA, Adidas is “deliberately abandoning colours”. It is said that all eggs symbolize truce, unity and peace.

the lawn:

A day before the final, the grass at the Stade de France was replaced. “It’s an interesting idea,” Klopp said, but explained, “It doesn’t dampen my expectations by one per cent. I will also play on the ground.”

chase records:

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is chasing the record for former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring record in the final. The Portuguese scored 17 goals in one season with Real Madrid in the 2013/14 season, which is still the best in the Premier League. French Benzema is currently 15 years old. Benzema has already equaled Ronaldo’s record of ten goals in the knockout stage of the 2016-17 season.

Coach Series:

This year, for the fifth time in a row, you will play the Champions League final with at least one German coach. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp continues a streak in which he himself has played a major role in recent years.

German coaches in the Champions League finals:

• 1997: Ottmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund / 3:1 vs Juventus Turin)

• 1998: Jupp Heynckes (Real Madrid / 1-0 vs Juventus)

• 1999: Ottmar Hitzfeld (Bayern Munich / 1-2 vs Manchester United)

• 2001: Ottmar Hitzfeld (Bayern Munich / 5: 4 on penalties against Valencia)

• 2002: Klaus Topmüller (Bayer Leverkusen / 1:2 vs Real Madrid)

• 2012: Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich / 3:4 IE vs Chelsea)

• 2013: Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich / 2:1 vs Borussia Dortmund)

• 2013: Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund / 1:2 vs Bayern Munich)

• 2018: Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool / 1:3 vs Real Madrid)

• 2019: Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2-0 vs Tottenham Hotspur

• 2020: Hansi Flick (Bayern Munich / 1-0 vs Paris Saint-Germain)

• 2020: Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain / 0: 1 vs Bayern Munich)

• 2021: Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea / 1-0 vs Manchester City)

• 2022: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool FC / opponent is Real Madrid)

Standard coach:

For a day Jürgen Klopp was already a record coach in the Champions League: having been the first club to reach the first division final with Liverpool, the German coach, having participated in four finals since the introduction in 1992, was on the same level as Marcelo Lippi Alex Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti. A day later, Ancelotti, the former Bayern coach, took the lead after defeating Real Madrid in the semi-finals. However, Klopp is already the only record coach in Germany in terms of final appearances. He beat Jupp Heynckes and Ottmar Hitzfeld, who were finalists three times. However, they both won twice, and Klopp once. Besides Ancelotti, former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is the tournament’s record winner with three titles.

Expected lineups:

Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson – Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago – Salah, Mane, Luis Diaz

Real Madrid: Courtois – Carvajal, Eder Militao, Alaba, Mendy – Kroos, Casemiro, Modric – Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Junior.

Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

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