Champions League final day is just 48 hours away, and we’re already bursting with excitement at the prospect of finally lifting the European Cup. So, before the anxiety well and truly kicks in – we’ve already lost all of our fingernails – join us for our A to Z of Saturday’s showpiece.
A – AC Milan’s dressing room will belong to Atlético Madrid for the match at the San Siro on Saturday night.
B – The Barclaycard Centre is where Atleti fans will watch the match in Madrid, after the club couldn’t move Beatles’ legend Paul McCartney’s concert.
C – Mark Clattenburg will referee the match, after taking charge of Atlético’s 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of the semi-finals.
D – Duomo, the iconic location of Milan and home of the UEFA Champions League Festival this year.
E – El Niño, Torres he’s done it before but he says this time it would be more special.
F – Frente Atlético, the Atletico Madrid ultras group who will be singing loudly throughout the match.
G – Giuseppe Meazza, the official name of the San Siro stadium, which is home to both Inter and AC Milan.
H – The ‘Home’ team decided by UEFA will be Real Madrid.
I – Inter Milan, the other great team from the city, that shares the San Siro stadium with AC.
J – Joke – ‘Whats similar between a Real Fan and a bottle of beer? They are both empty from the neck up’
K – Alicia Keys will perform at the opening ceremony of the Champions League final.
L – Lisbon. The venue of the 2014 Champions League final, which ended in heartbreak for Atlético. One of the many driving factors ahead of Saturday night.
M – Madrid, the capital of European football over the last few years.
N – Neptuno, the fountain of Neptune in Madrid is where Atleti supporters go to celebrate titles. Hopefully we will be visiting it on Saturday night.
O – Ole Ole Ole, Cholo Simeone!
P – Piazza Duca D’Aosta, the location of the official Atlético ‘Fan Zone’ for the match. We’ll see you there!
Q – Quarter to nine. The match is a 20:45 kick-off in Milan local time.
R – Rest, this time Atleti has had two weeks preparation, compared to only one last time.
S – The San Siro is actually the neighbourhood of the stadium, and not its name.
T – Thirty-six. The minute that Diego Godín put Atlético into the lead in the 2014 final.
U – La Undecima, ‘the eleventh’ Champions League is Real Madrid’s dream.
V – Vendetta, so much hatred between these two teams.
W – Winner, will have to face Sevilla in the Supercup
X – Xanax, a calming drug which we may need.
Y – YouTube, for the first time ever the match will be streamed on YouTube in the UK
Z – Zero, the times Real Madrid have won in an official match in the San Siro
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