2015 UEFA Champions League Final

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2015 UEFA Champions League Final
2015 UCL Final Visual Identity.jpg
Event 2014–15 UEFA Champions League
Date 6 June 2015
Venue Olympiastadion, Berlin
Referee Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
2014
2016

The 2015 UEFA Champions League Final will be the final match of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, the 60th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 23rd season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League. It will be played at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, on 6 June 2015,[1] between Italian side Juventus and Spanish side Barcelona.

The winners will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup. They will also qualify to enter the semi-finals of the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup as the UEFA representative.

Venue[edit]

The Olympiastadion in Berlin will host the final.

The Olympiastadion was announced as the venue for the final at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in London on 23 May 2013.[2] This will be the first European Cup/Champions League final hosted in Berlin.

The current Olympiastadion was built for the 1936 Summer Olympics in the western part of the city and formed the southern part of the Reichssportfeld (today Olympiapark Berlin). During the Second World War, the area suffered little damage. After the war, Allied military occupation used the northern part of the Reichssportfeld as its headquarters until 1949.

Since 1985, the stadium has hosted the finals of both the DFB-Pokal and its companion women's tournament, the Frauen DFB Pokal. The Olympiastadion hosted the Internationales Stadionfest, which also served as an IAAF Golden League event until 2010. The stadium hosted the 2009 World Championships in Athletics where Usain Bolt broke the 100m and 200m world records.

Aside from its use as an Olympic stadium, the Olympiastadion has a strong footballing tradition. Historically, it has been the home ground of Hertha BSC since 1963. It was also used for three matches at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. It was renovated ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, at which it hosted six matches, including the final.

Background[edit]

This will be the eighth European Cup/UEFA Champions League finals for both Juventus and Barcelona. Juventus won two of their previous finals (1985, 1996) and lost five (1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003), while Barcelona won four of their previous finals (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011) and lost three (1961, 1986, 1994). Barcelona also played in six Cup Winners' Cup finals (winning in 1979, 1982, 1989, 1997, and losing in 1969, 1991), while Juventus also played in one Cup Winners' Cup final (winning in 1984) and four UEFA Cup finals (winning in 1977, 1990, 1993, and losing in 1995).

The two teams have played six times in European competition, but never in a final. In their previous UEFA club competition meetings, Barcelona won 2–1 on aggregate in the 1985–86 European Cup quarter-finals and 3–2 on aggregate in the 1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals, while Juventus won 3–2 on aggregate in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.[3]

Both teams may still win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and Champions League titles. Juventus were crowned champions of the 2014–15 Serie A on 2 May 2015, and they also won the 2015 Coppa Italia Final on 20 May 2015. Barcelona were crowned champions of the 2014–15 La Liga on 17 May 2015, and will play in the 2015 Copa del Rey Final on 30 May 2015.

Road to the final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Italy Juventus Round Spain Barcelona
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Sweden Malmö FF 2–0 (H) Matchday 1 Cyprus APOEL 1–0 (H)
Spain Atlético Madrid 0–1 (A) Matchday 2 France Paris Saint-Germain 2–3 (A)
Greece Olympiacos 0–1 (A) Matchday 3 Netherlands Ajax 3–1 (H)
Greece Olympiacos 3–2 (H) Matchday 4 Netherlands Ajax 2–0 (A)
Sweden Malmö FF 2–0 (A) Matchday 5 Cyprus APOEL 4–0 (A)
Spain Atlético Madrid 0–0 (H) Matchday 6 France Paris Saint-Germain 3–1 (H)
Group A runner-up
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Spain Atlético Madrid 6 13
2 Italy Juventus 6 10
3 Greece Olympiacos 6 9
4 Sweden Malmö FF 6 3
Source: UEFA
Final standings Group F winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Spain Barcelona 6 15
2 France Paris Saint-Germain 6 13
3 Netherlands Ajax 6 5
4 Cyprus APOEL 6 1
Source: UEFA
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Germany Borussia Dortmund 5–1 2–1 (H) 3–0 (A) Round of 16 England Manchester City 3–1 2–1 (A) 1–0 (H)
France Monaco 1–0 1–0 (H) 0–0 (A) Quarter-finals France Paris Saint-Germain 5–1 3–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
Spain Real Madrid 3–2 2–1 (H) 1–1 (A) Semi-finals Germany Bayern Munich 5–3 3–0 (H) 2–3 (A)

Pre-match[edit]

Ambassador[edit]

Karl-Heinz Riedle was named as the ambassador for the final.

Former Germany international player Karl-Heinz Riedle, who won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997, was named the ambassador for the final.[4]

[edit]

UEFA unveiled the visual identity of the final on 29 August 2014. It blends the stadium with the city's Brandenburg Gate.[5]

Ticketing[edit]

With a stadium capacity of 70,500, a total amount of 46,000 tickets are available to fans and the general public, with the two finalist teams receiving 20,000 tickets each and with 6,000 tickets being available for sale to fans worldwide via UEFA.com from 5 to 23 March 2015 in four price categories: 390, €280, €160, and €70.[6] The rest of 24,500 tickets are allocated to sponsors and officials.[7]

Related events[edit]

The 2015 UEFA Women's Champions League Final was held on 14 May 2015 at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin. Unlike recent years, in which the Women's Champions League final was held in the same week as the men's Champions League final, the two matches are separated by almost a month, as the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup starts in early June.[8]

The annual UEFA Champions Festival will be held between 4–7 June 2015 in the streets around Brandenburg Gate.[9]

Match[edit]

Juventus
Barcelona


Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)[10]
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)[10]
Fourth official:
Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)[10]
Additional assistant referees:
Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)[10]
Barış Şimşek (Turkey)[10]
Reserve assistant referee:
Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (Turkey)[10]

Match rules[11]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014/15 calendar and access list". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Executive Committee decides hosts for 2015 finals". UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Juventus v Barcelona: past meetings". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Riedle relishing ambassadorial role". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 28 August 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "2015 UEFA Champions League final identity revealed". UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Apply for Champions League final tickets from Thursday". UEFA.com. 3 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Champions League final 2015: Uefa allocate 24,500 tickets for officials, sponsors and corporate hospitality". The Independent. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark to stage final". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 16 July 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Champions Festival: Berlin, 4-7 June". UEFA.com. 18 May 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Çakir to referee UEFA Champions League final". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 18 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2014/15 Season" (PDF). UEFA.com. 1 May 2014. 

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