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Feel the Thunder in Madrid at the UEFA Champions League Final!
 

Staff writer – March 18, 2019

The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League will culminate in the final on June 1, and this is an event you won’t want to miss. If you are a travel agent, make sure your clients who are football fans get to Madrid.

But book your seats quick! Tickets will sell out fast, especially VIP and group tickets.  

 

The Background
 

The Union of European Football Associations is the confederation of FIFA that covers Europe (and a few countries in Asia) and organizes several tournaments for national teams and clubs. The UEFA Champions League was started in 1992 as a reformation of the European Cup. If you include the European Cup years, the tournament is now in its 64th season.  

 

The final match moves around each year, and in 2019 it will be held in Madrid for the fifth time. The other candidate, Azerbaijan’s Baku Olympic Stadium, will instead host the Europa League Final.

 
 

In Case You Missed It…
 

Real Madrid has won the title for the past three years. This year, with the final played in their home city, they were especially eager to bring home a fourth win for their loyal fans. Still, a powerful Ajax got in their way to the final so they’ll have to wait for another chance to with the cup next year.

In 2018’s final, Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3–1 in Kiev for the title. Liverpool lost top scorer Mo Salah early in the game to a shoulder injury and by halftime, neither team had scored a goal. Then Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Loris Karius, blundered by rolling the ball. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema seized this opportunity to block the ball and send it right back into the net.

Liverpool tied the game with a header from Sadio Mane’. At 61 minutes, Real Madrid brought in Gareth Bale, who scored within three minutes, and scored again late in the second half.

The Essentials
 

The Champions League Final will take place on June 1 in Madrid at the newly built Wanda Metropolitano, also called the Estadio Metropolitano, which has a capacity of 68,000.

What to Expect
 

As of 12 March, the top scorers in the tournament are Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich (8) and Lionel Messi of Barcelona (6).

Fan predictions for the win include Juventus (with Ronaldo), Paris-Saint Germain (with Mbappe), Barcelona (with Messi), Bayern Munich, and Manchester City. Both Ajax and Atlético Madrid have high odds of winning as well.

This is the first year the tournament will employ the video assistant referee (VAR) system in the games. Officials will allow a fourth substitution in extra time, and a team can have up to 12 substitutes. Environmentally conscious fans will enjoy the stadium with its solar panels and LED lighting. The grass is watered by recycled rain.

Useful Tips
 

The stadium is not far from the airport, and you can get there by metro line seven (station: Estadio Metropolitano). The whole city is easily accessible by metro and train. Madrid has some lovely first-class hotels, but if you’ve spent all your travel money on the big game (and why not?), there are plenty of hostels to choose from, as well as accommodations for every budget in between.

While in Madrid, be sure to visit the three museums on the Paseo del Arte (Art Walk), the Royal Palace, and the Plaza Mayor, among the city’s abundant attractions. Whoever wins the big game, celebrate by feasting on delicious Spanish food, such as tapas, tortilla española, arroz negro or paella.

 

Now that you are convinced you absolutely must see this match, visit StubHub to book your tickets today, while they can still be found!