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Champions League final: Real Madrid vs Dortmund – All you need to know

by Tom
Champions League final 2024

Real Madrid edged Bayern Munich with a late brace from surprising hero Joselu to advance to the Champions League final, with Borussia Dortmund awaiting.

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Alphonso Davies’ rocket was not enough, as Los Blancos proved why they had been the long-time kings of the Champions League. Late in the game, with massive dramas from VAR and off-side controversies, Joselu scored a crucial double to give Madrid fans enormous hope of a 15th big-ear trophy.

Joselu scored a brace in the Champions League semi-final return leg against Bayern Munich
Joselu scored a brace in the semi-final return leg against Bayern Munich

Carlo Ancelotti’s formidable opponents in the final are Borussia Dortmund, who, after a decade, have reached their first UCL final. Their impressive journey includes a 2-0 victory on aggregate over Paris Saint-Germain, setting the stage for a thrilling final. 

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All eyes are on the Champions League final, and here is what you need to know about the most significant game per club level this season:

Champions League final

This is the 69th season of Europe’s elite club competition and the 32nd since it was renamed the UEFA Champions League.

Who is playing in the Champions League final?

  • Borussia Dortmund (home) vs Real Madrid (away)

Borussia Dortmund were first to confirm their place in the final with a 2-0 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain. They will take on 14-time champions Real Madrid, who secured their own ticket to London with a dramatic 4-3 aggregate win over Bayern.

Marco Reus Champions League final is his last game for Dortmund-min
Marco Reus will play his last game for Dortmund

Where is the Champions League final?

  • Wembley, England
  • Capacity of 90,000
  • Venues of three of England’s Group D games at UEFA EURO 2020 and two round-of-16 matches, both semi-finals and the final

The last time a UCL final was hosted at Wembley, Dortmund were there, and the tears from Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels were there, too, after being defeated 1-2 by league rivals Bayern Munich.

Marco Reus will play his last game for Dortmund in the Champions League final

This is also the record eighth time that the highlight of European football’s club calendar returns to the London venue.

Is there extra time and penalties in the Champions League final?

Yes. If the score is level at the end of normal time, two 15-minute periods of extra time are played. If one of the teams scores more goals than the other during extra time, that team is declared the winner. If the score remains level after extra time, the winner is determined by a penalty shoot-out.

Who is the referee for the Champions League final?

The refereeing team will be announced in the lead-up to the final.

The Big-ears Trophy

The UEFA Champions League trophy is 73.5cm tall and weighs 7.5kg. “It may not be an artistic masterpiece, but everybody in football is keen to get their hands on it,” said its creator Jürg Stadelmann.

The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League winners will also automatically qualify for next season’s league phase if they do not earn a place via their domestic league position.

Where are the other 2024 club competition finals?

  • 2024 Europa League final: Dublin Arena, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 2024 Women’s Champions League final: San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao, Spain
  • 2024 Europa Conference League final: AEK Arena, Athens, Greece

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