LIVE June 6th, 2015 (20:34 CET). Champions League final FC Barcelona vs FC juventus. Line-Ups, LIVE Match reports, scores, results via Outdoor Sport Channel® website http://bit.ly/1E4P6tX and all social media.
Referee: Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER)
Two of European football’s great names meet in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League final as Juventus and FC Barcelona face off at Berlin’s Olympiastadion on 6 June.
• Juventus, appearing in their first final in 12 years, are seeking a third European crown at the expense of a Barcelona side with their sights set on a fifth title – and fourth in the past decade.
• For both coaches, victory in Berlin would be the icing on the cake of an already impressive debut season, Massimiliano Allegri having led his Juventus team to the Serie A title, with Luis Enrique achieving the same feat in Spain with Barça.
• Indeed, having both also triumphed in their domestic cup finals, Barcelona or Juventus would complete a treble with victory in Berlin. In Barça’s case, it would be a record second after their success in 2008/09. In addition to that Barcelona side, previous treble winners are Celtic FC (1967), AFC Ajax (1972), PSV Eindhoven (1988), Manchester United FC (1999), FC Internazionale Milano (2010) and FC Bayern München (2013).
• For Juventus this is their eighth European Cup final. Their record is W2 L5:
1972/73 0-1 v AFC Ajax
1982/83 0-1 v Hamburger SV
1984/85 1-0 v Liverpool FC
1995/96 1-1 v AFC Ajax (4-2 pens)
1996/97 1-3 v Borussia Dortmund*
1997/98 0-1 v Real Madrid CF
2002/03 0-0 v AC Milan (2-3 pens)
*played at Munich’s Olympiastadion
• Juve, SL Benfica and Bayern have all lost five European Cup finals; no side has suffered six defeats.
• Juventus have also played in four UEFA Cup finals – winning three (1977, 1990, 1993) and losing one (1995) – as well as the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup final, which they won.
• The Turin club’s squad features four players with UEFA Champions League final-winning experience: Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan 2003, 2007); Patrice Evra and Carlos Tévez (Manchester United FC 2008); Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid CF 2014).
• A substitute in Madrid’s final victory 12 months ago, Morata could become the fourth player to appear in UEFA Champions League final victories in successive seasons for different clubs, after Marcel Desailly (Olympique de Marseille 1993, Milan 1994), Paulo Sousa (Juventus 1996, Dortmund 1997) and Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona 2009, Inter 2010).
• A member of AS Monaco FC’s beaten finalists in 2004, Evra tasted defeat against Barcelona with United in both the 2009 and 2011 finals, with Tévez featuring in the 2009 game too.
• Buffon is the sole survivor of Juventus’s last final appearance in 2003, when Pirlo was on the opposing side.
• This is also Barcelona’s eighth European Cup final and their record is W4 L3:
1960/61 2-3 v SL Benfica
1985/86 0-0 v FC Steaua Bucureşti (0-2 pens)
1991/92 1-0 v UC Sampdoria (aet)
1993/94 0-4 v AC Milan
2005/06 2-1 v Arsenal FC
2008/09 2-0 v Manchester United FC
2010/11 3-1 v Manchester United FC
• A scorer in Barcelona’s 2009 and 2011 victories, Lionel Messi could become the first player to find the net in three UEFA Champions League finals.
• As well as facing Italy’s Sampdoria and Milan in European Cup finals, Barcelona also beat Samp 2-0 in the 1989 European Cup Winners’ Cup final.
• In total Barcelona played in six UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup finals, winning in 1979, 1982, 1989 and 1997 and losing in 1969 and 1991. Luis Enrique was a member of their victorious 1997 side against Paris Saint-Germain.
• Barcelona have eight survivors of their 2011 UEFA Champions League final team in their squad: Daniel Alves, Gerard Piqué, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Pedro Rodríguez and Lionel Messi. Adriano was an unused substitute.
• Ivan Rakitić was man of the match for Sevilla FC in last season’s UEFA Europa League final.
• Juventus edged past Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate when the clubs met in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. After a 1-1 draw in Turin, Marcelo Zalayeta’s 114th-minute goal secured victory for Juve at the Camp Nou after Xavi had equalised a Pavel Nedvěd strike.
• Luis Enrique played alongside Xavi in both of those ties, captaining Barcelona in the second leg. Buffon was in goal for Juventus.
• Barcelona ended Juventus’s European Cup defence in the 1985/86 quarter-finals, winning 1-0 in Spain before a 1-1 draw in Turin where Michel Platini got the Bianconeri’s goal.
• Five years later Barcelona came out on top in the sides’ 1990/91 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final, winning 3-1 at home before a 1-0 defeat in Italy.
• Juventus reached the final by deposing holders Real Madrid CF with a 3-2 aggregate success in the last four. They are now looking to mark the 30th anniversary of their first European Cup triumph by reclaiming the trophy at the expense of another Spanish giant.
• Allegri’s men are on a nine-game unbeaten run in the competition, keeping five clean sheets.
• Barcelona are the third Spanish opponents for Juve in this campaign. In the group stage, they lost 1-0 at Club Atlético de Madrid before a 0-0 home draw.
• The Italian side’s overall record against Spanish clubs is P44 W15 D11 L18.
• Juve’s shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W3 L3:
2-3 v AC Milan, 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final
4-2 v AFC Ajax, 1995/96 UEFA Champions League final
1-3 v Real Madrid CF, 1986/87 European Cup second round
4-2 v Argentinos Juniors, 1985 European/South American Cup final
1-4 v Widzew Łódź, 1980/81 UEFA Cup second round
3-0 v AFC Ajax, 1977/78 European Cup quarter-final
• Barcelona are back in the final after a four-year absence, and booked their ticket to Berlin by beating FC Bayern München 5-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals. Prior to their second-leg loss in Munich, they were on a nine-match winning streak in the competition.
• Barcelona last faced Italian opponents in last term’s group stage, overcoming a Milan side coached by Allegri 3-1 at home after a 1-1 away draw.
• The Spanish champions’ record against teams from Italy is P43 W22 D13 L8.
• Messi has scored seven goals in his last five appearances against Serie A sides.
• Barcelona’s shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W5 L1:
5-4 v KKS Lech Poznań, 1988/89 European Cup Winners’ Cup second round
0-2 v FC Steaua Bucureşti, 1985/86 European Cup final
5-4 v IFK Göteborg, 1985/86 European Cup semi-final
4-1 v RSC Anderlecht, 1978/79 European Cup Winners’ Cup second round
3-1 v Ipswich Town FC, 1977/78 UEFA Cup third round
5-4 v AZ Alkmaar, 1977/78 UEFA Cup second round
Coach and player links
• As coach of Milan (2010–14), Allegri suffered UEFA Champions League elimination against Barcelona in two successive seasons, losing in the 2011/12 quarter-finals (1-3 agg) and the 2012/13 round of 16 (2-4 agg). His full record in eight games against the Blaugrana is W1 D3 L4.
• As a player Luis Enrique was twice eliminated in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals by Juventus, with Barcelona in 2002/03 and Real Madrid in 1995/96.
• As AS Roma coach in 2011/12, Luis Enrique faced Juventus three times. In Serie A he oversaw a 1-1 home draw – Giorgio Chiellini scoring for the Bianconeri – and a 4-0 away loss where Arturo Vidal (2), Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio scored. Roma also lost 3-0 in a Coppa Italia quarter-final in Turin.
• Luis Enrique also lost both meetings with Allegri’s Milan that season, going down 3-2 at home and 2-1 at San Siro.
• Vidal helped eliminate holders Spain from the 2014 FIFA World Cup when his Chile team – also including Claudio Bravo – earned a 2-0 win over a Spanish side containing Jordi Alba, Pedro, Busquets and Iniesta.
• Uruguay knocked out Italy at last year’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory in Natal; Luis Suárez, Cristian Rodríguez and Martín Cáceres (Uruguay); Buffon, Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Pirlo and the red-carded Claudio Marchisio (Italy) all featured.
• Xavi, Iniesta, Piqué and Busquets converted spot kicks past Buffon as Spain beat Italy 7-6 on penalties in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final. Pirlo scored for Italy, but Bonucci missed. Neymar also scored past Buffon in Brazil’s 4-2 group win over Italy earlier in the tournament.
• Alba scored past Buffon in Spain’s 4-0 victory over Italy in the UEFA EURO 2012 final. Piqué, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro were also in the Spain team – Fernando Llorente on the bench – while the Azzurri side included Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Pirlo and Marchisio.
• Stephan Lichtsteiner scored past Marc-André ter Stegen on the goalkeeper’s Germany debut in a 5-3 defeat by Switzerland in May 2012.
• Piqué played with Evra and Tévez at Manchester United in 2007/08, while Tévez was a club-mate of Javier Mascherano with SC Corinthians Paulista (2005–06) and West Ham United FC (2006/07).
• Cáceres played 13 Liga games for Barcelona in 2008/09. He made two UEFA Champions League appearances and was on the bench for that season’s final victory over Manchester United.
• Cáceres and Rakitić were team-mates at Sevilla between 2011 and 2012.
• Morata started one ‘Clásico’ against Barcelona – Madrid’s 2-1 home win in March 2013 – and also appeared as a substitute in Madrid’s 4-3 home loss the following season.
• Llorente won just once in 20 meetings with Barcelona as an Athletic player, scoring three times.
• Pirlo and Buffon won the 2006 World Cup at the Olympiastadion, the former scoring the opening penalty in Italy’s 5-3 shoot-out triumph over France. Andrea Barzagli was an unused substitute for Italy.
• Berlin is the fourth German city to have hosted the European Cup final after Munich (1980, 1993, 1997, 2012), Gelsenkircken (2004) and Stuttgart (1959, 1988). A Spanish club, Real Madrid, won the first final staged in Germany, beating Stade de Reims 2-0 in Stuttgart in 1958/59.
• Juventus clinched a fourth successive Italian title three days before their semi-final first leg against Real Madrid. Since the return match in Spain on 13 May, the Bianconeri have beaten Inter (2-1) and SSC Napoli (3-1) in Serie A and drawn with last-day opponents Hellas Verona FC (2-2).
• For the second consecutive season, Juventus ended the campaign 17 points clear of runners-up Roma. Allegri’s men had the most prolific attack (72 goals scored) and the meanest defence (24 conceded).
• Juventus are nine games unbeaten in all competitions.
• Chiellini’s first club goal since 2 February 2014 drew Juventus level against SS Lazio in the Coppa Italia final on 20 May. Alessandro Matri’s extra-time winner sealed a 2-1 victory as the Turin side ended a two-decade wait for domestic cup glory.
• The triumph was the Old Lady’s tenth in the competition, a record, and rubber-stamped the club’s third double.
• Stefano Sturaro scored his first goal for Juventus in the defeat of Napoli on 23 May. Simone Pepe, who has struggled with injuries for two and a half years, rounded things off from the spot – his first goal since 11 April 2012.
• Rested for the Coppa Italia decider, Buffon made the 900th competitive appearance of his career during the Napoli game, stopping a penalty from Lorenzo Insigne.
• Tévez, who had a late spot kick saved against Verona, finished as Juve’s 20-goal top scorer in Serie A, two behind leading marksmen Luca Toni and Mauro Icardi.
• On 25 May, Allegri received the Enzo Bearzot Award, the fifth edition of an accolade named in honour of Italy’s 1982 World Cup-winning coach.
• Cáceres (out since 5 March, ankle) is still sidelined. Barzagli suffered a thigh strain against Napoli and is a doubt for the final.
• Chiellini has been ruled out of the Berlin final having suffered a calf injury in training on 3 June.
• On 4 June, Juve signed 21-year-old forward Paulo Dybala from US Città di Palermo for a fee that could rise as high as €40m.
• Xavi became the first player to make 150 UEFA Champions League appearances when he featured as a substitute in the semi-final second leg against Bayern.
• Five days after that 3-2 loss in Germany, Barcelona wrapped up their 23rd Liga title by winning 1-0 at Atlético.
• The Azulgrana surrendered a two-goal lead when drawing 2-2 against visitors RC Deportivo La Coruña on the last day of the Liga season. Having recovered from a hamstring injury that had sidelined him since the 2014 World Cup, Thomas Vermaelen made his Barcelona debut, playing 61 minutes.
• Barça won a record-extending 27th Copa del Rey on 30 May, completing the club’s sixth domestic double, by beating Athletic 3-1 at the Camp Nou. Messi opened and rounded off the scoring, while Neymar was also on target.
• Messi, Neymar and Suárez have scored 120 goals between them in all competitions this term, surpassing the 118 Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín managed for Real Madrid in 2011/12.
• Messi has scored 58 goals this season – 43 in the Liga, ten in the UEFA Champions League and five in the Copa del Rey.
• Barcelona announced on 2 June that they had reached an agreement with Alba to extend the left-back’s contract until summer 2020. ©UEFA.com 1998-2015.
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