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2010 UEFA Champions League Final
2010 UEFA Champions League Final logo.jpg
Event 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
Date 22 May 2010
Venue Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
2009
2011

The 2010 UEFA Champions League Final is a football match, the final match of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, scheduled to be played on Saturday, 22 May 2010. It will be the 18th final of the UEFA Champions League under the current format and the 55th in total. The game will be played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid.[1]

In November 2007, it was decided that the 2010 final would be the first Champions League final to be played on a Saturday, rather than the traditional Wednesday.[2]

The winners will play against the winners of the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup, and also enter the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup.

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Background

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium has hosted three European Cup finals: in 1957, 1969 and 1980. Real Madrid themselves won the 1957 final – their second of five consecutive wins – beating Fiorentina 2–0 in front of 120,000 spectators, the second highest attendance in a European Cup final. Milan won the next final at the stadium, beating Ajax 4–1 in 1969, and Nottingham Forest won 1–0 against Hamburg in the most recent final in Madrid in 1980.[3]

The stadium was opened in 1947 following the election of Santiago Bernabéu as the president of Real Madrid. Upon construction, the stadium had a maximum capacity in excess of 75,000, but this was increased to 125,000 with the addition of a fourth stand in 1954. The stadium was chosen as one of two venues for matches at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, hosting both of the Spain team's matches, including their 2–1 win over the Soviet Union. In preparation for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, FIFA requirements forced renovations to the stadium, adding a canopy to three of the four stands and reducing the capacity to 90,800. The stadium hosted all three Group B matches and the final of the 1982 World Cup. Conversion to an all-seater stadium in 1998 further reduced capacity to just over 75,000, but the most recent expansion in 2006 increased capacity to just over 80,000. However, only around 75,000 seats will be available for the 2010 final.[4]

Pre-match

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Venue

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid was selected as the venue for the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, on 28 March 2008. The committee – who selected the venues for the 2011 final and the 2010 and 2011 UEFA Europa League Finals at the same meeting – based their decision on a number of key criteria, including stadium capacity, facilities and security.[5] It had previously been decided that the final would be played on a Saturday for the first time in Champions League history at the UEFA Executive Committee's meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 30 November 2007.[6]

The unique visual identity of the 2010 final was revealed at a special ceremony at Madrid's Ciudad del Fútbol Español on 20 November 2009. In attendance at the ceremony were final ambassador Emilio Butragueño, Royal Spanish Football Federation president Ángel María Villar Llona and UEFA's competitions director Giorgio Marchetti. UEFA has given the Champions League final a unique visual identity every year since 1999, in order to give "a distinctive flavour of the host city".[7] The logo features the UEFA Champions League trophy at its core, surrounded by elements of the Champions League "starball" logo, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Puerta de Alcalá. The logo was designed to capture "the cultural and 'fiesta' aspects which Madrid is famed for".[8]

Ticketing

Although the usual capacity of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is over 80,000, the net capacity for the 2010 Champions League final will be around 75,000. The two finalists will each be allocated 21,000 tickets, with a further 11,000 tickets being made available to the general public. Applications for those tickets were opened on 8 March 2010 and will run until 19 March. Recipients will then be determined by a random lottery. These figures include a certain number of tickets set aside specifically for children; 2,000 tickets from each club's allocation will go to children and their accompanying adults, as will 1,000 tickets from the general public's allocation. Finally, 500 tickets have been reserved for children taking part in the activities at the UEFA Champions Festival in the week leading up to the final.[9]

A ticketing launch event was held in Madrid on 5 March 2010, at which the ticketing concept for the final was announced. The event was also used to promote the start of ticket sales for the match, and was attended by the ambassador for the final, Emilio Butragueño, the president of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, and representatives from UEFA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation and the host club, Real Madrid.[10] At the event, Aguirre was presented with the first ticket for the final by Real Madrid players Cristiano Ronaldo and Raúl.[11]

Match ball

The official match ball for the 2010 Champions League Final, the Adidas Finale Madrid was unveiled on 9 March 2010. It is the tenth ball to use the "Starball" design that has become synonymous with the UEFA Champions League. Each of the stars on the ball features an element of the logos of each of the last 10 Champions League finals, drawn in gold. In reference to the colours of the Spanish flag, each star has a red border, while the base colour of the ball refers to the white of Real Madrid's kit. The ball retains the "goosebump" texture of the previous two versions, but the panel configuration has been changed for the Finale Madrid, with each star in the design being on a single panel.[12][13]

References

  1. ^ "Madrid and Hamburg awarded 2010 finals". uefa.com (UEFA). 28 March 2008. http://www.uefa.com/uefa/keytopics/kind=64/newsid=676743.html. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Champions League final switched". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 30 November 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7120518.stm. Retrieved 24 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Previous finals in the city". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 January 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/final/previousfinalsincity/index.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Santiago Bernabéu". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 January 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/final/stadium/index.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Madrid and Hamburg awarded 2010 finals". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 28 March 2008. http://www.uefa.com/uefa/aboutuefa/organisation/executivecommittee/news/newsid=676743.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Chaplin, Mark (1 December 2007). "Champions League changes agreed". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). http://www.uefa.com/uefa/aboutuefa/organisation/executivecommittee/news/newsid=630602.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Logo launch to herald Madrid final". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 13 November 2009. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=919829.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Bryan, Paul (24 November 2009). "Madrid proud to be in final spotlight". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=922221.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Champions League final tickets on sale". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 8 March 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1458258.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Final countdown continues with ticketing launch". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 25 February 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1454584.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ticket launch raises expectation". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 5 March 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1458364.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Finale Madrid starball takes flight". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 9 March 2010. http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1459626.html. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "adidas Finale X Madrid Football". SoccerBible.com (SoccerBible). 9 March 2010. http://www.soccerbible.com/news/general/archive/2010/03/09/adidas-Finale-X-Madrid-Football.aspx. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 

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