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Saturday, May 19, 2012

2012 UEFA Champions League Final Preview: FC Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea FC

Image courtesy of UEFA.
Image credit: UEFA.
The 2012 UEFA Champions League final takes place in Munich at the Allianz Arena or Fußball Arena München. For the first time in Champions League history, one of the final participants is the host team. The last home team to play in a European Cup final was AS Roma in 1984. The Romans lost a memorable penalty kick shoot-out to Liverpool Football Club.

Final Tickets

Although seats are selling quickly, you can still buy your Champions League final tickets at ticketBis starting at £853.91 as of 10 May. The kickoff is at 2045 local time on Saturday, 19 May 2012.

Bayern Munich: Four-time Winners

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 28:  Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen kicks the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfB Stuttgart at Allianz Arena on April 28, 2012 in Munich, Germany.

Arjen Robben of FC Bayern Munich.Getty Images logoGETTY IMAGES
The Bavarians will play in their ninth European Cup/Champions League final and have won the competition four times. Their most recent final appearance came in 2010 where the Germans lost to Internazionale Milano, 2-0.

Chelsea FC: Searching for their First Champions League Title

Chelsea's Ivorian players Didier Drogba (L) and Salomon Kalou (R) celebrate on the pitch after Chelsea's 2-1 win in the FA Cup final football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, England on May 5, 2012.

Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou of Chelsea FC with the 2012 FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.Getty Images logoGETTY IMAGES The London club has never won the Champions League. Their lone final appearance was in 2008 during the all-English final in Moscow versus Manchester United. The game ended, 1-1, after extra time. Manchester United won the ensuing penalty kick shoot-out. Notable Exclusions According to UEFA.com, both teams will be without the services of several players.
FC Bayern Munich

  • David Alaba
  • Holger Badstuber
  • Luiz Gustavo
Chelsea FC
  • Branislav Ivanovic

  • Raul Meireles

  • Ramires

  • John Terry
Despite the absences, the final promises to be a great spectacle at the Allianz Arena. Bayern Munich will be tough to beat at home; however, Chelsea has already exceeded all expectations to reach the final.

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