Real Madrid are looking for a third consecutive victory in the UEFA Champions League final when they face Liverpool in Kyiv.
Two of the biggest names in European football are at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, while Real Madrid are aiming for a 13th C1, the third consecutive, against a Liverpool team that is on the last step of the competition for the first time since 11 years, looking for a sixth triumph.
• A victory in the Ukrainian capital would allow Real to become the fourth team to win the trophy three times in a row and the first to achieve this feat twice after its successes between 1956 and 1960. Ajax (1971-73) and Bayern (1974-76) are the other clubs author of the triplet.
• Zinedine Zidane can also become the first coach to hold the trophy three times in three years.
• For Cristiano Ronaldo, the top scorer in the history of the event, it could be the fifth victory. It would be a first in the Champions League era.
• Liverpool beat Real 1-0 in the 1981 final. Goal by Alan Kennedy. This is also the last defeat of Real in the final, it is also the only time a Spanish club lost a final against an English club.
Liverpool: Clemence, Neal, Thompson, Hansen, Kennedy, Kennedy, Lee, McDermott, Souness, Johnson, Dalglish (Case 85).
Real Madrid: Agustín, García Cortés (Pineda 85), Camacho, Stielike, Sabido, Del Bosque, Juanito, Los Santos, Santillana, García Navajas, Cunningham.
• The two teams met for the last time in the 2014/15 group stage, with Madrid winning both matches. Benzema scored two goals and Ronaldo one in the 3-0 away win.
• Composed at Anfield on October 22, 2014:
Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Škrtel, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson (Can 67th), Allen, Sterling, Coutinho (Marković 68th), Balotelli (Lallana 46th).
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo (Nacho 85th), Modrić, Kroos (Illarramendi 81st), Isco, James Rodriguez, Benzema, Ronaldo (Khedira 75th).
• In Santiago Bernabéu, on November 4, 2014:
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa (Nacho 83), Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modrić, Kroos, Isco, James Rodriguez (Bale 62), Benzema (Hernandez 87), Ronaldo.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Škrtel, Toure, Moreno, Lucas (Gerrard 69), Can (Coutinho 75), Allen, Lallana, Marković (Sterling 69), Borini.
• Liverpool beat Madrid 5-0 in both games in the 2008/09 round of 16. Yossi Benayoun scored the only goal on the way to Spain:
Real Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Pepe, Cannavaro, Heinze, Robben, Gago, Diarra, Marcelo (Guti 46th), Higuain, Raul.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Šekrtel, Carragher, Fábio Aurélio, Benayoun, Alonso, Mascherano, Riera (Gerrard 88th), Torres (Babel 62nd), Kuyt (Lucas 90th).
• Steven Gerrard (28th, AP, 47th) and Fernando Torres (16th) and Andrea Dossena (88th) scored on the return.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Škrtel, Carragher, Fábio Aurélio, Mascherano, Alonso (Lucas 60th), Gerrard (Spearing 73rd), Babel, Kuyt, Torres (Dossena 84th).
Real Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Pepe, Cannavaro (Van der Vaart 64th), Heinze, L Diarra, Gago (Guti 77th), Sneijder, Robben (Marcelo 46th), Raúl, Higuaín.
1955/56: Real Madrid 4-3 Stade de Reims Champagne
1956/57: Real Madrid 2-0 ACF Fiorentina
1957/58: Real Madrid 3-2 AC Milan (a.p.)
1958/59: Real Madrid 2-0 Stade de Reims Champagne
1959/60: Real Madrid 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
1961/62: SL Benfica 5-3 Real Madrid
1963/64: FC Internazionale Milano 3-1 Real Madrid
1965/66: Real Madrid 2-1 FK Partizan
1980/81: Liverpool FC 1-0 Real Madrid
1997/98: Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus
1999/00: Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia CF
2001/02: Real Madrid 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
2013/14: Real Madrid 4-1 Club Atletico Madrid (a.p.)
2015/16: Real Madrid 1-1 Club Atlético Madrid (Real Madrid 5-3 t.a.b.)
2016/17: Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus
• Last season, Madrid became the first team to hold the trophy in the Champions League era, the first since Milan (1989, 1990).
• Madrid are the first team to play three consecutive finals since Juventus (1996-1998).
1976/77: Liverpool 3-1 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
1977/78: Liverpool 1-0 Club Brugge KV
1980/81: Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid CF
1983/84: Liverpool AS Roma 1-1 (a.p., 4-2 a.b.)
1984/85: Juventus 1-0 Liverpool
2004/05: Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan (a.p.3-2 t.a.b.)
2006/07: AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool
• This is the 31st European or World Final in Madrid and the 20th in Liverpool.
• None of Liverpool’s players played in the UEFA Champions League final.
• The last European final of the Reds was lost in Basel against Sevilla FC in the UEFA Europa League. Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, James Milner, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino were titular.
Around the match
REAL MADRID (ESP)
UEFA classification: 1
C1 Finals: 12 wins, 3 losses
Final Final: 2017, won 4-1 c. Juventus
Beginnings in group stage
12 matches, 8 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses
30 goals scored, 15 conceded
Top scorer: Ronaldo (15)
Eleven type: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Isco, Casemiro, Modrić, Kroos; Benzema, Ronaldo
Ronaldo, his bicycle
Ronaldo, his bicycle
Qualified as: holding
Group H, 2nd
8th: 5-2 (tot.) C. Paris
Quarterly: 4-3 (tot.) C. Juventus
Half: 4-3 (tot.) C. Bayern
• Madrid started their season against English club Manchester United FC (2-1) in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on 8 August. He drew 1-1 at home against Tottenham on Matchday 3, but remained on 12 games without defeat (8 wins, 4 draws) against the English before falling 3-1 on November 1 against Spurs on the way back.
• This season Ronaldo became the first scorer in the six group matches.
• The Real on penalties:
5-3 c. Club Atlético de Madrid, 2015/16, UEFA Champions League final
1-3 c. FC Bayern München, 2011/12, UEFA Champions League semi-finals
3-1 c. Juventus, 1986/87 Champions Cup, 2nd round
5-6 c. FK Crvena zvezda, 1974/75, Cup of Cups, Quarterfinals
UEFA classification: 24
C1 Finals: 5 wins, 2 losses
Final Final: 2007, lost 2-1 c. kite
12 matches, 7 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss
40 goals for, 13 against
Top scorers: Firmino, Salah (10)
Eleven type: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Qualified as: 4th in the Premier League
Dams: 6-3 (tot.) C. Hoffenheim
Group E, 1st
8th: 5-0 (tot.) C. Port
Quarterly: 5-1 (tot.) C. Man. City
Half 7-6 (tot.) C. Roma
• The Reds have met Spaniards this season, drawing Sevilla FC at home (2-2) and away (3-3).
• Liverpool against Spaniards: 14 wins, 12 draws, 11 losses, 46 goals scored, 38 conceded.
• Liverpool remained undefeated this season until their 4-2 defeat at AS Roma in the semi-finals.
• Liverpool on penalties:
4-5 c. Beşiktaş JK, 2014/15, UEFA Europa League, 16th
4-1 c. Chelsea FC, 2006/07, UEFA Champions League semi-finals
3-2 c. AC Milan, 2004/05, UEFA Champions League, final
4-2 c. AS Roma, 1983/84, Champions Cup, final
We know each other ?
• Jürgen Klopp was on the bench for four matches of Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid in 2012/13. After a 2-1 win in Germany and a 2-2 draw in Spain in the groups, both teams ended up in the semi-finals. Despite a 2-0 away win, Madrid lost 4-1 at home, Robert Lewandowski scoring all the goals of the German club. Ronaldo on the first leg and Benzema and Ramos on the return scored for Madrid.
• Twelve months later, Real eliminated Klopp’s Borussia in the quarter-finals with goals from Bale, Isco and Ronaldo (3-0 in the first leg) at home and a 2-0 defeat in Germany.
• Sergio Ramos has already won a trophy at Olimpiyskiy Stadium, winning UEFA EURO 2012 against Italy.
• Karim Benzema played on the pitch when France defeated Sweden 2-0 in groups and also in the first leg of the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™, losing 2-0 to qualify for the France on the return.
• Mohamed Salah played at NSC Olimpiyskiy for ACF Fiorentina for a 1-1 draw in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League quarter-final.
• Cristiano Ronaldo has scored twice in nine games against Liverpool for Manchester United (5 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw).
• Luka Modrić played Liverpool eight times with Tottenham Hotspur FC (5-1, 2). He scored at Anfield in May 2011.
• Gareth Bale against Liverpool with Tottenham: 4 v. 2 n. 3 d. and 1 goal, in 2012.
• Moreno faced Real three times with Sevilla (1 v. 2 d.).
• Teammates in the national team:
Marcelo, Casemiro and Roberto Firmino (Brazil)
Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovaćić and Dejan Lovren (Croatia)
Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Marco Asensio, Isco, Lucas Vázquez and Alberto Moreno (Spain)
Toni Kroos and Emre Can (Germany)
Gareth Bale and Ben Woodburn (Wales)