Champions Gallery Opens In Milan Ahead Of Finals

Champions Gallery Opens In Milan Ahead Of Finals

The UEFA Champions Gallery is open in Milan.

The Champions Gallery is conceived to celebrate more than six decades of European club football, with four legends from the city’s clubs present for its launch.

AC Milan and Internazionale legends came together for the opening of the UEFA Champions Gallery.

The Champions Gallery will be a major attraction at the UEFA Champions Festival in Milan until Sunday 29 May.

Massimo Ambrosini, Ivan Córdoba, Cafu and Dejan Stanković shared their memories with a crowd of stakeholders from the city of Milan and the media.

It was hosted by journalist Gabriele Marcotti and with an opening message from UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti.

The exhibition celebrates more than six decades of Europe’s top club competitions, with UEFA Women’s Champions League final ambassador Patrizia Panico also in attendance.


For the second time in three years the UEFA Champions League final will have a strong Madrid flavour as Real Madrid and Atlético meet at the Stadio San Siro in Milan.

Semi-final second leg: A 20th-minute own goal proved the only successful effort of the tie as Real Madrid squeezed past Manchester City

Semi-final first leg: Manchester City could not break down a Real Madrid side shorn of Cristiano Ronaldo as their opener ended goalless

Quarter-final second leg: Cristiano Ronaldo struck a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Wolfsburg 3-0 to overturn their first-leg deficit and reach the last four

Quarter-final first leg: Wolfsburg scored twice in the opening 25 minutes to earn a stunning 2-0 home success against Real Madrid

Round of 16 second leg: James Rodríguez rounded off a 2-0 triumph for Real Madrid against Roma and a comfortable 4-0 aggregate progression

Round of 16 first leg: Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesé gave Real Madrid a 2-0 win away to Roma

Matchday six: Cristiano Ronaldo scored four and Karim Benzema three as Real Madrid equaled the biggest UEFA Champions League victory by crushing Malmö 8-0

Matchday five: Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice before Real Madrid held off a Shakhtar fightback to win 4-3

Matchday four: Nacho grabbed the only goal as Real Madrid edged Paris to make the last 16

Matchday three: Kevin Trapp denies Jesé from a rare opening as Real Madrid drew 0-0 in Paris

Matchday two: Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals as Real Madrid were made to sweat for a 2-0 success in Malmö

Matchday one: Cristiano Ronaldo struck a hat-trick as Real Madrid sauntered past visiting Shakhtar 4-0

Semi-final second leg: Antoine Griezmann grabbed the crucial away goal as Atlético were beaten 2-1 at Bayern but progressed as the aggregate score finished 2-2

Semi-final first leg: Saúl Ñíguez scored a sensational winner as Atlético eeked out a 1-0 lead over Bayern to take to Germany

Quarter-final second leg: Antoine Griezmann’s double earned Atlético a famous 2-0 victory over Barcelona and a 3-2 aggregate progression

Quarter-final first leg: Fernando Torres opened the scoring but was then sent off as Atlético succumbed 2-1 at Barcelona

Round of 16 second leg: Atlético players celebrate as they win 8-7 on penalties against PSV after the first goalless knockout tie in UEFA Champions League history

Round of 16 first leg: Chances were hard to come by in Eindhoven as PSV and Atlético played out a goalless draw

Matchday six: Atlético enacted revenge on Benfica, winning 2-1 in Lisbon to go through as section winners

Matchday five: Antoine Griezmann claimed another two goals as Atlético beat Galatasaray 2-0 to reach the last 16

Matchday four: Astana earned a goalless draw at home to a frustrated Atlético

Matchday three: Atlético returned to form with a routine 4-0 home triumph versus Astana

Matchday two: Ángel Correa struck first but Atlético were eventually stunned 2-1 at home by Benfica

Matchday one: Antoine Griezmann’s first-half double gave Atlético the perfect start with victory at Galatasaray

For the second time in three years, the UEFA Champions League final will be a distinctly local affair as Real Madrid CF take on city rivals Club Atlético de Madrid in Milan.

• Two years ago the teams met in Lisbon – the first final fixture involving clubs from the same city in European Cup history.

Atlético led 1-0 deep into added time, only for Madrid to equalise and go on to win 4-1 after extra time, thereby lifting their tenth European Cup – ‘La Décima’.

• This is the sixth one-country UEFA Champions League final, with Madrid having won two of the previous five – against Valencia CF in 2000 (3-0) and Atlético in 2014.

• This is Madrid’s 14th European Cup final.

The full list is:
– 1955/56: Real Madrid CF 4-3 Stade de Reims (Parc des Princes, Paris)
– 1956/57: Real Madrid CF 2-0 AC Fiorentina (Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid)
– 1957/58: Real Madrid CF 3-2 AC Milan (Heysel Stadium, Brussels)
– 1958/59: Real Madrid CF 2-0 Stade de Reims (Neckarstadion, Stuttgart)
– 1959/60: Real Madrid CF 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt (Hampden Park, Glasgow)
– 1961/62: SL Benfica 5-3 Real Madrid CF (Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam)
– 1963/64: FC Internazionale Milano 3-1 Real Madrid CF (Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna)
– 1965/66: Real Madrid CF 2-1 FK Partizan (Heysel Stadium, Brussels)
– 1980/81: Liverpool FC 1-0 Real Madrid CF (Parc des Princes, Paris)
– 1997/98: Real Madrid CF 1-0 Juventus (Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam)
– 1999/00: Real Madrid CF 3-0 Valencia CF (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)
– 2001/02: Real Madrid CF 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Hampden Park, Glasgow)
– 2013/14: Real Madrid CF 4-1 Club Atlético de Madrid (aet) (Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon)

Should they triumph in Milan, Atlético would become the 23rd club to lift the European Cup and the first new name since Chelsea FC’s 2012 triumph in Munich.

This is Madrid’s 27th UEFA final.

In addition to their 13 European Cup appearances, they were UEFA Cup winners in 1985 and 1986 and European Cup Winners’ Cup runners-up in 1971 and 1983.

They lifted the UEFA Super Cup in 2002 and 2014 having lost in 1998 and 2000, and won the European/South American Cup in 1960, 1998 and 2002, losing in 1966 and 2000.

Atlético won the UEFA Europa League in 2010 and 2012 and lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1962, losing in the final of the same competition in 1963 and 1986.

They claimed the UEFA Super Cup in 2010 and 2012.

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