Champions League Final

  • Real Madrid rally to snatch Champions League title from Atletico Madrid 4-1 May 25, 2014

    Real Madrid broke down Atletico Madrid's resistance in extra time to win the Champions League final 4-1 on Saturday and finally deliver the club's record 10th European title. Real struck three times in the second period of extra time, through Gareth Bale's header in the 110th minute, Marcelo's shot in the...
  • As it happened: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, Champions League Final Live May 25, 2014

    Atletico Madrid have a chance in today's Champions League final not only to claim their debut European crown but to deny their loathed and vastly wealthier neighbours Real Madrid a record-extending 10th. Atletico have already outperformed this season in securing a remarkable La Liga triumph, shattering the domestic dominance of...
  • Atletico Madrid bid to outwit Real Madrid in Champions League final May 24, 2014

    Atletico Madrid have a chance in Saturday's Champions League final not only to claim their debut European crown but to deny their loathed and vastly wealthier neighbours Real Madrid a record-extending 10th. Atletico have already outperformed this season in securing a remarkable La Liga triumph, shattering the domestic dominance of Real...
  • Only 37,000 Champions League final tickets to go to fans March 10, 2014

    More than one-third of the 61,000 tickets for the Champions League final in Lisbon on May 24 will go to officials, sponsors and corporate hospitality. "A total of 37,000 tickets for the stadium capacity of 61,000 are available to fans and the general public," UEFA said in a statement on Monday. European...
  • Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to win Champions League May 26, 2013

    London: Arjen Robben scored in the 89th minute on Saturday to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over German rival Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, ending four years of frustration for his team in Europe's biggest tournament. Robben ran on to Franck Ribery's backheeled flick-on in the area and...
  • CL Final: Bayern favourites, but Dortmund capable of an upset May 25, 2013

    London: Bayern Munich are trying to downplay being the favourites, while Borussia Dortmund are eager to play up their chances to pull off the upset. Even before the start of Saturday's Champions League final, the German rivals are at odds in their approach to the biggest game in club soccer. Bayern...
  • Bayern target lethal tactics against Dortmund in final May 25, 2013

    London: Bayern Munich are unfazed by the need to be more clinical in attack against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and avoid another Champions League final defeat having lost the showpiece match twice in the past three years. Midfielder Thomas Mueller, who at 23 will be in his third final after losing...
  • All-German Champions League final was long overdue May 24, 2013

    Paris: The big surprise about the Champions League final on Saturday isn't the teams - Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, both superb. It's that it took so long for such an all-German contest to materialise. With the largest economy and population in Europe, modern stadiums heaving with fans, financial backing from...
  • Drogba ends Chelsea career with dramatic flourish May 23, 2012

    London: After maddening and thrilling football fans in equal measures for eight years, Didier Drogba's combustible Chelsea career is over. And it was fitting that one of football's most theatrical characters went out with one final, dramatic flourish. With the last kick in his last game, the 34-year-old Drogba won the...
  • Unhappy Torres raises doubts over Chelsea future May 21, 2012

    Madrid: Just one day after lifting the Champions League trophy, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres said he is not happy with his limited role on the team. Torres said he had the worst moments of his career with the club this season and needs clarity about his future role with the...
  • Chelsea to hold contract talks with Drogba May 21, 2012

    London: Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said that the club will hold talks with forward Didier Drogba about a new contract next week, while also saying that they hope to appoint a permanent manager "sooner rather than later." Drogba, who scored the decisive penalty to defeat Bayern Munich in the shoot-out of...
  • Champions Chelsea parade first Champions League May 21, 2012

    London: In front of tens of thousands of Chelsea fans, the new kings of Europe paraded the Champions League trophy through London's New King's Road on Sunday. The Blues are the capital's first European champions after beating Bayern Munich 4-3 in Saturday's shoot-out in the competition's 57th season. Even Chelsea's notoriously-reclusive owner,...
  • Di Matteo silent on Chelsea future after Munich May 21, 2012

    Munich: After leading Chelsea to the biggest trophy in club football, Roberto di Matteo's future as manager of the London club is still in doubt. Di Matteo had a conversation with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich after the team's penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday,...
  • Terry, Lampard hail best moment of Chelsea career May 21, 2012

    Munich: Chelsea's suspended captain John Terry missed the club's penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday but still described the win as the best moment of his career. The central defender was ruled out of the match at the Allianz Arena after being sent...
  • 'Bayern downfall could affect Germany in Euros' May 21, 2012

    Munich: Bayern Munich's dramatic downfall in the Champions League final is unlikely to have a long-term influence on Germany's biggest club, although it could have a negative impact on Germany's hopes of winning the upcoming European Championship. Bayern's young squad was good enough to eliminate Real Madrid in the semi-finals and...
  • Chelsea, the luckiest team in football May 21, 2012

    Munich: Lots of money, lots of luck, and players who didn't care about winning ugly – just so long as they won – turned Chelsea into the champions of Europe. The money, of course, is Roman Abramovich's. The billionaire finally got his hands on the shiny trophy with big ears...
  • Robben rues 'terrible' missed penalty in final May 21, 2012

    Munich: Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has spoken of his regret as he missed a vital penalty in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. The match had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes but the Germans were handed a massive opportunity to regain control of the match in...
  • Make Di Matteo full-time coach: Chelsea players May 21, 2012

    Munich: Chelsea players made it clear they wanted Roberto Di Matteo to be given the coach's job full-time after the Italian's whirlwind three months in charge ended with the Champions League trophy - the prize owner Roman Abramovich had craved the most. A 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich on...
  • Bayern players refused to take penalties: Coach May 21, 2012

    Munich: Some Bayern Munich players, including Arjen Robben, refused to take penalties in their shoot-out defeat by Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday, forcing coach Jupp Heynckes to nominate 'keeper Manuel Neuer, Heynckes told reporters. "Some of my players did not feel sure enough or confident enough to take...
  • Drogba drama key to Chelsea's European glory May 20, 2012

    Munich: When Didier Drogba completed Chelsea's quest for a Champions League title on Saturday, he did it in his unique way as a true diva of world football. Drogba scored the decisive penalty to defeat Bayern Munich in the shoot-out, after earning Chelsea an unlikely reprieve with an 88th-minute headed goal...
  • Chelsea become champions of Europe May 25, 2012

    Munich: Chelsea won the 2011-12 Champions League with a gripping 4-3 win over Bayern Munich on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Bayern set up camp in the Chelsea half for the majority of the match, but were extremely wasteful in front of goal, passing...
  • 'No penalties please in Champions League final' May 19, 2012

    Munich: Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has issued a plea ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea: No more penalties please.Bayern won a penalty shootout to eliminate Real Madrid in the semifinals and did the same in the German Cup semis against Borussia Moenchengladbach. Heynckes joked on Friday that a...
  • Bayern, Chelsea eye glory, redemption in Munich May 19, 2012

    It isn’t the final anyone predicted, even when there was only one hurdle remaining. Yet, having defeated Spain’s, perhaps even the world’s, two best sides, Bayern Munich and Chelsea find themselves on the brink of glory, in the Champions League final in Munich on Saturday. It will also be a...
  • Bayern ready for 'match of a lifetime': Robben May 18, 2012

    Munich: For Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben, Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea in the Bavarian capital is the game of a lifetime and a chance to make amends for 2010. Bayern want to set the record straight with a fifth top European prize after making their second Champions League final in...
  • Drogba keen to end Moscow heartache in Munich May 18, 2012

    London: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba believes Chelsea deserve their place in the Champions League final this weekend, and hopes they can put the heartache of Moscow in 2008 well and truly behind them by beating Bayern Munich. The 34-year-old is likely to start at the Allianz Arena in what could be...
  • Five reasons why Man Utd can beat Barca May 7, 2011

    New Delhi: The grudge match between Manchester United and Barcelona on May 28 at the new Wembley promises to be a footballing spectacle. Ever since United breezed past Schalke, the war of words has already begun. Barcelona, in their own sly way have downplayed the 'favourites' tag and star medio Xavi...
  • Chelsea fires Israeli coach Avram Grant May 25, 2008

    London: Almost everyone assumed Chelsea had appointed Avram Grant as manager on a short-term basis, and they were proved right on Saturday. Chelsea fired the unheralded Israeli coach three days after the club lost to Manchester United in the Champions League final. Despite signing a four-year contract when he succeeded the popular...