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UEFA Champions League Final: 15 Facts That You Want to Know

With FC Barcelona set to play Juventus FC for the UEFA final on June 6, The Quint brings you 15 lesser known facts. 

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The official match ball for the UEFA Champions League final with Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg gate in front of the Olympic stadium. (Photo: Reuters)

Facts and figures relating to the Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus at the Olympic Stadium on June 6. Here are 15 lesser known facts that you should know.

1. This will be the 60th final of the competition since it started as the European Champions Cup in the 1955-56 season and the first final in the competition’s history to be staged in Berlin.

2. The final was never held in the former East Germany but it has been staged in West Germany or the unified Germany seven times: in Stuttgart (1959 and 1988), Munich (1979, 1993, 1997 and 2012), and Gelsenkirchen (2004).

Barcelona’s Leo Messi (L) of Argentina with Juventus’ Fabio Cannavaro during a friendly soccer match for the Joan Gamper Trophy in Barcelona, Spain August 24, 2005. (Photo: Reuters)
Barcelona’s Leo Messi (L) of Argentina with Juventus’ Fabio Cannavaro during a friendly soccer match for the Joan Gamper Trophy in Barcelona, Spain August 24, 2005. (Photo: Reuters)

3.  Borussia Dortmund are the only German team to lift the European Cup on German soil, winning the 1997 final in Munich when they beat Juventus 3-1.

4. That was one of Juventus’s five defeats in the final along with their losses in 1973, 1983, 1998 and 2003. They have lifted the cup twice -- beating Liverpool on the night of the Heysel Stadium disaster in Brussels in 1985 and Ajax Amsterdam on penalties in Rome in 1996.

5. Italian clubs have won the European Cup a total of 12 times with AC Milan’s seven wins, Inter Milan’s three and Juve’s two.

Barcelona’s players attend a training session during the media Barcelona Open Day in Spain June 2, 2015, ahead of the Champions League final against Juventus on June 6. 
Barcelona’s players attend a training session during the media Barcelona Open Day in Spain June 2, 2015, ahead of the Champions League final against Juventus on June 6. 

6. Spanish clubs have lifted the trophy 14 times with Real Madrid winning it last year for a record 10th time and Barcelona winning it four times.

7. Barcelona’s first win was over the Italians from Sampdoria in 1992 and their three other wins in the last decade have been against English clubs, beating Arsenal in 2006 and Manchester United in both 2009 and 2011.

8. Both Juventus and Barcelona will complete the treble if they win on Saturday having both won the League and Cup doubles domestically.

FC Barcelona’s Dutch player Patrick Kluivert with Juventus defender Paolo Montero during their Champions League quarter-final second round match  in Barcelona,April 22, 2003. (Photo: Reuters)
FC Barcelona’s Dutch player Patrick Kluivert with Juventus defender Paolo Montero during their Champions League quarter-final second round match in Barcelona,April 22, 2003. (Photo: Reuters)

9. They would join Celtic (1967), Ajax Amsterdam (1972), PSV Eindhoven (1988), Manchester United (1999), Inter Milan (2010) and Bayern Munich (2013) as treble winners.

10. Barcelona would become the first club to achieve the treble twice having first done it in 2009.

11. Both managers, Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Luis Enrique of Barcelona are looking to win the trophy in their first seasons in their current jobs.

12. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who shares the all-time record with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo of 77 Champions League goals would become the first player to score in three Champions League finals if he finds the net on Saturday. He also scored in the 2009 and 2011 finals.

Barcelona’s Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho (L) with Juventus’ Giannichedda during their friendly soccer match for the Joan Gamper Trophy in Barcelona August 24, 2005. (Photo: Reuters)
Barcelona’s Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho (L) with Juventus’ Giannichedda during their friendly soccer match for the Joan Gamper Trophy in Barcelona August 24, 2005. (Photo: Reuters)

13. Andrea Pirlo could complete a rare double of playing for and against the same team in the final -- and winning two winners medals. He was in the AC Milan team that beat Juventus on penalties at Old Trafford in 2003 and should be in Juve’s starting line-up on Saturday. He also won the title with AC Milan in 2007.

14. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the last survivor of that 2003 Juventus team still playing at the club. Eight Barca players who won the Cup in 2011 are still playing at the Nou Camp.

15. The two clubs have met in four previous two-legged ties since the 1970-71 season when Juventus won an Inter Cities Fairs Cup tie 4-2 on aggregate.

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