Rome Set for Champions League Final - Barca Vs. Man Utd
Event: UEFA Champions League 2008-09 Final - Barcelona Vs. Manchester United
Date - 27th May 2009
Venue - Rome, Italy
The Eternal City of Rome braces itself for the Grand Finale of the UEFA Champions League where United take on Barcelona on Wednesday with the aim of becoming the first team to defend the Champions League title.
Many have debated the choice of the venue to host the final of Europe's premier football event. Rome has had a bad history of the stabbing incidents in the past especially during the Champions League Games in the recent past. There have been issues about the tickets, about the security, about alcohol banning but come this match, everything else should take a back seat and the football should take over. Hopefully that is what will happen.
However, it is a beautiful city and a great stadium to host a fitting finale to what has been a great tournament with probably the two best teams in Europe battling it out for the coveted crown of Champions. It will be a clash that has been deemed to be "The One That Decides The Best Team on The Planet".
Manchester United have won the competition 3 times so far and their opponents Barcelona have bagged the honors 2 times. However a piece of history that Manchester United themselves and the fans will be proud of is that on all the 3 occasions that their team has made it to the final, they have won it.
Both teams have had their star names rested over the weekend with both the teams winning their respective leagues before the final day of the season. Both have won the league as well as the league cups and are looking forward to a historic treble. It will the second time around for Manchester United but a first time in the history of Barcelona.
Of course there have been talks of it being a battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. However, I believe it will not be a gladiatorial affair as it is being touted. Both teams have great sets of talents and it will be the question of who performs better on the day and who holds their nerves better.
We are hours away from the kick off. An estimated audience of a staggering 150 Million people around the world will witness the spectacle. The popularity can also be gauged by the fact that fans were offered more than double of the ticket prices to persuade them to sell but none did. Who would? No one in my honest opinion. A moment of a lifetime cannot match a few thousand bucks.
A party atmosphere is gripping the Eternal City and we expect a great final. Roll on the time, let the game.. Begin!
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