UEFA Champions League final by the numbers
The European football season comes to a glorious close in at 9pm in Madrid on 1 June as Tottenham Hotspur take on Liverpool in all-England final. Here’s everything you need to know about the final.
1 – The number of Champions League finals Spurs have reached
Before this season Tottenham had never been beyond the Champions League semi-finals. The North London club have, however, lifted silverware in Europe before, winning the 1963 Cup Winners Cup (a now-defunct competition) and two UEFA Cups (now branded as the Europa League) in 1972 and 1984.
2 – The number of group stage games won by Spurs
The London club faced a tricky start to the tournament, failing to win any of their first three group matches. But home wins against Inter and PSV coupled with a memorable draw against Barcelona was enough to see them through.
3 – The number of finals Klopp has reached
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has led his teams into the final on three occasions. The German will be hoping Saturday is third time lucky as he was on the losing side in the 2013 final with Borussia Dortmund and in 2018 with the Reds.
4 – The number of assists for TAA
Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has bagged four assists in this campaign including providing the pass for the winning goal in Liverpool’s dramatic victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals. One more assist would put him level at the top of the assists charts currently led by Leroy Sane, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Dušan Tadić.
5 – The number of finals hosted by Madrid
The 2019 final is the first to be held at Atletico Madrid’s Estadio Metropolitano ground — a 70,000 capacity stadium first built in 1994 that was renovated at a cost of €240 million and re-inaugurated in September 2017. The Spanish capital has hosted four previous finals, all at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium, most recently in 2010.
6 – The number of titles Liverpool are aiming for
The men from Merseyside have featured in eight finals and have won Europe’s premier competition five times, an achievement shared with Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Victory over Spurs will move the Reds clear of both these sides and to within one of AC Milan. But they would still be a long way off Real Madrid, Europe’s most successful club with 13 titles.
326 – Days since the 2019 tournament started
By the time the final kicks off, the tournament will have been going for almost a year as the preliminary qualifying round started on July 10, 2018. These qualifiers featured some of the continent’s lesser lights, such as Northern Ireland’s Crusaders FC, whose home ground has a capacity of just over 3,000.
4,000,000 – The prize money, in euros, for the winning club
The winning club will bag a cool 4 million euros for lifting the cup, which would take combined earnings for the tournament to well over 70 million euros for the 2019 champions.