Why attend 2019 Champions League and final in Madrid?
The Champions League is like no other sporting event in the world. It brings together teams from leagues all over Europe. Fans can see the top teams from one country compete against the top players from another. It is truly unique, and other regions of the world have attempted to replicate it.
The Champions League starts off in September with the group stage. Thirty-two teams are divided into groups of four. The teams play home and away matches against the other teams in their group. The conclusion of the group stage sees the top two clubs in each group progress to the round of 16, and this is where the real fun begins. The teams in the round of 16 play a two-legged series beginning in February, with the winner continuing on until they lose.
The stakes are high, and the passion supporters have during the tournament is incomparable to other sports. Only the best teams, players and managers prevail, and the intensity is unbelievable. In 2018, Real Madrid made their third Champions League victory and are the first team in history to win more than one Champions League in a row. Will they make it to four in a row in 2019? Football fans will be waiting to see. For a football fan, there are very few sporting events that can compare to the Champions League Final. The 2019 match will be played in the 68,000 seat Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, and fans can expect the best of the best to be on the pitch.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HISTORY
The 2019 tournament will be the 64th Champions League competition. The annual continental competition began in 1955, and was the brainchild of Gabriel Hanot. The former football player and journalist wanted to see a competition developed that determined just which European team was the best. He was able to convince UEFA to institute such an event, and in 1956, the first final was held between Real Madrid and Reims. Real Madrid won the first and have since hoisted the famous European Cup 12 times. It wasn't until years later, however, that the tournament became even more prestigious. Only 16 clubs participated in the original.
In 1992, the Champions League was re-branded to suit its growing popularity. The redesign of the tournament helped usher in a new era and the tournament has gone from a midweek event into a worldwide phenomenon. The Champions League has an estimated 350 million television viewers around the globe. Only the World Cup can claim a larger viewing audience. However, watching it on television can't compare to being live in the stadium to see the final.
WANDA METROPOLITANO STADIUM
The Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain previously hosted its first UEFA European Championship game in 2017. It is a large, oval-shaped stadium that holds over 68,000 fans. The stadium, commonly known as “La Peineta” or “The Comb” due to its resemblance of a traditional Spanish hair comb, was built in 1990. Not only will it host the 2019 Champions League Final on June 1st, but the Wanda Metropolitano has also been the home of Atlético Madrid since the 2017 - 18 season.
The 2019 Champions League Final will crown the 64th European Champion. It is a prize only topped by the World Cup. Unlike the World Cup, the Champions League co-exists with the domestic league season, and creates a marathon of games. Only the best players and teams can navigate the tricky waters of both competitions. From 32 teams to just two remaining, the European Cup will go home with just one lucky winner on June 1st.