Who: Chelsea FC x FC Bayern München
What: UEFA Champions League Final
When: 5/19/12 FOX. Time: TBA
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
I wanted to start this thread a couple days early to get the non soccer viewers a little background info on the two teams playing. Alot of the reasons why people dont usual watch soccer is because they feel the game is boring or too slow a pace.
Well you shouldn't get that in this match. This game, every year, is the single most watched sporting event in the world.
How did they get here?
They finished first in their group, but had a very lackluster tournament outside of a 5-0 smashing of group minnows Genk of the Norwegian league. Their season turned around after they fireded young up and coming coach Andre Villas Boas in favor of former Chelsea player Roberto Di Matteo.
Their best match in the tournament came when they turned around a 3-1 aggregate deficit against Napoli of Italy.
Bayern steam rolled through their group by winning all but one match in which they drew 1-1. As they progressed the results started to become even more convincing including a 7-0 humbling against FC Basel of switserland. Playing with the motivation of having the final in their own stadium was growing each week, with their confidence at an all time high they eliminated tournament favorites Real Madrid in penalties after the score was tied after regular and extra time.
Who to watch:
Riding on his red hot form, Drogba has put Chelsea on his back since the firing of Andre Villas Boas including what would be a goal against the run of play vs FC Barcelona
This was a tough one for me to pick since Bayern is STACKED. But the vast majority of game changing play making ability runs through the Dutchmen. He is only behind the great Leonel Messi for the best left foot in soccer.
Im personally thinking that Bayern will win this match by at least 2 or 3 goals. Due to having too many yellow cards in the semi finals, Chelsea will be without 4 of their regular starters in the final.
Bayern Munich- 3
Gomez 2 goals
Drogba 1 goal
Hope this opening post educated some of you who are considering on watching the game. I promise that you are in for a big spectacle.
[ Edited by NickV on May 17, 2012 at 9:54 PM ]