KIEV, Ukraine – The latest at the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all the time locally):
8:20 [Real Madrid] has arrived at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev when it seeks its third consecutive Champions League title on Saturday in the final against Liverpool.
Fans lined streets as the team bus approached the stadium, with some followers waving flares. Cristiano Ronaldo noticed the cameras when he left the bus with headphones.
The last time a team won Europe's premier cup competition for three consecutive years was Bayern Munich in 1
Despite Real Madrid's successful successes in Europe, coach Zinedine Zidane said Thursday that his team "does not feel like the favorites" for the final.
Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, has been on a tent site at OS Stadium less than two hours before kickoff.
The former world-class boxing champion ended up posing for selfie photographs of several fans in white Real Madrid shirts.
Klitschko has spent a lot of the last two days trying to ensure that Liverpool fans with tickets could come to his city. He was in talks with the mayor of Liverpool and the airlines were trying to find landings at Kiev's two airports for England flights that had been interrupted.
Klitschko was elected for the first time to office 2014, two years after his latest professional match.
Goal, goal, goal. This season is the most productive in the 26-year-old Champions League.
A strike of 3.20 goals per game – 397 in 124 matches so far at a goal every 28 minutes – hit the record 3.04 in the last season.
And the two highest points are in the final. Liverpool have 40 goals and Real Madrid 30 – half of their total score by Cristiano Ronaldo.
"No one expected to be here but we are here because we are Liverpool," said Juergen Klopp's coach. "It's the most exceptional run to a final with the most goals ever. I can not believe it's true, but it's us."
Liverpool has also been the more effective team, pointing 10 more than Madrid from 19 fewer try, according to UEFA match statistics.
The Competition Goal Glutton is not just due to more error matches. Liverpool's habit of recognizing goals when leading matches led to 3-3 votes against the Sevilla squad, and exciting semi-finals against Roma – a 5-2 victory and a 4-2 loss.
Madrid's defense also fought in the knockout rounds. A 3-1 home loss in the quarterfinals second leg against Juventus was followed by a 2-2 rush against a wicked Bayern Munich side in the semi-finals second leg.
Liverpool hopes European Cup history from May 1981 will repeat.
When Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the last 37 years ago, the only time an English team hit a Spanish opponent lifted the iconic big-handed trophy in the 63-year history of the Competition.
Each England vs. Spain final was since Spain's road, but none involved Madrid.
Barcelona scored for all three victories and beat Arsenal in the 2006 finals and Manchester United twice 2009 and two years later.
Madrid has lost all three of its European finals against British teams.
An Aberdeen team managed by Alex Ferguson beat Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid in the 1983 final in the European Cup Winners Cup. In the same race, Madrid lost the 1971 final to Chelsea.
European fans may have struggled to make it to the Champions League final in Kiev, but Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters from elsewhere in the world make their presence.
Ukraine has a simpler visa process than many EU countries, and in the city center fans support flags from countries that vary as South Africa, Ecuador and Bahrain. Liverpool seems to have taken more fans from Asia and Africa, while Real has support from South America.
Some had long trips, such as Liverpool supporter Eric Luk, who came from Hong Kong via Kazakhstan for almost a whole day and night. 19659035] It has not been all sailing. Australian fans Lachlan Garrard and Ian Dennis complained that they waited four hours for a visa to be issued on arrival at one of Kiev airports, and everyone must fight astronomical hotel prices.
English clubs won the last two Champions League finals that were played outside the European Union. Manchester United won a penalty for Chelsea in Moscow in 2008 and Liverpool played a spectacular comeback against AC Milan in Turkey in 2005 – the famous "Miracle of Istanbul".
Four years ago, Kiev's central square was a battlefield. Now it's packed with fans before the Champions League final.
Popularly known as the Maidan, at the end of 2013 and at the beginning of 2014, the square was the protest site, which gradually decreased since President Viktor Yanukovych.
Crowds camped on the square for weeks, fought police and more than 100 people were killed in the square and in the surrounding streets.
On Saturday, Real Madrid and Liverpool fans mixed among locals in the square as musical fountains played Frank Sinatra's "My Way". "
" I arrived in 2014 and these buildings were all pre-cooled and there were tires everywhere after the demonstrations, "said Stefan Polotajko, a British Liverpool fan of relatives in Ukraine. "The way it has been reformed is absolutely amazing."
Also on the square was Lyudmyla Agafonova, who moved to Kiev with his family because of the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in her hometown of Donetsk.
She says, "The real fans are more fun. Liverpool is a little bit more limited, like English in general. We're glad it's happening here."
Her husband Serhiy adds "it's great to have all these foreigners here" and "Ukraine is coming closer to Europe."
Kiev police say they evacuated five stations on the city's metro network after a hoax caller warned of bomb attacks.
In front of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, the police watched the stations and "dangerous objects were not found."
The tunnel is now back to normal.
Police say they are now hunting hoax calls.
In addition to the terrorist bombings, the police have so far registered 26 crimes with foreigners, whether they are victims or perpetrators.
It includes 10 cases of theft, three of hooliganism and two of fraud. Other foreigners were fined to cause a traffic accident and drink publicly. 19659053] Police arrested former two people after the Liverpool fans attacked a restaurant on Thursday and left two injured.
Flight cancellations meant more than 1,000 Liverpool supporters could not leave Britain, while rising housing prices persuaded about the same number of Madrid fans to get their ticket money repaid rather than travel to Ukraine.
The organizer UEFA has said that refunded tickets will be made available to locals but it is likely that there is unusual view of empty seats at a final in the Champions League.
The fans who made it are largely positive about Kiev, where beer is cheap and a festival atmosphere is evident in the city center.
Madrid fans Fabino Mohino and Yago Saez said they spent about 750 euros per piece ghts and traveled for 20 hours through Barcelona.
"We were lucky to have friend of a friend in the suburbs," said Mohino, which means they could avoid Kiev hotel prices as much as $ 2000 per night.
"Love it," added Saez, who has participated in six of the last seven Champions League finals. "So far, so good."
Security is tight in Kiev, with police in center, which has been closed for traffic. It seems to have prevented repetitions of Thursday's attack on Liverpool fans in a restaurant – unfortunately by Ukrainian hooligans – who left two injured.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will be supported at the Champions League final by a Premier League counterpart – Huddersfield's David Wagner.
The two coaches have been friends for more than 25 years, from Germany and continue in England.
Speaking in Kiev before Saturday's final against Real Madrid, Wagner said, "We've been texting a few times in the past week … and I'm sure his team will be on fire tonight."
Klopp is the godfather of Wagner's daughter. Wagner was Klopp's best man. They played for the same Mainz team in the Bundesliga in the early 1990s. They were coaches (Klopp) and assistant coaches (Wagner) for Borussia Dortmund from 2011-15.
Klopp was employed by Liverpool 2015 when Wagner was appointed Huddersfield manager.
Wagner says that Klopp "can deliver an atmosphere where everyone is relaxed but focused enough and that's why I'm pretty sure they have a chance."
There are € 4.5 million extra game for the winner Saturday, on top of tens of millions of Liverpool and Real Madrid have already earned from the organizer UEFA this season.
The champion will earn 15.5 million euros (18.1 million dollars) and the runner will receive 11 million euros (12.8 million dollars). The money from UEFA includes each club's share of ticket revenues.
UEFA will allocate more than 1.3 billion euros in prize money among the 32 teams qualifying for the group phase.
All 32 clubs receive nearly $ 13 million ($ 15.2 million) to win win-win and group play, fees to reach every knockout round and part of their national broadcasting agreement (so-called "market pool "money).
Madrid is aiming to pocket at least 80 million euros (93.3 million dollars) from UEFA. Liverpool will receive at least $ 75 million ($ 87.5 million), including a $ 2 million ($ 2.3 million) bonus to emerge from the playoff round in August.
The prize money is expected to rise by about 30 percent next season when a new
Do not be surprised if it takes on Sunday for the Champions League title to be settled.
Real Madrid and Liverpool kick off at 21:45 local time in Kiev, it is 1845 GMT. The game will go beyond midnight if the score is even after 90 minutes and 30 minutes extra time is required.
Three of the last six finals also needed punishment after extra time, and it would drive the action near 12.30 in the Ukrainian capital.
Madrid and Liverpool have combined to win 17 titles since the competition began in the 1955-56 season.
While Madrid chasing a record 13th win, Liverpool would go third on the all-time list by winning his sixth. AC Milan ranks second with seven European titles.
Of all teams with at least three titles, Madrid and Liverpool boast the best record in the final.
Twenty-one defense champion Madrid chases the first hat trick because Bayern Munich won every European Cup final from 1974-1976. Ajax also won three in a row from 1971-73.
It would also give Madrid four titles in five years – the best step since the Spanish club won the first five issues in 1960.
Liverpool and Real Madrid fans gather in Kiev for the first Champions League final to be played in Ukraine.
The final is a rare prestige moment for a country whose last year dominated by the conflict with Russia-backed separatists and difficult economic problems.
However, it is one of the most logistically challenging positions that UEFA chose for its showpiece club final, with lack of hotel rooms and lack of airfields.
Fueled by Cristiano Ronaldo's goal, Madrid is looking for a 13th European Cup title.
Liverpool has reached the final for the first time in 11 years. The Premier League Club won the last of its five European titles in 2005.
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