Champions League Final in 2018 took place in Kyiv. The central stadium of Ukraine’s capital has hosted only three football matches of such a high status.
In 1975, at the times of the Soviet Union, the return match of UEFA Super Cup between Dynamo and Bavaria was played at the Republican stadium in Kyiv.
In 2012, the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex hosted the European Championship Final between Italy and Spain.
This year the Champions League itself has come to Kyiv.
UCLF – this abbreviation has quickly become clear not even to football fans: UEFA Champions League Final. The decisive game of the world’s most attractive club tournament increasingly gains in importance. Marketing technologies, along with publicity, create a unique event image for a match. Many cities are already in the queue of contenders for the right to host one of the following matches, because it is direct earnings, and an invaluable contribution to future development.
Ukrainians were very lucky that the final pair was formed by two legendary teams. Together, “Real” and “Liverpool” won the trophy 17 times before the final, with “Real” as the absolute record holder, and on Saturday it added the 13th victory to its previous 12- a baker’s dozen!
“Real” has won the Champions League three times in a row. No one was able to win this tournament, which replaced the Champions Cup, even twice in a row before.
And this is “Real’s” fourth victory over 5 years, which proves the domination of Zinedine Zidane’s team in European club football, as well as in the mid-50’s when the history of the famous tournament began.
You could meet not only a lot of modern stars but also star veterans of football on Khreshchatyk – the central street of Kyiv. Ian Rush and Steven McManaman, Christian Karembeu and Marcel Desailly, Square Gull and Jerzy Dudek, Cafu and Clarence Seedorf, Serhiy Rebrov and Andriy Voronin.
A tournament was held in front of the city hall with the participation of two brothers Klitschko – mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy and former world champion Volodymyr.
Besides, Gary Lineker, legendary former English footballer and current sports broadcaster will address the conference on football development.
Famous Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko became the Honorable Ambassador of the Final.
The highest award – the Order of Italy was solemnly given to Andriy at the residence of the Ambassador of Italy in Ukraine, Mr. Davide La Cecilia.
Tens of thousands spectators visited the Final fan zones arranged on Khreshchatyk and Kontraktova Square.