UEFA CL Final: Madrid, Juventus clash in Millennium Stadium


By Tunji Faleye, additional report from talkSPORTs.com 

Real Madrid and Juventus will clash this evening in UEFA Champions League final inside the main bowl of Millennium Stadium Cardiff, Wales.

This night's match promises to be a battle of the titans as the finest players in European club football fight for the prestigious trophy. 

Real are trying to become the first club to retain the trophy since AC Milan won back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990, before the competition was revamped as the Champions League.

Success would mark Real's 12th victory in Europe's premier club competition, putting them five clear of Milan's seven European Cups/Champions Leagues – the next best record in the tournament's history.

Hometown hero Gareth Bale, meanwhile, will be trying to claim his third Champions League winner's medal, which would put him just one short of ex-Liverpool player Phil Neal's British record four triumphs.

For Juventus, victory would be the third occasion they have been crowned kings of the continent, and the first since beating Ajax in the 1996 final.

The most dominant club in Serie A, having won the last six Italian league titles in a row to reach a record 33 national championships, the Bianconeri ('Black and Whites') have nevertheless lost a record six European Cup finals, including their previous four appearances.

Juve were defeated by Real Madrid in the 1998 final, which marked the first time the Spanish club had won the trophy in 32 years.

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