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2018 UEFA Champions League: Liverpool-Real Madrid final time, TV guide

2018 UEFA Champions League: Liverpool-Real Madrid final time, TV guide


USA TODAY

Published 9:16 p.m. ET May 25, 2018 | Updated 9:21 p.m. ET May 25, 2018

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Real Madrid is looking to capture their third straight Champions League title, but Mo Salah and Liverpool are showing why they are an up-and-coming threat to the title.
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The 2018 UEFA Champions League final will be played between Liverpool FC (England) and Real Madrid (Spain) on Saturday, May 26. 

Real Madrid — behind its star player, Cristiano Ronaldo — is going for a third consecutive Champions League crown (and fourth in five years). In all, Real Madrid has won the Champions League title 12 times (the competition goes back to the 1955-56 season). This is the 16th time Real Madrid has played in the Champions League final.

Liverpool — behind a breakout season for Mohamed Salah — is in the Champions League final for the first time since 2007. Liverpool last won the competition in 2005, and is a five-time Champions League winner all-time.

Here’s everything else you need to know for the matchup:

TIME, TV INFO: Kickoff – 2:30 p.m. ET, FOX. Streaming online on FOX Sports Go. Pregame coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.

LOCATION: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine

WHAT TO WATCH

Real Madrid dominance

No club has won more UEFA Champions League crowns. In fact, no other team is even close to matching Real Madrid’s 12 Champions League triumphs; AC Milan is second with seven, while Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Liverpool each have five. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice en route to Man of the Match honors in Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Juventus last year, and look for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to be a focal point for Los Blancos on Saturday.

Liverpool’s rise

Under manager Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool has returned to prominence in Europe. Klopp — who has been with Liverpool since 2015 — has prior experience in leading a team to the Champions League final. In 2013, he delivered Borussia Dortmund to the brink of European glory, only to lose to German rival Bayern Munich. Klopp’s team features Mohamed Salah, who scored a record 32 goals in 36 Premier League games this season.

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RECENT UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALS

2016-17: Real Madrid (Spain) over Juventus (Italy), 4-1
2015-16: Real Madrid (Spain) over Atletico Madrid (Spain), 1-1 (Real Madrid won penalty shootout, 5-3)
2014-15: Barcelona (Spain) over Juventus (Italy), 3-1
2013-14: Real Madrid (Spain) over Atletico Madrid (Spain), 4-1
2012-13: Bayern Munich (Germany) over Borussia Dortmund (Germany), 2-1
2011-12: Chelsea (England) over Bayern Munich (Germany), 1-1 (Chelsea won penalty shootout, 4-3)
2010-11: Barcelona (Spain) over Manchester United (England), 3-1
2009-10: Inter Milan (Italy) over Bayern Munich (Germany), 2-0
2008-09: Barcelona (Spain) over Manchester United (England), 3-1
2007-08: Manchester United (England) over Chelsea (England), 1-1 (Manchester United won penalty shootout, 6-5)
2006-07: AC Milan (Italy) over Liverpool (England), 2-1
2005-06: Barcelona (Spain) over Arsenal (England), 2-1
2004-05: Liverpool (England) over AC Milan (Italy), 3-3 (Liverpool won penalty shootout, 3-2)
2003-04: Porto (Portugal) over AS Monaco (France), 3-0
2002-03: AC Milan (Italy) over Juventus (Italy), 0-0 (AC Milan won penalty shootout, 3-2
2001-02: Real Madrid (Spain) over Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), 2-1
2000-01: Bayern Munich (Germany) over Valencia (Spain), 1-1 (Bayern Munich won penalty shootout, 5-4)
1999-2000: Real Madrid (Spain) over Valencia (Spain), 3-0

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