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2015 UEFA Champions League Final
2015 UCL Final Visual Identity
Event2014–15 UEFA Champions League
Date6 June 2015
VenueOlympic Stadium, Berlin
Man of the MatchAndrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
RefereeCüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Attendance70,442
WeatherPartly cloudy
26 °C (79 °F)
49% humidity
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The 2015 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, the 60th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 23rd season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League. It was played at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, on 6 June 2015, between Italian side Juventus and Spanish side Barcelona.

Barcelona were the winners, beating Juventus 3–1 to gain their fifth trophy in the competition. As winners, Barcelona earned the right to play against the winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, Sevilla, in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup. They also qualified to enter the semi-finals of the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup as the UEFA representative.

Venue

The Olympic Stadium was announced as the venue of the final at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 23 May 2013.

The current Olympiastadion was originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics in the southern part of the Reichssportfeld (today Olympiapark Berlin). During World War II, the area suffered little damage. After the war, the British military occupation used the northern part of the Reichssportfeld as its headquarters until 1949. From 1951 to 2005, the Olympischer Platz had a giant antenna transmitting for all the portable radios in Berlin. Aside from its use as an Olympic stadium, the Olympiastadion has a strong footballing tradition. Historically, it is the ground of club Hertha BSC since 1963. It was also used for 3 matches in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. It hosted six matches, including the final, in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was renovated for that reason. Since 1985, the German Cup final match is held each year at the Olympiastadion.

Background

This was the eighth European Cup/UEFA Champions League final for both Juventus and Barcelona. Juventus won two of their previous finals (1985, 1996) and lost five (1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003), while Barcelona won four of their previous finals (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011) and lost three (1961, 1986, 1994). Barcelona also played in six Cup Winners' Cup finals (winning in 1979, 1982, 1989, 1997, and losing in 1969, 1991), while Juventus also played in one Cup Winners' Cup final (winning in 1984) and four UEFA Cup finals (winning in 1977, 1990, 1993, and losing in 1995).

The two teams had previously played six times in UEFA club competitions, but never in a final. In their previous UEFA club competition meetings, Barcelona won 2–1 on aggregate in the 1985–86 European Cup quarter-finals and 3–2 on aggregate in the 1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals, while Juventus won 3–2 on aggregate in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. They also played in the 1952 Latin Cup semi-finals, won by Barcelona 4–2, and the 1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup second round, won by Juventus 4–2 on aggregate.

Similar to the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final, both teams entered the final in the possibility of winning the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and Champions League titles. Juventus were crowned champions of the 2014–15 Serie A on 2 May, and won the 2015 Coppa Italia Final eighteen days later. Barcelona were crowned champions of the 2014–15 La Liga on 17 May, and won the 2015 Copa del Rey Final thirteen days later. While it would have been the first treble for Juventus, Barcelona had previously won the treble in 2008–09.

Road to the final

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Flag of Italy Juventus Round Flag of Spain Barcelona
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Flag of Sweden Good one Malmö FF 2–0 (H) Matchday 1 Flag of Cyprus APOEL 1–0 (H)
Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid 0–1 (A) Matchday 2 Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 2–3 (A)
Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos 0–1 (A) Matchday 3 Netherlands Ajax 3–1 (H)
Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos 3–2 (H) Matchday 4 Netherlands Ajax 2–0 (A)
Flag of Sweden Good one Malmö FF 2–0 (A) Matchday 5 Flag of Cyprus APOEL 4–0 (A)
Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid 0–0 (H) Matchday 6 Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 3–1 (H)
Group A runner-up
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 14 3 +11 13
Flag of Italy Juventus 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10
Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos 6 3 0 3 10 13 −3 9
Flag of Sweden Good one Malmö FF 6 1 0 5 4 15 −11 3
Final standings Group F winner
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Spain Barcelona 6 5 0 1 15 5 +10 15
Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 1 1 10 7 +3 13
Netherlands Ajax 6 1 2 3 8 10 −2 5
Flag of Cyprus APOEL 6 0 1 5 1 12 −11 1
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Germany Borussia Dortmund 5–1 2–1 (H) 3–0 (A) Round of 16 England Manchester City 3–1 2–1 (A) 1–0 (H)
Flag of France Monaco 1–0 1–0 (H) 0–0 (A) Quarter-finals Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 5–1 3–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
Flag of Spain Real Madrid 3–2 2–1 (H) 1–1 (A) Semi-finals Germany Bayern Munich 5–3 3–0 (H) 2–3 (A)

Pre-match

Ambassador

Former Germany international player Karl-Heinz Riedle, who won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997, was named as the ambassador for the final.

UEFA unveiled the visual identity of the final on 29 August 2014. It blends the stadium with the city's Brandenburg Gate.

Ticketing

With a stadium capacity of 70,500, a total amount of 46,000 tickets were available to fans and the general public, with the two finalist teams receiving 20,000 tickets each and with 6,000 tickets being available for sale to fans worldwide via UEFA.com from 5 to 23 March 2015 in four price categories: €390, €280, €160, and €70. The rest of 24,500 tickets were allocated to sponsors and officials.

Related events

The 2015 UEFA Women's Champions League Final will be held on 14 May 2015 at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin. Unlike recent years, in which the Women's Champions League final was held in the same week as the men's Champions League final, the two matches will be separated by almost a month, as the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup starts in early June.

The annual UEFA Champions Festival was held between 4–7 June 2015 in the streets around Brandenburg Gate.

Match

Officials

In May 2015, the officials were chosen for the final by UEFA, led by Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır. His compatriots Bahattin Duran and Tarık Ongun were chosen as assistant referees, and fellow Turks Hüseyin Göçek and Barış Şimşek the additional assistants, with Mustafa Emre Eyisoy the reserve assistant. Jonas Eriksson, of Sweden, was chosen as fourth official. Çakır is a UEFA elite referee, and has refereed at UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final.

Team selection

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini was ruled out of the final with a calf injury picked up in training on 3 June. Barcelona had no injury concerns before the final.

Barcelona's Luis Suárez was previously involved in two controversies with players in the Juventus squad: in 2012, he was found guilty by an FA commission of using racially insulting language towards Patrice Evra in a game between their respective former clubs Liverpool and Manchester United, and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup he escaped punishment for biting Chiellini but was punished retrospectively. Evra stated that he would shake Suárez's hand before the game, having refused to in a previous game.

Summary

In the second minute, Barcelona's Javier Mascherano conceded a corner kick, which Juventus aimed at Evra but Barcelona cleared it. However two minutes later, Jordi Alba made a run on Barcelona's left, passing to Neymar and then Andrés Iniesta who set up Ivan Rakitić to score the first goal from close range. Rakitić's goal was Barcelona's fastest goal in a Champions League Final, and the fourth fastest in Champions League Final overall. In the 11th minute, Arturo Vidal of Juventus received the first yellow card for fouling Sergio Busquets. At half time, Barcelona led 1–0.

Ten minutes into the second half, Juventus equalised: Claudio Marchisio back-heeled the ball to right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, who set up Carlos Tevez. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen blocked the shot from Tevez, but Álvaro Morata equalised by putting the rebound into the net. In the 67th minute, Juventus appealed for a penalty when Paul Pogba went down in the area when challenged by Dani Alves, but the referee did not give it. Two minutes later, Barcelona got back into the lead when Lionel Messi shot from the edge of the area, Gianluigi Buffon blocked it and Suárez put in the rebound. Soon after, Neymar put the ball into the net from Alba's cross, but it was disallowed as the referee deemed that he had headed it into his own hand.

In the 78th minute, Barcelona substituted Iniesta, who gave his captain's armband to Xavi, making his final appearance for Barcelona. Soon after, Juventus made three substitutions in quick succession: Vidal was replaced with Roberto Pereyra and Morata with Fernando Llorente, while Evra made way for Kingsley Coman. In added time, Barcelona made their final two changes, as Rakitić made way for Jérémy Mathieu and the limping Suárez for Pedro. In the final added minute, Alves handled the ball near the halfway line, and Juventus launched the resulting free kick towards the Barcelona goal, where it was cleared. The ensuing counter-attack ended with Neymar scoring with the final kick to make it 3–1.

With the win, Barcelona became the first European club to achieve the treble twice. Their fifth European title put them joint third with Bayern Munich and Liverpool. If only the Champions League era is considered, this is their fourth title, putting their joint first with Real Madrid.

On the other hand, Juventus became the first team to lose six finals: they previously shared the record with Benfica and Bayern Munich. Patrice Evra became the first player to play in four losing UEFA Champions League finals, having previously been a runner-up in 2004 (with Monaco), 2009 and 2011 (both with Manchester United).

Details

6 June 2015
20:45 CEST
Juventus Flag of Italy 1–3 Flag of Spain Barcelona Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 70,442
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Morata Soccerball 55' Report Rakitić Soccerball 4'
Suárez Soccerball 68'
Neymar Soccerball 90+7'
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GK 1 Flag of Italy Gianluigi Buffon (c)
RB 26Switzerland Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 15Flag of Italy Andrea Barzagli
CB 19Flag of Italy Leonardo Bonucci
LB 33Flag of France Patrice Evra Sub off 89'
DM 21Flag of Italy Andrea Pirlo
RM 8 Flag of Italy Claudio Marchisio
LM 6 Flag of France Paul Pogba Yellow card 41'
AM 23Flag of CHI Arturo Vidal Yellow card 11' Sub off 79'
CF 10Flag of Argentina Carlos Tevez
CF 9 Flag of Spain Álvaro Morata Sub off 85'
Substitutes:
GK 30Flag of Italy Marco Storari
DF 5 Flag of Italy Angelo Ogbonna
MF 11Flag of France Kingsley Coman Sub on 89'
MF 20Flag of Italy Simone Padoin
MF 37Flag of Argentina Roberto Pereyra Sub on 79'
MF 27Flag of Italy Stefano Sturaro
FW 14Flag of Spain Fernando Llorente Sub on 85'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Massimiliano Allegri
Juventus vs Barcelona 2015-06-06
GK 1 Germany Marc-André ter Stegen
RB 22Brazil Dani Alves
CB 3 Flag of Spain Gerard Piqué
CB 14Flag of Argentina Javier Mascherano
LB 18Flag of Spain Jordi Alba
RM 4 Croatia Ivan Rakitić Sub off 90+1'
CM 5 Flag of Spain Sergio Busquets
LM 8 Flag of Spain Andrés Iniesta (c) Sub off 78'
RF 10Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi
CF 9 Flag of Uruguay Luis Suárez Yellow card 70' Sub off 90+6'
LF 11Brazil Neymar
Substitutes:
GK 13Flag of CHI Claudio Bravo
DF 15Flag of Spain Marc Bartra
DF 21Brazil Adriano
DF 24Flag of France Jérémy Mathieu Sub on 90+1'
MF 6 Flag of Spain Xavi Sub on 78'
MF 12Brazil Rafinha
FW 7 Flag of Spain Pedro Sub on 90+6'
Manager:
Flag of Spain Luis Enrique

Man of the Match:
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Additional assistant referees:
Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
Barış Şimşek (Turkey)
Reserve assistant referee:
Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (Turkey)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

Statistics

First half
Statistic Juventus Barcelona
Goals scored 01
Total shots 58
Shots on target 14
Saves 31
Ball possession 34%66%
Corner kicks 33
Fouls committed 154
Offsides 00
Yellow cards 20
Red cards 00

Second half
Statistic Juventus Barcelona
Goals scored 12
Total shots 910
Shots on target 54
Saves 24
Ball possession 44%56%
Corner kicks 53
Fouls committed 98
Offsides 10
Yellow cards 01
Red cards 00

Overall
Statistic Juventus Barcelona
Goals scored 13
Total shots 1418
Shots on target 68
Saves 55
Ball possession 39%61%
Corner kicks 86
Fouls committed 2412
Offsides 10
Yellow cards 21
Red cards 00
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Runners-up
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Knockout Stage
Eliminated in the Semi-finals
Bayern Munich · Real Madrid
Eliminated in the Quarter-finals
Paris Saint-Germain · Atlético Madrid · Porto · Monaco
Eliminated in the in the Last 16
Schalke 04 · Basel · Chelsea · Shakhtar Donetsk · Arsenal · Bayer 04 Leverkusen · Manchester City · Borussia Dortmund ·
Eliminated in the Group Stage
Olympiacos · Malmö · Liverpool · Ludogorets Razgrad · Zenit Saint Petersburg · Benfica · Sporting CP · Maribor · Athletic Bilbao · BATE Borisov
Eliminated in the play-off round
Celtic · Red Bull Salzburg · AaB · Steaua Bucureşti · Slovan Bratislava · Beşiktaş · Standard Liège · Copenhagen · Lille · Napoli
Eliminated in the third qualifying round
Qarabağ · Debrecen · Sheriff Tiraspol · Dinamo Zagreb · Legia Warsaw · Aktobe · Maccabi Tel Aviv · HJK · Sparta Prague · Partizan · AEL Limassol · Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk · Feyenoord · Grasshoppers · Panathinaikos
Eliminated in the second qualifying round
Sutjeska Nikšić · Levadia Tallinn · F91 Dudelange · Valletta · FC Santa Coloma · The New Saints · Skënderbeu Korçë · HB · Žalgiris Vilnius · Cliftonville · KR · Dinamo Tbilisi · Ventspils · HJK · Strømsgodset · Zrinjski Mostar · St Patrick's Athletic
Eliminated in the first qualifying round
Banants · La Fiorita · Lincoln Red Imps

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