May 22, 2014 15:16 UTC

UEFA Champions League Opens in Lisbon

LISBON, Portugal--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The 2014 UEFA Champions League Festival is officially open in Lisbon, Portugal. Earlier today and 80 piece military band from the Guarda Nacional Republicana escorted the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women’s Champions League Trophies into Praça do Comércio. The historic square, which ends on the Tagus river, is the site of the UEFA Champions Festival, which runs until 25 May.

The UEFA Women’s Champions League final will be played later today, at 19h30 GMT. The final, which opposes defending champions VfL Wolfsburg and Sweden’s Tyresö FF, will be played at Estádio do Restelo in Lisbon. The final match includes performances by international R&B star Anselmo Ralph.

Highlights of the day from the UEFA Champions League Festival include the world premiere of the UEFA Champions League movie The 25-minute film celebrates some of the most dramatic moments in the history of the world's most prestigious club competition since the first European Champion Clubs' Cup was contested in 1955/56.

Orchestra Geração was on hand for the build-up to the movie premiere. The 100 piece youth orchestra were joined by a 40 strong choir, who closed their performance with a spectacular rendition of the UEFA Champions League anthem.

Former France international Christian Karembeu was on site to interact with fans. Former Brazil international Cafu took part in an autograph session, drawing crowds to the UEFA Champions Festival stage.

The UEFA Champions Festival continues tomorrow. The highlight of the day will be at 17h00 GMT, when Paolo Futre's Selecção will meet Emilio Butragueño's UEFA All-Stars in the eighth annual Ultimate Champions Match. The five-a-side game brings together some of the top players in UEFA Champions League history ahead of Saturday's final between Club Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid CF.

More information on www.uefa.com

Contacts

UEFA
Press contact:
Francisco Empis, Tel: +351913089871
fe@cunhavaz.com


Source: UEFA