Chelsea has beaten Bayern Munich in the Champions League final following a penalty shoot-out at the home of the German side. This is the first time Chelsea has won the European Cup in their 107 year history.
Didier Drogba delivered the penalty shot which denied Bayern a home victory, after levelling things earlier in the game with a powerful header.
Thousands of sports enthusiasts had gathered at the famous Allianz Arena to watch Chelsea London FC and Bayern Munich lock horns during the Champions League final today, concluding days of festivities.
European footballing heroes including Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Patrick Vieira, Samuel Eto’o, Gianfranco Zola and Roy Makaay were battling it out on the pitch.
The unique Allianz Arena has become one of the landmarks of the Bavarian capital in recent years. Although this was the first European Champion Clubs’ Cup final to be staged at The Allianz Arena, Munich itself is no stranger to major sporting events.
Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics and was one of the host cities for the 2006 Football World Cup as well as the 1974 FIFA World Cup and 1988 UEFA European Championship deciders took place at the Olympiastadion.
Munich bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games but lost to Pyeongchang. In September 2011 the DOSB President Thomas Bach confirmed that Munich would bid again for the Winter Olympics in the future.
As one of Germany’s most popular destination, Munich is a worthy host for major sporting and corporate events, with plenty to offer for tourists.
Odeonsplatz, located in Munich’s historic centre attracts travellers from all around the world. Other popular sites include Hofgarten, The Neuhausen-Nymphenburg area and Nymphenburg Palace. Meanwhile Maximiliansanlagen, which is thought to be the the cities finest street, is located above the east bank of the Isar river.
The Frauenkirche and the Alte Peter offer spectacular views of the city, including the ‘Marienplatz’, the city’s central square.
The 2012 Uefa Champions League Festival has been taking place at the Olympiapark. Highlights of the event included the Uefa Museum, the Uefa Theatre of Champions, skills clinics and coaching courses, and of course the big game.
Many pubs and bars have been fully booked for weeks, while the cities 400 hotels have seen even higher demand than during the city’s annual Oktoberfest. Prices range from £160-£800 per night.
65,000 fans are thought to have attended the game, meanwhile four times as many fans are expected to tune into the match from a public viewing location.
The Munich Tourist Board revealed that it is expecting up to 140,000 visitors for the day, with some 40,000 spending the night.
In order to accommodate the surge in visitors 160 extra transport sector employees were deployed today and an additional 20 trains were in service.
It was also reported that a record breaking number of fans attended the 2012 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, one of the highlights of this year’s UEFA Champions Festival, with 50,212 fans watching the match at the Olympiastadion in Munich.
The UEFA and European women’s club fixture record previously stood at 28,112 for the UEFA Women’s Cup final in Duisburg in 2009. In addition tens of thousands of fans have flocked to the UEFA Champions Festival since it opened on Wednesday.
The UEFA Women’s Champions League final was the climax of the second day of the UEFA Champions Festival, the free four-day event at Munich’s
Olympia Park that is building up to the UEFA Champions League Final.
UEFA President, Michel Platini, said: “I am very proud of this week of football, which is a true celebration of the fans’ passion, and culminates with one of the biggest sporting events.
“We aim to bring football to all here in Munich, and with the festival, the two finals, and the grassroots activities we are turning this city into a true European football capital this week,” he added.
The UEFA Champions League final was moved from a mid-week fixture to a Saturday for the first time in 2010 in Madrid following an idea of the UEFA President, Michel Platini, so that more football fans and families would get be able to attend the Final and get involved in the festivities activities around the four-day Champions League Festival.
The Festival was an opportunity for fans to take part in football related activities and learn about different aspects of the game such as grassroots, women’s football and futsal.
For football fans that were unable to get to Munich to watch the UEFA Champions League festivities or the final game, more social media applications were launched and deployed than ever before and the match was streamed live, digitally for the first time.
Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and a free festival Android smartphone application were all used to share the very latest news from Munich with football fans.
The UEFA Champions League trophy, which stands 73.5cm tall and weighs 8.5kg back to 2006.