The UEFA Champions Festival brings the excitement of the UEFA Champions League final to the streets of Lisbon.
UEFA Champions Festival: Running from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 May
Many activities as football on a mini-pitch, or at skills stations as well as the chance to get close to the most famous trophy in club football and meet some of the game’s top stars. The central Praça do Comércio – also known as Terreiro do Paço – will stage the four-day event, which offers an array of free activities to suit fans and families alike.
During the daytime there will be great things to do and see, not least the famous UEFA Champions League Museum – the travelling exhibit that celebrates the best of the best – while there will be some tremendous events in the evenings, too: on Thursday, the world premiere of the “Champions” movie, and on Friday the Ultimate Champions match where an all-star Portuguese side will take on a selection from the rest of the world.
Gallery: 6 to 25 May
The UEFA Champions Gallery will be another exciting attraction during Champions Week in Lisbon, with the exhibition of over 150 images running from Tuesday 6 to Monday 25 May at the Praça do Município.
The collection tracks the history of Europe’s top club competition all the way back to the first edition of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1955, with photographs of some of the most celebrated figures in football – including Eusébio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luís Figo and Lionel Messi – going some way to capturing the excitement, despair, euphoria and passion of the UEFA Champions League.
Unseen behind-the-scenes pictures will also offer another perspective on the competition, which gives a stage not just to the great men but also fans that follow their dream into Europe and create legends of their own.
Museum: 6 to 25 May | Sala do Risco, Rua do Arsenal, 21, Lisboa
The UEFA Champions League Museum opens its doors, celebrating the history of the competition. Just one of the highlights is a 2002 UEFA Champions League final ball signed by Zinédine Zidane – who struck an extraordinary goal against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in that match as Real Madrid CF won the trophy for a record ninth time.
Lionel Messi’s boot from the 2009 final in Rome, when he scored in FC Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United FC, will also be behind glass, as will a programme from the 1960 final (where Madrid famously beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3), a 2010/11 ball autographed by Raul González (still the competition’s top scorer) and Eusébio’s shirt from the 1963 final.
Ladies first: 22 May | Estádio do Restelo
Lisbon’s Estádio do Restelo, just 5km from the Champions Festival at Praça do Comércio, will stage the2014 UEFA Women’s Champions League final at 19.30 local time on Thursday 22 May.
The 19,300-capacity home of CF Os Belenenses in the Belem district was opened in 1956, and has staged Portuguese internationals as well as providing Italy’s training base at UEFA EURO 2004.
The multi-purpose arena is also a music venue, and after the final and cup ceremony, R&B singer Anselmo Ralph – a judge on Portugal’s The Voice – will perform, with fans given access to the pitch in front of the stage.
The €10 ticket is valid for both the match and the concert and is available from Continente stores across Lisbon while stocks last.
More information here and at Visitlisboa website