The finals of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions league between Juventus and Real Madrid is slated to come off on Saturday 3 June 2017 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Spain. 76,000 supporters are expected to gather at the Millennium Stadium. The 2016-17 UEFA Champions League is the 62nd edition since the inception of the elite club football competition and the 25th edition since the re-branding of the competition.
Real Madrid is the all-time leading winner with 11 trophies and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid being the all-time top scorer with 103 goals and Iker Casillas former captain of Real Madrid have made most appearances by making 164 appearances. Real Madrid is the defending champions of the 2016-17 champions league.
The finals of the 62nd edition of the champions league is between Juventus and Real Madrid. The only champions league final game between Juventus and Real Madrid was in the 1997-98 champions league.
That final took place on Wednesday 20 May 1998 at the Amsterdam Arena in Nederland with referee Hellmut Krug from Germany. Juventus manager then Marcelo Lippi fielded a strong lineup with the likes of Didier Deschamps, Edgar Davids, Del Porto, Antonio Conte, Philippo Inzaghi and Zinedine Zidane etc.
Real Madrid manager on that day Jupp Heynckes also lined up a very experienced team in the mode and shape of Roberto Carlos, Fernando Hierro, Hugo Sanchis, Fernando Redondo, Seedorf, Raul Gonzalez, Fernando Morientes and Davie Suker etc.
The 1998 champions league final ended in favor of Real Madrid with a beautiful strike by Predrag Mijatovic. Hugo Sanchis lifted the trophy for Real Madrid with a German referee at the center. The 2017 finals of the champions league is also between Juventus and Real Madrid with a German referee also at the center. Will there be a repeat of the 1998 finals?
Officials for Finals
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Additional Assistant Referees;
Marco Fritz (Germany)
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Milorad Mazic (Serbia)
Below is the road to the finals for both teams.
Juventus Road to the Finals.
Juventus started the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League in Group H alongside these clubs Lyon (France), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Sevilla (Spain).
These were all the matches Juventus played in Group H;
Day 1. Juventus 0-0 Sevilla
Day 2. Dinamo Zagreb 0-4 Juventus
Day 3. Lyon 0-1 Juventus
Day 4. Juventus 1-1 Lyon
Day 5. Sevilla 1-3 Juventus
Day 6. Juventus 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
- Juventus 14 pts
- Sevilla 11 pts
- Lyon 8 pts
- Dinamo Zagreb 0 pts
Round of 16:
Porto 0-2 Juventus
Juventus 1-0 Porto
Juventus 3-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 0-0 Juventus
Monaco 0-2 Juventus
Juventus 2-1 Monaco
Juventus vrs Real Madrid
Real Madrid Road to the Finals.
Real Madrid on the other hand started the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League in Group F alongside these clubs Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Legia Warsaw (Poland) and Sporting CP (Portugal).
These were all the matches Real Madrid played in Group F;
Day 1. Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting CP
Day 2. Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid
Day 3. Real Madrid 5-1 Legia Warsaw
Day 4. Legia Warsaw 3-3 Real Madrid
Day 5. Sporting CP 1-2 Real Madrid
Day 6. Real Madrid 2-2 Dortmund
- Borussia Dortmund 14 pts
- Real Madrid 12 pts
- Legia Warsaw 4 pts
- Sporting CP 3 pts
Round of 16;
Real Madrid 3-1 Napoli
Napoli 1-3 Real Madrid
Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 4-2 Bayern Munich (a.e.t)
Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid
Juventus vrs Real Madrid
Seasonal Statistics of both Juventus and Real Madrid.
Champions League: 12 games, 9 wins, 3 draws and no lost game. Goals scored 21 and 3 goals conceded.
League Games (Italy): 38 games, 29 wins, 4 draws and 5 lost matches. Goals scored 77 and 27 goals conceded.
Domestic Cup (Italy): 5 games, 4 wins and 1 lost. Goals 12 and 7 goals conceded.
In total, this season have being a bright one for Juventus by winning 42 games out of the 55 games played this season in the champions league, domestic Cup trophy and the league. Juventus in total scored 108 goals and conceded 37 goals. Juventus had a winning rate of 76% in the 2016-17 season.
Trophies won by Juventus this season;
- League trophy (Italy)
- Domestic Cup Trophy (Italy)
- Italian Super Cup
Champions League: 12 games, 8 wins, 3 draws and 1 lost game. Goals scored 32 and 17 goals conceded.
League Games (Spain): 38 games, 29 wins, 6 draws and 3 lost matches. Goals scored 106 and 41 goals conceded.
Domestic Cup (Spain): 6 games, 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 lost game. Goals scored 22 and 9 goals conceded.
In total, Real Madrid is said to have had a successful season after winning the la liga which they have struggled to win in a long time. In the 2016-17 season in the champions league, domestic Cup trophy and the league, Real Madrid have won 40 games out of the total 56 games. Real Madrid in total scored 160 goals and conceded 67 goals. Real Madrid had a winning rate of 71% in the 2016-17 season.
Trophies won by Real Madrid this season;
- FIFA Club World Cup
- UEFA Super Cup
- Spanish La Liga Trophy
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 11 goals
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)- 10 goals
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 8 goals
- Edinson Cavani (PSG) – 8 goals
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund) – 7 goals
- Neymar (Barcelona) – 8 assists
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 6 assists
- Ousmane Dembele (Dortmund) – 5 assists
- Raheem Sterling (Man City) – 4 assists
- Eduardo Salvio (Benfica) – 4 assists
Passes Completed (Players)
- Koke (Atletico Madrid) – 782 passes
- Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 764 passes
- Julian Weigl (Dortmund) – 757 passes
- Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) – 747 passes
- Gabi (Atletico Madrid) – 739 passes
Most Saves (Goalkeepers)
- Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – 39 saves
- Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) – 37 saves
- Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) – 34 saves
- Ludovic Butelle (Club Brugge) – 33 saves
- Arkadiusz Malarz (Legia Warsaw) – 32 saves
- Real Madrid – 32 goals
- Dortmund – 28 goals
- Bayern Munich – 27 goals
- Barcelona – 26 goals
- Monaco – 22 goals
Attempts on Goal
- Real Madrid – 226 attempts
- Bayern Munich – 188 attempts
- Juventus – 169 attempts
- Monaco – 166 attempts
- Atletico Madrid – 161 attempts
Pass Completion Rate
- Bayern Munich – 90% accuracy
- Barcelona – 88% accuracy
- Real Madrid – 88% accuracy
- PSG – 88% accuracy
- Dortmund – 87% accuracy