UEFA Champions League Final
This weekend, May 19th 2012, Germany’s premier soccer club Bayern Munich will take on English Premier League’s Chelsea FC for the finals of European champions league. Both teams reached the finals by overcoming the Spanish opposition with Bayern Munich beating Spanish giant Real Madrid, and Chelsea winning against the tournament favorites FC Barcelona.
Some of the key players from both sides will be ineligible to play in the finals due to suspension. Bayern will be missing their key defenders David Alaba, , Holger Badstuber, and Luiz Gustavo while Chelsea FC will have to go to the field without their main defenders John Terry and Branislav Ivanovich. Chelsea is also missing midfielders Ramires and Raul Meireles. International players union also known as FIFPro has appealed to UEFA, the European soccer body, to allow the players who are suspended due to yellow cards accumulation play in the finals. It has been reported that UEFA have expressed that they have no intention of changing the rules, so the players mentioned above will remain suspended.
This game will be an exciting one, with Bayern going all out to win the trophy in front of their fans while Chelsea looking to triumph in what could be the last chance at Champions League glory for many of their aging players.
For a more detailed breakdown by the numbers, check out the infographic below provided by soccerloco.