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2012 UEFA Champions League Final

2012 UEFA Champions League Final
Event 2011–12 UEFA Champions League
Chelsea won 4–3 on penalties
Date 19 May 2012 (2012-05-19)
Venue Allianz Arena, Munich
UEFA Man of the Match Didier Drogba (Chelsea)[1]
Fans' Man of the Match Petr Čech (Chelsea)[2]
Referee Pedro Proença (Portugal)[3]
Attendance 62,500[4]
Weather Partly cloudy
20 °C (68 °F)
38% humidity[5]

The 2012 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match which took place on Saturday, 19 May 2012 between Bayern Munich of Germany and Chelsea of England at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. The match was to decide the winner of the 2011–12 season of the UEFA Champions League, Europe's premier club football tournament. Bayern were making their ninth appearance in the competition's final, having won four and lost four, most recently losing in 2010. Chelsea were appearing in their second final, having lost their last in 2008.

It was the first Champions League final to be held at the Allianz Arena (known as "Fußball Arena München" for the final). As tenants of the Arena, this meant Bayern were the first finalists to have home advantage since 1984. Both teams progressed to the knockout stages by finishing top of their group. Bayern then beat Basel, Marseille and Real Madrid to reach the final, while Chelsea knocked out Napoli, Benfica and defending champions Barcelona.

Bayern took the lead late in the second half through Thomas Müller, but Didier Drogba equalised for Chelsea five minutes later to take the game to extra time, in which Arjen Robben missed an awarded penalty, Petr Čech saving the low drive. The teams stayed level at 1–1 and the match went to a penalty shoot-out, which Chelsea won 4–3 to clinch their first Champions League title. In doing so, they became the first London club to win the tournament, the fifth English club and 22nd overall.

As winners, Chelsea took part in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup, losing 4–1 to Atlético Madrid, the winners of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. The victory also allowed them to enter the following season's Champions League competition (having failed to qualify for it by their league finishing position) at the expense of fellow London team Tottenham who would otherwise have entered the competition having finished fourth in the Premier League. Chelsea also represented UEFA at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, entering at the semi-final stage; however, they were beaten 1–0 by Corinthians in the final.


  • Venue 1
  • Background 2
  • Road to final 3
  • Pre-match 4
    • Ticketing 4.1
    • Ambassador 4.2
    • Festival and live screenings 4.3
  • Match 5
    • Team selection 5.1
    • Match summary 5.2
    • Details 5.3
    • Statistics 5.4
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The Allianz Arena in Champions League final livery


  • 2011–12 UEFA Champions League,
  • 2012 final: Fußball Arena München,

External links

  1. ^ a b "Player Rater – Top Player – Didier Drogba". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Player Rater – Top Player – Petr Čech". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Proença to officiate UEFA Champions League final". (Union of European Football Associations). 17 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Full Time Report, Final – Saturday 19 May 2012" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Tactical Line-ups – Final – Saturday 19 May 2012" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "UEFA unveil 2011 and 2012 final venues". (Union of European Football Associations). 30 January 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Munich finals have habit for upsets". Union of European Football Associations. 1 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Plays of the Day: Heroes in blue". ESPN. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Allianz Arena gets a new colour".  
  10. ^ "Shootout woe for Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 25 April 2012. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Barcelona 2 Chelsea 2 (agg 2–3)". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). 24 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  12. ^ McNulty, Phil (5 May 2012). "Chelsea 2–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  13. ^ ESPN Staff (12 May 2012). "Dortmund rout Bayern to claim double". ESPN Soccernet (ESPN). Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bayern and Chelsea renew rivalry". Union of European Football Associations. 26 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "UEFA Champions League Final 2012 ticket sales launched". Union of European Football Associations. 29 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ambassador: Paul Breitner". Union of European Football Associations. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Olympiapark to stage UEFA Champions Festival". Union of European Football Associations. 24 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Official public screening of Champions League final". Union of European Football Associations. 27 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Uefa to sell 65,000 new Munich stadium tickets for Bayern-Chelsea". Sporting Intelligence. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Second public screening planned on Theresienwiese". Focus Online. 5 May 2012. 
  21. ^ Zuvela, Matt (25 April 2012). "Bayern in Champions League final after Madrid thriller".  
  22. ^ Haupt, Florian (25 April 2012). "Schock für Barcelona, Triumph und Tragödie für Chelsea".  
  23. ^ "Uefa stands by yellow cards rules for Champions League". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "Ivanovic had no idea he could miss final".  
  25. ^ "John Terry can lift Champions League trophy if Chelsea win final". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 April 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  26. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2011/12" (PDF). Nyon: Union of European Football Associations. March 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  27. ^ a b "Team statistics". Union of European Football Associations. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 


See also


UEFA Man of the Match:
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)[1]
Fans' Man of the Match:
Petr Čech (Chelsea)[2]
Assistant referees:
Bertino Miranda (Portugal)
Ricardo Santos (Portugal)
Fourth official:
Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
Additional assistant referees:
Manuel De Sousa (Portugal)
Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

Match rules[26]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 21 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 17 Jérôme Boateng
CB 44 Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
LB 26 Diego Contento
DM 31 Bastian Schweinsteiger Booked 2'
DM 39 Toni Kroos
RW 10 Arjen Robben
AM 25 Thomas Müller Substituted off 87'
LW 7 Franck Ribéry Substituted off 97'
CF 33 Mario Gómez
GK 22 Hans-Jörg Butt
DF 5 Daniel Van Buyten Substituted in 87'
DF 13 Rafinha
MF 14 Takashi Usami
MF 23 Danijel Pranjić
FW 9 Nils Petersen
FW 11 Ivica Olić Substituted in 97'
Jupp Heynckes
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 17 José Bosingwa
CB 4 David Luiz Booked 86'
CB 24 Gary Cahill
LB 3 Ashley Cole Booked 81'
DM 12 Mikel John Obi
CM 8 Frank Lampard (c)
RW 21 Salomon Kalou Substituted off 84'
AM 10 Juan Mata
LW 34 Ryan Bertrand Substituted off 73'
CF 11 Didier Drogba Booked 93'
GK 22 Ross Turnbull
DF 19 Paulo Ferreira
MF 5 Michael Essien
MF 6 Oriol Romeu
MF 15 Florent Malouda Substituted in 73'
FW 23 Daniel Sturridge
FW 9 Fernando Torres Booked 120' Substituted in 84'
Roberto Di Matteo
Bayern Munich[5]
19 May 2012
20:45 CEST
Bayern Munich 1–1 (a.e.t.) Chelsea
Müller Goal 83' Report Drogba Goal 88'
Lahm Penalty scored
Gómez Penalty scored
Neuer Penalty scored
Olić Penalty missed
Schweinsteiger Penalty missed
3–4 Penalty missed Mata
Penalty scored David Luiz
Penalty scored Lampard
Penalty scored Cole
Penalty scored Drogba
Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 62,500[4]
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)


A penalty shoot-out decided the game. Lahm went first and put the ball to Čech's left. Čech got his fingertips to the ball but was unable to keep it out. Mata took Chelsea's first penalty and his weak shot was saved by Neuer. Next was Gómez, who drilled his shot into the bottom right corner. David Luiz took Chelsea's second penalty and buried it in the top corner. Goalkeeper Neuer took Bayern's third penalty. Čech guessed correctly but Neuer's low shot crept past him into the bottom left corner. Lampard was next and he smashed it up the middle. Olić was next, but Čech saved to his left. Ashley Cole put his kick into the far right corner just out of Neuer's reach, leveling the scores at 3-3 and hastening sudden death. Schweinsteiger took Bayern's next penalty, but his effort was tipped onto the post by Cech, leaving Chelsea one kick away from winning the trophy. Didier Drogba sent Neuer the wrong way and put his kick into the bottom left corner to win it for Chelsea. It proved to be his final kick as a Chelsea player until his return in 2014.

Chelsea received the trophy from UEFA President Michel Platini.

Bayern Munich had control for most of the match, with Robben having the best chance, which Čech deflected onto the frame of the goal with his legs. Chelsea, however, also had chances, with Kalou nearly finishing at the near post. Bayern kept pushing Chelsea to the limit but missed sitters from Gómez, who sent his shot over the bar; and Robben, who was blocked at the last second by Gary Cahill. Bayern took the lead in the 83rd minute, when Toni Kroos crossed in to Müller, who headed the ball down into the ground, causing it to bounce over Čech and in off the crossbar. Bayern took Müller off and replaced him with Daniel Van Buyten in an attempt to shore up the defence, but on 88 minutes Didier Drogba was first to a Juan Mata corner and powered a header past Neuer for the equaliser. Chelsea won a free kick just outside the area in the 93rd minute, but Drogba smashed it over. The game went to extra time. The first good chance of extra time was when Olić inside the box passed to Gómez but his shot was wide. Later, Drogba fouled Ribery in the box, injuring him and earning Bayern a penalty. Robben's shot was weak and kept out by Čech. In the second half of extra time, Olic attempted to set up van Buyten instead of taking a shot and the ball rolled wide of Čech's far post.

David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, José Manuel Barroso, François Hollande and others watch the penalty shoot-out. The faces of Cameron (United Kingdom), Obama (United States) and Merkel (Germany) reflect the outcome of the match, which was won by Chelsea on penalties.

Match summary

Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole would join Carlos Mozer as the only players to score in penalty shoot-outs in two European Cup/Champions League finals. Mozer had scored for Benfica in 1988 and for Marseille in 1991, losing both times.

Only two of the 36 players had previously been in a winning squad in a Champions League Final: Chelsea's Paulo Ferreira and José Bosingwa were in the Porto squad in 2004. Ten of the Bayern 18 had earlier been in their squad that lost the 2010 final, although only four started both games: Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller. Eight of the Chelsea squad had been in their losing 2008 squad, including four who started both games: Petr Čech, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

Both clubs had players missing due to suspensions; Bayern were missing David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo, while Chelsea were without Branislav Ivanović, Raul Meireles, Ramires and John Terry.[21][22] John Terry was suspended after being red-carded in the semi-final, which automatically excludes a player from the final. The other six all received yellow cards in the semi-finals, which took them over the limit of a third yellow card of the competition, which triggers an automatic suspension from the next match. Players union FIFPro appealed to UEFA to allow the players with yellow cards to play, seeing the punishment of "missing the match of your life" as too harsh; UEFA rejected the appeal and stated the rule would not be reviewed for at least three years.[23] Ivanović stated how he "had no idea [he] was one booking away from missing the Champions League final."[24] UEFA confirmed that Chelsea captain Terry would be allowed to lift the trophy should Chelsea win, in spite of his suspension.[25]

Didier Drogba scored the equalising goal and the winning penalty.

Team selection


The UEFA Champions Festival was held at Munich's Olympiapark from 16–19 May.[17] An official public screening of the final took place at the Olympiastadion during the match,[18] with capacity for 65,000 fans, including a section for Chelsea supporters.[19] A second public screening was planned on the Theresienwiese, where the famous Oktoberfest takes place.[20]

Festival and live screenings

Former German player Paul Breitner was named as the ambassador for the final.[16]


The two teams each received 17,500 tickets to distribute to their supporters. A further 7,000 tickets were available for sale to fans worldwide via, with prices between €70 and €370. The remaining tickets were allocated to the local organising committee, UEFA's 53 national football associations, and commercial and broadcast partners.[15]



Bayern Munich Round Chelsea
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Zürich 3–0 2–0 (H) 1–0 (A) Play-off round Bye
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Villarreal 2–0 (A) Matchday 1 Bayer Leverkusen 2–0 (H)
Manchester City 2–0 (H) Matchday 2 Valencia 1–1 (A)
Napoli 1–1 (A) Matchday 3 Genk 5–0 (H)
Napoli 3–2 (H) Matchday 4 Genk 1–1 (A)
Villarreal 3–1 (H) Matchday 5 Bayer Leverkusen 1–2 (A)
Manchester City 0–2 (A) Matchday 6 Valencia 3–0 (H)
Group A winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Bayern Munich 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13
Napoli 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11
Manchester City 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
Villarreal 6 0 0 6 2 14 −12 0
Final standings Group E winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Chelsea 6 3 2 1 13 4 +9 11
Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 8 8 0 10
Valencia 6 2 2 2 12 7 +5 8
Genk 6 0 3 3 2 16 −14 3
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Basel 7–1 0–1 (A) 7–0 (H) Round of 16 Napoli 5–4 1–3 (A) 4–1 (a.e.t.) (H)
Marseille 4–0 2–0 (A) 2–0 (H) Quarter-finals Benfica 3–1 1–0 (A) 2–1 (H)
Real Madrid 3–3 (3–1 p) 2–1 (H) 1–2 (a.e.t.) (A) Semi-finals Barcelona 3–2 1–0 (H) 2–2 (A)

Road to final

The match marked the fourth time that a team had played at their home ground in the history of the European Cup, after 1957, 1965 and 1984, and the first time since the tournament was rebranded to the UEFA Champions League. For this reason, fans of Bayern Munich called the match "Finale dahoam" (Bavarian for "final at home"). This was the first time since 2007 that neither of the participants were champions of their domestic league. This was the sixth time that an English side and a German side had met in a European Cup/Champions League final; the other occasions were 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1999. It was also Bayern's fourth time facing an English side in the European Cup/Champions League final, having won in 1975 vs. Leeds United and lost in 1982 vs. Aston Villa and 1999 to Manchester United.

Both clubs lost their most recent Champions League final, Bayern in 2010 to Internazionale 0–2, Chelsea in 2008 to Manchester United on penalties after a 1–1 draw. While that was Chelsea's only Champions League final, Bayern have played in eight Champions League/European Cup finals, winning four (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001) and losing four (1982, 1987, 1999 and 2010). They have only met each other once in Europe before, with Chelsea winning 6–5 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League.[14]

Both teams reached the final having already lost out in their domestic leagues (the Bundesliga and Premier League respectively), but having also reached the final of their domestic cup competitions (the DFB-Pokal and FA Cup respectively), to be played prior to the Champions League Final. Chelsea won the FA Cup by defeating Liverpool 2–1,[12] while Bayern lost the Final of the DFB-Pokal 2–5 to Borussia Dortmund.[13]

To reach the final, in the knockout phase Bayern defeated Basel, Marseille, and Real Madrid (3–1 on penalties after a 3–3 aggregate score),[10] while Chelsea overcame Napoli, Benfica, and the defending champions Barcelona (3–2 on aggregate).[11]


During the match, the stadium was illuminated in green and turquoise to represent the official UEFA emblem of the Munich final, as the outer shell of the Allianz Arena can change colour.[9]

The stadium was hosting its first major European final. The Olympiastadion in Munich, the previous home of Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich, hosted three European Cup finals, in 1979, 1993 and 1997.[7] On each previous occasion, a European Cup final held in Munich had produced a first-time winner of the competition (Nottingham Forest, Olympique Marseille and Borussia Dortmund).[8]

including the opening match. 2006 FIFA World Cup, and was used for six matches at the 1860 Munich The stadium, which opened in 2005, is the home stadium of both Bayern Munich and [6]

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