Five things to know about the Champions League final

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Juventus and Barcelona go head to head for the UCL crown.

From the competition's history to its most prolific winners, our friends at CNN give the lowdown on the UEFA Champions League final ahead of Juventus vs Barcelona in Berlin on Saturday. 

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Where to watch Champions League final in the UAE

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The best places in the United Arab Emirates to watch Barcelona take on Juventus.

On Saturday, June 6 in Berlin, Juventus take on Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final – the most highly anticipated match of the football season. 
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There’s no better feeling than watching the big match live with your friends and fellow supporters, but where will be the best place to see the final in the UAE? 

Sport360 supply the 10 best options (in no particular order) in the UAE to make this a night to remember. Kick off is at 22:45 GST.

Dubai  

GARDEN ON 8

Garden on 8.

Where: Media One Hotel – in Dubai Media City.
Promotions: Half-time competitions. enjoy AED 30 per drink deal from 5 – 7pm. Fan rating competition with Valora Futbol.
Contact details: 04271000 / Click here to book table online
Social media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

A quirky, casual bar above the city serving wholesome, healthy food with an extensive variety of beverages; providing a fun retreat to socialise with friends. There is a large screen to view the final and to make this night even more special, you can win a FREE TABLE FOR 8 with food and drink included by entering a competition here

ZERO GRAVITY

Zero Gravity for last year's World Cup

Where: Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Media City
Promotions: Free beverage if you arrive before 9pm and special UCL menu.
Contact details: 043990009 / Click here for website
Social media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Zero Gravity was one of Dubai’s go-to spots for last year’s World Cup. UAE football fans will be pleased to know that this tradition is set to continue on Saturday.

The unique indoor/outdoor space will be transformed into the ultimate viewing venue. Fans can expect an array of screens including a giant outdoor LED screen with countless vantage points. There will also be sporting entertainment, a PlayStation gaming zone, prizes and stadium-inspired music to produce an explosive night of entertainment.

SEVILLE’S

Seville's: Barcelona's UAE Fan Club

Where: Pyramids Wafi, Oud Metha District, Dubai.
Promotions: Dhs100 for a bucket of four beverages.
Contact details: 043244100 / Click here to book table online
Social media: Facebook / Twitter 

Seville’s is the home of the UAE FC Barcelona Supporters Club. If you are a fellow supporter of the Catalan side, this would be the ideal place to watch the final.

You can enjoy a relaxed view of the game on a HD wide screen whilst enjoying exclusive offers on the beverages and a Seville’s favourite tapas and regular dishes.

Reminder: If you have a WAFI card, you get 10% of all food and drinks. 

LOUNGE CAFE ITALIANO

Lounge Cafe Italiano: Home for Juventus fans in Dubai

Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Media City.
Contact details: 044533318 / Click here for website
Social media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Lounge Cafe Italiano is the home of Dubai’s Juventus Supporters Club. If you are cheering on the Bianconeri, there’s no better place to take in Saturday’s match. However be warned, if you are not a Juventus fan, you won’t be able to get in!

BARASTI 

Barasti's outdoor tent

Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road – Jumeirah Beach
Promotions: A variety of deals on selected beverages.
Contact details: 043181313 / Click here to see website
Social media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
You don’t have to deal with the hot weather or humidity at Barasti this summer thanks to the reopening of their air-conditioned outdoor tent, which was the place to be for the FIFA World Cup last year. 

It will be opene again for the Champions League final. Make sure you get there early to secure your spot. It’s free to enter and the match will be shown on a gigantic 12×6 metre screen. 

TIME CAFE 

Where: Al Karama, Ramee Royal Hotel, Khalid Bin Walid Road, Al Karama, Dubai
Contact details: 043344088 / Click here for website
Social media: Facebook

Located in the heart of Karama, Time Cafe has 50 plasma TV screens and two video walls making it one of the biggest sport bars in the UAE. This means there won’t be any disappointment with viewing restrictions so you won’t miss any mazy Lionel Messi runs or tantalising Andrea Pirlo free-kicks.

In addition, there is a DJ on after the football for those that want to celebrate the Champions League result with fellow fans.

NEZESAUSSI GRILL

Nezesaussi Grill.

Where: Lobby level of Al Manzil Hotel on Emaar Boulevard, Dubai.
Promotions: Deals on buckets of beverages.
Contact details: 04 428 5888 / Click here to book table online
Social media: Facebook / Twitter

Nezesaussi is a premier spot to watch the final with 19 televisions located around the sports bar and even some screens in the washrooms so you won’t miss a glimpse of the action. 

Flags, jerseys, boots, balls, tro­phies and other memorabilia are scattered around the interior, giving Nezesaus­si a proper sports feel, while the open cooking station adds a dash of modern style. All of this incorporated with deals on popular beverages make it a prime spot on June 6.

Abu Dhabi 

STARS ‘N’ BARS
Stars 'N' Bars is a popular bar on Yas Marina

Where: Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Promotions: Bucket deals all night. Special prizes and giveaways.
Contact details: 043181313 / Click here to see website
Social media: Facebook  / Twitter / Instagram

Stars ‘N’ Bars is a lively hangout which will be extra special for the UEFA Champions League final. Sound City are performing from 19:30 GST so head down early and make the most of both the happy hour and delicious food. 

There will be special prizes to be won and giveaways so it should be an excellent spot to watch the final if you are in the UAE capital on Saturday.

PORTERS PUB

Porters Pub is a popular spot in Abu Dhabi.

Where: Grand Millennium, Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Al Wahda Complex, Abu Dhabi
Promotions: Daily happy hours from 12 noon to midnight
Contact details: 024953936 / Click here for website
Social media: Facebook / Twitter

Porters Pub is an energetic but cozy pub that has a homely feel about it. As you can see above, there is an array of screens and a food menu that will delight all customers that step foot in the Grand Millennium.

Ajman

WORLD CUP SPORTS BAR

The World Cup Sports Bar at the Kempinski Hotel.

Where: Kempinski Hotel, Opposite Ajman Cultural Centre, Al Nakhil 2, Ajman.

Promotions: Happy hour 19.00-21.00 – 30% of selected beverages
Contact details: 067145555 / Click here for website
Social media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Despite the name, The World Cup Sports Bar is the perfect spot to watch the Champions League final if you are in Ajman. It is situated in the impressive Kempinski Hotel and is designed to suit all football fans’ needs. 

Their happy hour begins at 19.00 so head there early to make the most of the deals and secure the best seats in the house in front of the giant screens. The burgers are their speciality so be sure to try them out if this is your chosen destination for the match.

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Bundesliga review: Bayern's third straight title left question marks

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Team of the season: Bayern Munich were utterly superb in this year's Bundesliga.

Another season of Bayern Munich domination, as they swept to a third consecutive league title, but at the same time there was a slightly underwhelming air about their campaign.

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Irrespective of their Champions League challenge once again fizzing out at the semi-final stage, Pep Guardiola’s second term in charge of the Bavarian giants, at times, seemed an uncomfortable one for the Catalan coach. 

Winning the Bundesliga is a par score for any coach of Bayern and, once again, that test was passed with eight games to spare – a new record – which does go some ways to explaining their awful end-of-season form, losing three of their final five games as the focus clearly slipped.

But the nagging question still remains: has Guardiola improved on the foundations laid down by Jupp Heynckes?

Certainly they are too good for the Bundesliga, emphasised by also breaking the record for most the most points accumulated before the winter break, 45.

But the new identity and methods the 44-year-old was supposed to bring don’t seem to have been fully ingrained in the fabric of the team after two seasons in charge. 

Injuries didn’t help with Guardiola losing, at various stages of the season for extended periods, key first-teamers Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

However, that had more effect on their Champions League campaign than it did domestic matters. 

There have also been whisper from within the club of players unhappy with Guardiola’s over-complicated tactical approaches and the DFB Pokal semi-final 
defeat ended any hope of a double, something which symbolically would have gone some way to make up for their European failure.  

That all said, with a goal difference of +62 and a winning margin over second-placed Wolfsburg of 10 points, it only emphasises the sort of intensely high expectations Guardiola is operating under.

Bayern’s traditional rival for the past five years had a disastrous campaign as Dortmund’s form in the first half of the season (four wins from 17) was relegation-worthy and, indeed, in early February BVB found themselves bottom of the Bundesliga. 

A revival, given their quality, was inevitable and Jurgen Klopp deserves credit for finishing the campaign so strongly but with the iconic manager now taking a year out of the game it’s a time for the club to reassess and rebuild under Thomas Tuchel. 

Instead, Bayern’s main foes were Wolfsburg who had the sensational Kevin De Bruyne pulling all the strings and found a regular goalscorer in Dutchman Bas Dost to compete with the best of them. 

Wolfsburg’s points haul of 69 equalled their title-winning campaign of 2008/09, while Dieter Hecking’s men also lost two less games.

It also occurred amid great tragedy for the club as they lost one of the brightest talents in Junior Malanda to a car crash in January, emphasising the fantastic team spirit and togetherness fostered by Hecking at the Volkswagen Arena. 

Providing De Bruyne and Ricardo Rodriguez stay and a few squad refinements are made, that 10 point gap can certainly be closed. 

Wolfsburg’s achievements also slightly stole the thunder of Borussia Monchengladbach who enjoyed their best season since their heyday of the 1970s, finishing third and claiming the third automatic Champions League place, qualifying for the European Cup for the first time in almost 40 years. 

Lucien Favre remains one of the league’s best coaches and is building a seriously strong outfit.

Bayer Leverkusen under Roger Schmidt were, at one stage, probably the best side to watch in Europe before the manager realised having to score three times a game won’t always guarantee success.

Schalke, like rivals Dortmund, also endured a bitterly disappointing season, going through coaches Jens Keller and Roberto Di Matteo and having to sack stars Kevin Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam amid chaos in the dressing room. 

Somewhat fittingly, well-run Augsburg were the beneficiaries of the Ruhr rivals failings, taking fifth for the club’s highest ever finish. 

While at the bottom a thrilling relegation battle saw Paderborn and Freiburg relegated on the final day of the season while Hamburg stayed up by their skin of their teeth yet again.

Player of the year

KEVIN DE BRUYNE

The Belgian was breathtakingly brilliant, finishing with 10 Bundesliga goals and 20 assists. At the heart of everything Wolfsburg did offensively and represents a throwback to the golden age of playmakers.

Young player of the year

JOHANNES GEIS

Mainz’s 21-year old holding midfielder looks set to join Dortmund after a fine year.

Best signing

HAKAN CALHANOGLU

The Turkish No10 was by no means cheap – costing €14.5m from Hamburg – but at 21, with some outrageous ability, including his stunning set-pieces, he’s already worth double that figure.

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