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.



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 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: 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: 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'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
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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. 


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.

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 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 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.



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


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


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

Best signing


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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Paul Pogba: The genius at the heart of Juventus’ return to the top

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Paul Pogba's strength and speed make him a central cog in the Juventus attack.

There is little doubt that Paul Pogba is one of the most highly coveted stars in football, the game’s biggest players and clubs repeatedly expressing their admiration for his ability. Transfer chatter has continually grown and there is talk that it would take world record fee to prise the midfielder away from Juventus this summer. He may be at the centre of rumours linking him with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, but his focus is on helping his current club defeat Barcelona this Saturday, while that aforementioned trio can only watch the Champions League Final and dream of what might have been.

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Pogba’s rise since arriving at Juve back in August 2012 has been like simply sensational, going from being an under-utilised and frustrated member of the Manchester United reserves to a central figure at Italy’s most storied club. His poor relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson has been well-documented, prompting the player to run down his contract and move on a free transfer, the English giants receiving only minimal compensation in return.

“After just a few training sessions we saw how good he was,” Gigi Buffon said of the 22 year old recently, adding that he had “never seen a player who is so good at his age, he is so strong, so technically gifted, has exceptional all-round play.” That ability has been on display since Antonio Conte handed Pogba his Juventus debut just a month after he swapped Old Trafford for Turin. His first goal would come just a week later, and by the end of the season he had established himself as a regular in the starting XI, the club comfortably securing another league title.

That would be impressive enough, but that he did so in a team which had gone undefeated in the previous campaign, boasting the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in midfield only serves to make his impact even greater. Since then he has only grown in importance to La Vecchia Signora, blossoming into a complete player, contributing in almost every facet of the game as he displays the talent Buffon recognised in those early days.

Pogba has made 128 in those famous black and white stripes, netting 24 goals, with his long-range efforts quickly becoming his calling card. Known locally as a “Pog-Boom,” those shots have seen some excellent goalkeepers rendered mere bystanders as the ball flies from his right boot with both incredible force and deadly accuracy.

Yet there is so much more to his game than those lethal strikes, possessing a wonderful first touch and superb skill once the ball is under his control. Able to leave embarrassed defenders in his wake, Pogba is blessed with both the speed and strength to keep them at bay, making him a vital weapon in the Juve attack. Alongside Carlos Tevez, Álvaro Morata and Vidal, the French international allows the Bianconeri to hunt down the ball and then quickly transition from defence to attack.

That has been a vital part of the team’s play under Max Allegri this season, central to their march to the Champions League final and particularly evident in their 5-1 demolition of Borussia Dortmund in the Last Sixteen. In the first leg he was arguably Juve’s best player, putting on a display which encapsulated everything he has become; Pogba was defensively sound, intelligent on the ball and bagged a crucial assist for Morata’s decisive goal.

He would repeat that feat at the Bernabéu in the semi-final, winning a header which once again found the Spanish striker who made no mistake from twelve yards out against his former club. That was enough to clinch their place in the final, and with a domestic double already secure, Pogba and Juventus travel to Berlin in search of an historic treble.

Like their young star, the Old Lady has progressed over their time together, winning the Scudetto in each of his three seasons while last year’s Europa League Semi Final loss followed a Champions League exit at the Quarter Final stage in his debut campaign. Yet it has not all been smooth sailing, Pogba receiving surprising criticism from his coach this past weekend after he believed the Paris-born midfielder was guilty of over-elaborate play in Juve’s game away to Hellas Verona.

“He’s very talented, but when his concentration drops then he can make technical errors,” Allegri told reporters after the 2-2 draw. “This is part of his growth process and he should stop showboating in midfield,” the former Milan boss added, but the player showed incredible maturity when asked about those comments by Sport 360. “I take it as advice,” Pogba told us, going on to say that “what the coach is saying is the truth so I have to keep that focus for 90 minutes.”

Looking to ignore those endless transfer rumours, his attention is now fully on Saturday’s final against a highly favoured opponent, but Pogba believes the Bianconeri can overcome the odds to beat Lionel Messi and co. in the most prestigious match on the European calendar. “To beat Barca we need a little luck, but in a final you never know,” he said at a media event on Monday, “a red card or a penalty might change history.”

Indeed it might, and just as they did Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane before him, it would be fitting if Juventus emerged triumphant thanks to France’s latest superstar.

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