The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final will be the final match of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, the 63rd season of Europe’s premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 26th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs’ Cup to the UEFA Champions League. It will be played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on 26 May 2018,between Spanish side Real Madrid, who had won the competition in each of the last two seasons, and English side Liverpool.
The winners will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup. They will also qualify to enter the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup as the UEFA representative.
Defending champions Real Madrid reached a record 16th final after a 4–3 aggregate win against German side Bayern Munich, knocking them out of the competition for the second consecutive season.
This is Real Madrid’s third consecutive final, and fourth final in five tournaments with an opportunity to win a record 13th title. Previously they won finals in 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016 and 2017; and lost in 1962, 1964 and 1981. This was also their 20th final in all seasonal UEFA competitions, having also played in two Cup Winners’ Cup finals (losing in 1971 and 1983) and two UEFA Cup finals (winning in 1985 and 1986). Real Madrid are only the third team since the competition’s rebranding as the Champions League to reach three consecutive finals after Milan in 1995 and Juventus in 1998. They are looking to be the first team in the Champions League era, and the fourth overall, to win three straight finals, a feat only achieved by the Real Madrid side of the 1950s, as they went on to win a record five successive finals, as well as the Ajax and Bayern Munich squads of the 1970s in 1973 and 1976, respectively.
Liverpool reached their eighth final, their first since 2007, after a 7–6 aggregate win against Italian side Roma. They have won the final on five occasions (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005), and have lost twice (1985 and 2007). This was also their 13th final in UEFA seasonal competitions, having played in one Cup Winners’ Cup final (losing in 1966) and four UEFA Cup/Europa League finals (winning in 1973, 1976 and 2001; and losing in 2016). Liverpool were the first team since Bayern Munich in 2011–12 to reach the final having qualified for the competition through the play-off round. This was also the most recent occasion the final featured an English team (Chelsea). Liverpool were the most recent team to defeat Real Madrid in a European Cup Final, winning 1–0 in Paris in 1981.
Besides the 1981 final, the two teams have played each other four times in the Champions League era. Liverpool won both matches in the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League round of 16, while Real Madrid won both matches in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Event 2017–18 UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid vs Liverpool
Date 26 May 2018
Venue NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev