The final is scheduled to be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 21 May 2008, 19:45 BST where Manchester United will play against Chelsea, making it an all-English club final for the first time in the history of the European Cup.
2007–08 marks the first season in the competition’s history that four teams from the same country have reached the quarter-final stage, following the progression of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United into the final stages.
Chelsea reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history.
For the first time in Champions League history, none of the English teams were eliminated by a non-English team. Arsenal were eliminated by Liverpool, who were eliminated by Chelsea, who will now face Manchester United in the final.
The final between Chelsea and Manchester United is the first all-English final in the history of the European Cup and the third final between two teams from the same country. The others were in 2000(Real Madrid v Valencia, Real Madrid won 3-0 in Paris) and 2003(Juventus v AC Milan, AC Milan won in the penalty shoot-out in Old Trafford, Manchester).
There may still be more than 48 hours to go until the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League final gets under way at the Luzhniki Stadium but excitement in Moscow is already fast approaching fever pitch as the city welcomes the European Champion Clubs' Cup showpiece for the first time.
Forty years after Manchester United FC first lifted the European Champion Clubs' Cup, Sir Alex Ferguson has taken the English giants to the brink of a third triumph thanks to an unbeaten campaign that has been founded on defensive solidity and the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tévez may catch the eye with their glittering attacking talent, but the likes of Giggs and Scholes as the reserves of experience within United's squad are just as priceless. Without mining that rich seam of knowledge, Sir Alex Ferguson would be unable to fire a challenge for glory which culminates in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea FC.
Manager Avram Grant's first priority will be to make sure captain John Terry and striker Didier Drogba are fit. Terry dislocated his elbow against Bolton while Ivorian Drogba suffered a knee injury.
As if the memory of losing a UEFA Champions League final were not painful enough, Ashley Cole is offered regular reminders of that dramatic night two years ago by one of his own team-mates. Then at Arsenal FC, Cole was 14 minutes away from claiming
Europe's top club prize when Samuel Eto'o struck FC Barcelona's equaliser. The dream quickly transformed into a nightmare when, five minutes later, Juliano Belletti crashed in the winner.
Cole and Belletti have since become team-mates at Stamford Bridge, and as Wednesday's showdown with Manchester United FC grows nearer, the subject of the 2005/06 final has been frequently aired on the Chelsea FC training ground.
United may have an extra spring in their step entering the Luzhniki Stadium, but Chelsea were the last side to beat them, at Stamford Bridge on 26 April.
Slovakia's Ľuboš Micheľ will referee the UEFA Champions League final and will be assisted by countrymen Roman Slysko (34) and Martin Balko (36) with another Slovakian, Vladimir Hrinak, acting as the fourth official.
Possible line up would be:
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand(c), Evra, Carrick, Ronaldo, Scholes, Hargreaves, Tevez, Rooney.
Chelsea: Cech, Essien, Terry(c), Carvalho, A.Cole, Ballack, Makele, Lampard, J.Cole, Malouda, Drogba
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