All eyes of the soccer world are on one game as the UEFA Champions League, the world’s most-watched elite club soccer competition, crowns its champion. Spanish powerhouses and crosstown rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid square off in the final at Lisbon’s Stadium of Light for the world’s most coveted club prize, live on Saturday, May 24 on FOX at 2:00 PM ET.
Real Madid must win or they will second guessed the entire off season.
Saturday’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, Real are precariously teetering with one foot on the edge of glory and the other on the verge of immense disappointment.
In the high-pressure and extreme environment of the Bernabeu, at the most glamorous and hype-ridden club in the world, there is no middle ground.
Win, and the current Los Blancos crop will be hailed as milestone-marking legends; lose, and they will be castigated as inexcusable failures.
Win, and their poor finish to the league campaign – where they finished third behind Atletico and Barcelona – will be retrospectively excused as a period of physical and mental preparation for an even bigger prize; lose, and it will be condemned as the ill-fated onset of careless sloppiness.
Completing two stunning semifinal victories, both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are riding significant momentum into Lisbon after knocking out last year’s champion Bayern Munich and English giant Chelsea, respectively. Coverage begins with the UEFA Champions League Preview Show on FOX Sports 1 at 1:00 PM ET, which relives the journey of the two remaining teams in the tournament, leading up to the grand all-Spanish finale.
Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda partner again LIVE from Lisbon, along with sideline reporter Georgie Thompson. Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the UEFA Champions League Final from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles with analysts Warren Barton and Brian McBride.
Former FIFA and CONCACAF Match Commissioner Dr. Joe Machnik pitches in to break down the teams and dissect controversial calls. Joining Stone, Barton and McBride for UEFA Champions League Final studio coverage is Tottenham’s star goalkeeper, American Brad Friedel.
The FOX Sports GO app live streams both finals to authenticated online, mobile and tablet devices. Fans can also follow minute-by-minute commentary via the @FOXSoccer and @FOXSoccerTrax Twitter accounts, using #FACuponFOX and #UCLonFOX.
The 2014 UEFA Champions League Final also airs live on FOX Deportes on Saturday, May 24 with coverage beginning at 2:00 PM ET. The network’s on-site commentary team includes John Laguna alongside analysts Mariano Trujillo and Daniel Brailovsky.