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Champions League final: All you need to know

The Champions League final is the biggest match on the European club football calendar and the 2023 showpiece promises to be no different.

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 to lift the trophy in Paris last May and the remaining 16 teams in this season's competition will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Carlo Ancelotti's side - unless Los Blancos go on to defend the title themselves.

WhatChampions League final
WhereAtaturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul
WhenSaturday 10th June 2023
How to WatchBT Sport
OddsMan City 13/8, Bayern Munich 7/1, PSG 9/1, Liverpool 9/1, Real Madrid 12/1

When is the 2023 Champions League final?

The 2023 Champions League final will be contested on Saturday 10th June, slightly later than normal due to the break in the season for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Where is the 2023 Champions League final being held?

Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium will be the venue for the 2023 Champions League final. This will be the second time the stadium has hosted the final, as it was also the setting for Liverpool's stunning comeback success over AC Milan in 2005.

Trailing 3-0 at the break, Liverpool remarkably battled back to level the match at 3-3 before beating their Italian opponents 3-2 on penalties.

The Ataturk Olympic Stadium had been due to host the 2021 final, but that showpiece between Chelsea and Manchester City was relocated to the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.

Can I watch the 2023 Champions League final?

Yes. BT Sport provides coverage of the Champions League in the UK and they will show the final once again in 2023.

In previous years BT have made the final free to air even if you are not a subscriber, an approach that could well be continued this season.

How many times has the Champions League final taken place?

The competition was known as the European Cup for the first 37 years before being rebranded as the Champions League for the 1992/93 season, thus making the 2023 final the 31st in the current format.

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In total there have been 68 European Cup/Champions League finals, with the competition having been held in every year since the 1955/56 campaign when Real Madrid were crowned the first champions after beating Reims 4-3 in the final.

Who has won the Champions League final on the most occasions?

Real Madrid were the winners of the first European Cup and are the current defending champions so it is no surprise they have lifted the famous trophy on the most occasions, with last season's success in Paris proving to be their 14th.

Los Blancos dominated the early years of the competition, lifting the trophy in five successive seasons between 1956-1960, while they have also been the standout team over recent times, claiming five titles across the last nine years.

AC Milan are the next most successful side with seven triumphs to their name, the last of which came in 2007, while Bayern Munich and Liverpool have been crowned European champions six times apiece.

Who are the favourites to win the Champions League?

Despite having never been crowned champions of Europe before, Manchester City are the 13/8 favourites to lift the trophy in 2023, with Pep Guardiola's side having been the nearly team of recent years, reaching three quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final since 2016.

Bayern Munich are 7/1 to clinch Europe's top prize for a seventh time, although they have been pitted against fellow heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16. Like City, PSG have never won the title but they are 9/1 to break their duck this season.

Liverpool have reached the final in three of the last five years and Jurgen Klopp's side are 9/1 to lift the trophy in Istanbul for a second time, but they face old adversaries Real in the round of 16 - the defending champions are 12/1 to retain their crown.

Napoli (12/1), Chelsea (14/1) and Tottenham (16/1) are also considered contenders to lift the Champions League trophy aloft next June, but there are sure to be plenty of twists and turns to come before we learn which team will be the champions.

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