How Liverpool fans celebrated their victory at Heineken UCL final after party

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At the blast of the final whistle which brought the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League to an end, fans of Liverpool Football Club erupted in volcanic excitement as their team clinched the coveted trophy for the sixth time in their history.

Prior to the final which was held at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Liverpool last won the coveted trophy in 2005 where they beat AC Milan on penalties in the finals at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul after a dramatic comeback from 3 goals down at half-time.

In the 2018/2019 season, Liverpool enjoyed an excellent campaign but winning the Champions League was their only hope of any silverware in a season they were exceptionally good; that hope was almost lost, but for an unprecedented Semi-final comeback to defeat Spanish side, Barcelona by 4-0 goals at Anfield after trailing 0 – 3 from at Camp Nou a fortnight before.

With their confidence now at an all-time high, Liverpool faced an equally pumped up Tottenham side that also qualified ahead of Ajax FC after trailing by a lone goal from a home defeat from the first leg, setting up the all English finals.

A penalty within the first minute of the game served as the perfect start for Liverpool after a low cross by Sadio Mane struck the outstretched arm of Moussa Sissoko inside the 18-yard box. The spot kick converted by Mohammed Salah turned the whole atmosphere at the Heineken House into a frenzy as Liverpool fans vigorously celebrated their early lead. The first half ended with Liverpool at an advantage as both teams battled to take full control of the game.

Halftime performance by Nigerian Rapper, MI Abaga came handy for fans of both clubs and enthusiasts who needed to ease some tension before … Read More...

Music stars and football fans storm Heineken UCL final match viewing

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Champions League sponsors, Heineken hosted an amazing final match viewing at the all-new Heineken House in Lagos for hundreds of fans.

The match viewing which was spiced with a special performance from music star – MI Abaga had fans completely thankful for such an opportunity to experience football frenzy like never before.

Also in attendance were Ace comedian, TeeA, Actor and media personality, Uti Nwachukwu, media personality, Folu Storms, ace sports broadcasterS, Colin Udoh and Chisom Mbonu and CEO Smooth Promotions, Ayo Animashaun amongst others.

For Nigerian football lovers, this season’s UCL has been one to remember, and with all the football excitement fans had already gotten, there was no better way to cap things off than with another form of entertainment Nigerians crave. In one night, the lucky fans got the opportunity to dance to song after song from MI Abaga who coincidentally like Heineken is the Chairman.

This season alone, Heineken has done a trophy tour, bringing the UCL trophy to Nigeria in April; alongside FC Barcelona legend, Carles Puyol, then had a number of match viewings and sponsored 7 fans to watch the second leg of the semi-final – the famous Liverpool Barca game at Anfield. All these gestures were ways of appreciating the fans for a remarkable relationship that has consistently grown over the 20 years that the premium beer brand has been a Champions League sponsor.

At the final match viewing, at the upgraded Heineken House, fans maintained an electric atmosphere cheering their teams and bantering one another.

Ending in a victory for Liverpool FC, The Reds got their sixth Champions League trophy, and the first for their manager, Jurgen Klopp. The huge following of the UEFA Champions League here in Nigeria had most of the fans present split over who … Read More...

UEFA Champions League final: 5 things to expect as Liverpool battle Tottenham

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After months of upsets, drama and nailbiting moments, the European soccer season comes to a climax with the UEFA Champions League final this Saturday, taking place in the city of Madrid.

Last season runners-up, Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspurs in an all-English cracker at the famous Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Tottenham are in their first ever Champions League final while Liverpool are last season’s runners-up and will be hoping to clinch their sixth European title.

Both teams mounted spectacular semi-final comebacks to reach the final, each recovering from three goals down.

While Liverpool won 4-0 in their second leg against Barcelona at Anfield to progress 4-3 on aggregate, Lucas Moura’s second-half hat-trick at the Johan Cruyff Arena gave Spurs a 3-2 victory at Ajax, and an away-goals success.

In terms of head-to-head, Tottenham and Liverpool have met in 170 previous matches across all competitions. However, the Reds have dominated the rivalry, claiming 79 wins compared to 48 for Spurs, while 43 matches have been drawn.

Here we analyze the possible outcomes from this weekend’s UEFA Champions League final.

Sixth European Cup for Liverpool

 Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are bidding to win their sixth European Cup and the first since the unforgettable night in Istanbul in 2005. Should they triumph, Liverpool will go above Bayern Munich and Barcelona on the list of winners, behind only AC Milan with 7 wins and Real Madrid holding 13 wins.

Harry Kane Absence

Tottenham will be without their star player Harry Kane. The England captain has not played since an ankle ligament injury suffered against Manchester City on April 9.  Whether he will be ready to start in a game of such intensity is another matter. Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says it is a decision he is giving a … Read More...

African stars take centre stage at UEFA Champions League final

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The power of African football will be on display on Saturday when Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the UEFA Champions League (UCL), the world’s most prestigious club competition.

Liverpool boast the trio of Egypt’s Mohamed ‘Mo’ Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Cameroon’s Joel Matip, who will lead the charge for what will be the Reds’ sixth victory in the competition and the second since being renamed the UEFA Champions League.

Mane and Salah, who both got 22 Premier League goals, form two-thirds of Liverpool’s dreaded front three, while Matip is the other half of the much-celebrated central defensive partnership with Holland’s Virgil van Dijk.

Salah will hope to banish the hurt suffered in last year’s final, when he suffered a shoulder injury early in the game, a development that affected his performance at the 2018 World Cup with Pharaohs in Russia. The Egyptian superstar has only four goals in 11 Champions League games this season.

Mane, Senegal’s speed and goal demon was impressive in the Premier League. The 27-year old has played 12 Champions League matches, scoring four goals. Matip has risen from a bit-part player to an integral part of the team, which conceded the fewest number of goals in the Premier League, is likely to start the final.

On Spurs’ side will Cote d’Ivoire’s Serge Aurier and Kenya’s Victor Wanyama, who have not been used regularly in the Champions League this season.

The match billed for Atletico Madrid’s 67,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and scheduled for live broadcast on all DStv packages as well as GOtv Max and Plus packages, will see Africa’s biggest soccer exports on both sides.

Aurier, a vastly experienced right-back, has played only five Champions League games, while Wanyama, a defensive midfielder, has been on the … Read More...