Champions League Final: Champions League Fast Facts



1. Manchester United have not scored a headed goal in Europe this season. 

2. United's Michael Owen is one of only two players to have scored three hat-tricks in the Champions League. 

3. Bob Paisley’s record for the number of victories by a manager. If United win tomorrow, Sir Alex Ferguson will pull level with him. 

3.1 The average number of goals that have been scored in the last 10 meetings between Manchester United and Barcelona. 

4. This will be Fergie’s fourth Champions League final. 

6. The number of Englishmen to have managed Barcelona, with Bobby Robson being the most recent in 1997. 

8. Number of British teams that took part in this season’s Champions League, including Linfield and TNS. 

9. Occasions on which the final has been decided by penalty shootout. 

11. Lionel Messi’s goalscoring tally, which should see him win the golden boot for the third consecutive season. 

12. Number of times British clubs have won the European Cups, with Liverpool winning five of those. 

14. Number of times the final has been tied after 90 minutes of play. 

19. Number of times British teams have reached the European Cup final. 

20. Number of games since Barcelona failed to score in Europe (they were shut out by Rubin Kazan). 

25. Number of players sent off during this season’s Champions League campaign. 

27. Number of goals Barcelona have scored in this season’s competition - the most by any team, and nine more than their opponents tomorrow. 

31. The number of days after the final that the qualifying rounds for next season’s competition begin (June 28). 

40. Age of Edwin van der Sar, who will become the oldest winner of the competition if United triumph. 

52. The number of seconds that had elapsed when AC Milan's Paolo Maldini scored the final’s fastest ever goal, in 2005. 

76. Number of teams that have played in the Champions League, including the likes of FC Sheriff and HB Torshaven. 

90.9 The percentage of passes Barcelona have completed in their European matches this season. 

135. Appearances United's Ryan Giggs has made in the competition. He is eight short of Raul’s record. 

1103. Most completed passes by one player in this season’s competition, by Barcelona's Xavi. 

1134. Minutes of play that have elapsed since Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov last scored in the Champions League back in October 2008. 

1968. Manchester United won the trophy 43 years ago, when they defeated Benfica 4-1 after extra-time at Wembley. 

1992. The year Barcelona lifted the trophy at Wembley, when they beat Sampdoria 1-0 

2009. Last time Manchester United and Barcelona played each other in the final. The Catalans came out on top. 

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