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2012 Champions League Final, Bayern Munich vs Chelsea: Open Thread

drogba1 2012 Champions League Final, Bayern Munich vs Chelsea: Open Thread

The time has arrived for the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich — the traditional end to the 2011-12 season. Be sure you know where to watch Chelsea against Bayern Munich on TV. And don’t forget to read our Champions League Final preview, as well as listening to the Champions League Final preview podcast.

FOX 
Soccer 
lead 
studio 
host, 
Rob 
Stone, 
on 
whether 
Bayern 
Munich 
is 
a 
heavy
 favorite 
playing
 at 
home:

“Without 
a 
doubt 
Bayern 
Munich 
is 
the 
favorite.
 They 
would 
have 
been
 the 
favorite 
even
 if 
the
 game
 was
 held
 at 
a 
neutral 
site. 
With 
the 
form
 that 
Bayern 
Munich 
is in,
 and
 the 
offensive
 capability 
that
 they 
have,
 and
 with 
the 
suspensions 
that 
are 
hitting 
a 
majority 
of 
the
 Chelsea
 starting 
players, 
it 
is 
beyond
 fair 
to 
say 
that 
Bayern
Munich 
is 
the 
favorite.”

FOX
 Soccer 
analyst 
and 
former
 U.S.
 Men’s
 National 
Team
 striker, 
Eric 
Wynalda,
 on
 the
 match up:

“They 
are 
both 
very 
good 
teams,
 but 
it
 will 
be 
a 
different
 cast
 of 
characters 
in 
Munich 
for
 Chelsea 
because
 of 
the 
suspensions
 of 
several 
players.
 That
 said,
 [Chelsea] 
is
 riding
 the
 excitement
 of
 a 
FA 
Cup
 win
 and
 that
 will
 help.
 On 
paper 
right
 now,
 with 
the 
suspensions 
that
 both 
teams
 have, 
it’s 
going
 to
 be
 a 
very
 offensive 
game.
Regardless,
 it’s 
going
 to
 be
 a 
great 
game
 and 
either
 way
 there 
are 
going
 to
 be 
a
lot 
of 
goals
 in
 this 
one.”

FOX
 Soccer 
analyst 
and 
former 
Newcastle 
United
 defender 
Warren 
Barton 
on 
the 
game’s
 most
 impactful 
player:

“For
 me
 it’s 
Didier
 Drogba. 
I’ve 
played 
with 
people 
like 
Les
 Ferdinand
 and
 Alan
 Shearer, 
and
 Drogba
 is 
my
 type
 of
 striker.
 There
 are 
others
 more 
technically 
gifted,
but 
all 
day
 long
 I’ll
 take
 Drogba.
 He’s 
big, 
physical 
and 
fast,
 and
 he 
knows
 his
 way 
around
 the 
goal.”

Starting lineups:

Chelsea team: Cech; Bosingwa, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Kalou, Mata, Bertrand; Drogba

Bayern Munich: Neuer – Lahm, Tymoshchuk, Boateng, Contento – Schweinsteiger, Kroos – Robben, Müller, Ribery – Gomez

Before, during and after today’s Champions League Final, use the open thread below to share your questions, observations, rants and raves.

Plus, feel free to include your analysis and opinions about the way your local broadcaster is televising the game, whether it’s FOX, Sky Sports, ITV or Sportsnet.

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83 Responses to 2012 Champions League Final, Bayern Munich vs Chelsea: Open Thread

  1. Guy says:

    Well, for starters, how ’bout if Rob looks up the definition of “majority”. ;-)

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Hats off to FOX Soccer. Good Champions League pre-match coverage from the 1-2pm ET hour on FOX Soccer. They’ve come a long way in a short amount of time. Friedel, Wynalda and Barton work well together.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  3. Alex Wolcott says:

    Time to tee up the “Great Escape” song and (even better) the Business’ “England 5, Germany 1.”

    We’re all Chelsea fans today!

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Where did Warren Barton go? FOX should have left him on the panel.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • The Gaffer says:

      Ok Barton is on the pitch as a sideline reporter. Better atmosphere than that dark studio anyway.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  5. jtm371 says:

    sorry alex not rooting for the russian mafia today Bayern 4/1.

  6. The Gaffer says:

    Looks weird to see Martin Tyler and Gary Neville holding the FOX Sports mics!

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  7. Roger says:

    Watching some feed with Sky Sport pre game before tuning to FOX for kick off. I am guessing they keep bringing Curt Menefee to have some closure to the NFL fans tuned to watch, pretty sure FSC crew is enough?

  8. Mufc77 says:

    Thank god we don’t have to listen to Keith costigan in studio. from the little I’ve seen of hi
    I’d take brad friedel over Costigan and McBride all day long.

  9. Mufc77 says:

    17000 tickets for each team in a 70,000+ stadium is a disgrace

    • Paul says:

      “Football Family”, come first… real paying fans last with the left overs as is usual no matter what competition it is. The smell of corruption hey.

  10. dano328 says:

    If Chelsea win, does Arsenal have to play a qualifier next year? I’ve heard this answered both ways by various journalist.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Arsenal go directly into the group stage no matter what happens today. If Chelsea wins, they’ll go into the group stage, too.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  11. Mufc77 says:

    Prediction bayern win it 3-1

  12. Mufc77 says:

    I’ve noticed players now covering their moths when talking now, at least they learned something from JT mistake.

  13. dano328 says:

    Bayern look dangerous. Chelsea will have to make the most of the few chances they will get, just like in the Semis.

  14. The Gaffer says:

    Chelsea is giving Arjen Robben too much space when he’s outside the box, near the left wing. No one is marking him there, presumably because Bertrand has been told to stick to Chelsea’s left wing (where Robben usually runs down it).

    It’d be nice to see Chelsea hold on to the ball a bit instead of kick-n-rush.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  15. Matt says:

    Anyone else just have their feed get really choppy and then change to a different commentary crew?

    • The Gaffer says:

      Yep, same here Matt. Looks like FOX has switched the feed from Sky Sports to the international/world feed. Better picture and sound quality. Smart move by FOX.

      Anyone know who the new commentators are that we’re listening to?

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • The Gaffer says:

        And FOX has reverted back to the Sky Sports feed again. Hopefully Sky has fixed the audio/picture problems.

        Cheers,
        The Gaffer

    • Seminole Gunner says:

      Yeah, guessing the SKY feed was giving them issues so they switched to the English UEFA feed.

      There have been so many issues for FOX since they got the CL.

    • San Franciscan says:

      Got it here in the Bay Area. But they’re back now.

  16. Roger says:

    They changed to the official UEFA feed, I guess they lost their Sky feed there.

    …Back now.

  17. Dust says:

    C’mon Bayern don’t waste those opportunities, it could be 3-0 finish for gods sake! Chelsea holding on for dear life!

  18. BA14 says:

    I like how Chelsea played the last 10 minutes or so of the first half. They looked more theatening.

  19. CH says:

    You can tell that Tyler & Neville haven’t watched too much Mario Gomez games, everyone knows that he misses at least 5 chances for every 1 he scores. That’s why he isnt starting for Germany.

  20. The Gaffer says:

    Chelsea can’t ride their luck any longer. Sooner or later, Bayern Munich will score.

    I’d like to see Chelsea play the football that we know they’re capable of, spreading the ball around and playing attractive football, instead of counter-attacking all the time.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  21. Asei says:

    Mad props to Chelsea defense though… cant believe bayern still haven’t scored especially with some players Chelsea is missing.

  22. dano328 says:

    75 minutes and Chelsea have gotten some chances and they are fortunate with FCB blowing theirs.

  23. Dust says:

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes !

  24. dano328 says:

    Spurs are happy now. Muller.

  25. The Gaffer says:

    It was bound to happen. Munich score, and now Torres comes on. But it might be too late at this point.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  26. Dust says:

    Hold on Bayern!

  27. jtm371 says:

    glad to see TM get the goal good player tough season.Spurs fans are dancing in the pubs.

  28. Dust says:

    Dirty Chelski

  29. Asei says:

    Here we go… Can Torres pull it off AGAIN???

  30. jtm371 says:

    i did not mean to highlight not sure how it happened.

  31. huhe888 says:

    Tyler: Drogbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Neville: Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  32. dano328 says:

    Neville had another OG

  33. The Gaffer says:

    WTF?? Gary Neville let out an orgasmic moan in his commentary again?

    Incredible header by Drogba though.

    Now, let’s hope Chelsea decides to attack, attack and attack.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  34. jtm371 says:

    WOW Spurs fans just stopped dancing.

  35. Andrei says:

    I must say Drogba is the best big match player in the world.

  36. Guy says:

    Nice play by Muller, but Chech looked awfully slow on the reaction.

    Didier!!!!!!!

  37. Asei says:

    Keep going chelsea!!!! We believe!!!!

  38. Dust says:

    Unbelievable, chelski have been terrible!

  39. Clampdown says:

    They should have just skipped the first 80 minutes of this match.

  40. dano328 says:

    For the neural, we couldn’t have had a better finish. Hope someone gets a goal instead of a shoot out.

  41. Guy says:

    Just another reason to love the sport! :-)

  42. CH says:

    Robben certified choke artist. World Cup 2010, bundesliga this year + champions league this year

  43. Andrei says:

    David Luiz is a lucky boy imo

  44. Asei says:

    Did he just…? Bahahaha! I cant believe what I’m seeing right now!!! What a game!

  45. The Gaffer says:

    Arjen Robben picked the same corner for the penalty that he did against Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup Final. Way to do your homework Cech!

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  46. The Gaffer says:

    Didier Drogba is like a one-man team. Scoring, giving a penalty to Bayern, and then defending bravely near the end of the first half of extra time.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  47. Dust says:

    39 shots to 9 for Bayern, wtf, while chelski haven’t played like winners, they look like hey will win, there is something else in the stadium, where the F are the ghostbusters when you need hem?

  48. Guy says:

    Has Friedel always sounded so English? He’s been there a long time. Just an observation, not a criticism.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Only since he moved to England and joined Liverpool, where he picked up a scouse/American accent. Before that, during MLS, he sounded American. But he’s lived in England for 15 years.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  49. Dust says:

    Chelsea will win on penalties, it’s that kind of game, no matter howcrap they have been they will unfortunately win.

  50. The Gaffer says:

    Penalties — Germany vs England. Ugh!

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  51. Matt says:

    No matter the outcome, you’ve got to give credit to the Chelsea back line. Luiz, Cahill and Cole blocked shot after shot, and Bosingwa wasn’t even his typically atrocious self. I must say, I have enjoyed it as a neutral.

    Now on to penalties

  52. Dust says:

    Congratulations Chelski

  53. Andrei says:

    Drogba wins it for Chelsea. How fitting…

  54. Guy says:

    No other sport like it!!!!!!! :-)

  55. Asei says:

    What a season for EPL this season. Congrats Chelsea!

    • CH says:

      Hopefully the english players make their penalties next month. Im tired of seeing them do this in the CL and then choke in the WC and EC. Those were excellent penalties by Lampard & Cole. They better do the same next month!

      • Andyb says:

        Hopefully they don’t even have the chance to take penalties… by going out in the group stage.

      • Asei says:

        I couldn’t agree more. I never understood why England under-perform so much in the WC and EC. They are a world-class team and they should do a lot better than what the history shows us. Hopefully, they can ride this momentum and draw out some good results this summer.

  56. Roger says:

    Really happy for Drogba there, nice way to end it.

    Very much like very Barcelona match, chance after chance but just couldn’t get it done and of course the penalty miss in extra time to likely win it.
    Can’t forget about Cech who was no doubt their best player in this Champions League run.

    Sucks for Tottenham, gotta settle with Europa League.

  57. jtm371 says:

    Good on you Chelsea fans big time heart from your side.Spurs fans that was a bad beat this year 4th was not good enough.

    Now what will Roman do? will he low ball DiMatteo on the salary or just give him a couple of years as the ball turns stay tuned.

  58. BA14 says:

    Kind of sucks that they make these guys walk all that way to get a medal.

  59. Alex Wolcott says:

    Good to see that silverware coming back to England! Sorry SPurs fans, but I have to like it any time an EPL side wipes out both UEFAlona and Munich.

  60. Guy says:

    Somebody doesn’t like my standard poodle? TOUGH! :-D

  61. josedulce says:

    Tottenham has only themselves to blame, and I’m a fan. After Arsenal was drawn by Norwich at the Emirates on the next-to-last weekend of the season, Tottenham controlled their own destiny to get third place and promptly got held by Aston Villa.

    Now the piper has to be paid … can Spurs keep Bale and Modric in the fold now that they’ve played in Champions League and now will play their second consecutive season on the outside looking in.

  62. josedulce says:

    I also wonder … what does this do for the chances of a Chelsea overhaul? This team peaked in 2008-10 and is getting nothing but older, even though they did take home the big trophy today. Will Abromovich try to keep the old guard somewhat intact or will he bite the bullet and try to get younger>

    • gillyrosh says:

      I had the same thought. The hard questions that were there before this resurgence are still there.

  63. NotTheNoob says:

    So who is the Chelsea supporter that tossed the beach ball on the pitch?

    http://youtu.be/b78jeMXAtEg

  64. NotTheNoob says:

    sorry for the bad link…. here is the link to see the beach ball suspect…

    http://youtu.be/nx0URmqyYlw

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