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28 May, 2011

Champions League Final 2011

Barcelona v. Manchester United

Pep v. SAF
Evil v. Eviler
La Liga v. EPL

Whatever you want to call it, we can't fault either team for the hype of this matchup. 1st place in Spain versus 1st place in England...

At 1:45pm CST today, on Fox, not FSC, but a primetime channel we're talking here, the two will match up at Wembley Stadium.

Barcelona defeated Real Madrid, Shaktar, and Arsenal in the knockout stages to get here. None are pushovers.

Man U came away with wins against Olympique Marsailles, EPL runner ups Chelsea, and Schalke 04.

So who will win?

Currenly, Barca is the odds on favorite despite Man U having already won the League and an arguably tougher in season schedule. This will be Man U's 3rd Final in 4 years while it is Barca's 3rd in 6.

On a side note, and in perhaps a very telling situation, Blatter is skipping the CL Finals and has also announced that FIFA "thwarted" a match fixing attempt in the UAE... Yeah, we totally think Blatter is all over that stopping corruption thing and the UAE stop totally proves it... (Read HEAVY Sarcasm).

So you want a historical head to head comparison?
GP 10
W 3
L 3
D 4
GF Man U 14
GF Barca 17

Individual results with date, location & attendance:

07/03/84 - @ Barcelona 2 - 0 United - 70,000 (A disappointing night from what I've been told)
21/03/84 - @ United 3 - 0 Barcelona - 58,574 (Robobo leading a storming fight back from the first leg, United winning 3-2 on aggregate)
15/05/91 - @ Feyenoord, United 2 - 1 Barcelona - 50,000 (Mark Hughes' night, two goals)
19/10/94 - @ United 2 - 2 Barcelona - 40,064 (Mark Hughes and Lee Sharpe on target)
02/11/94 - @ Barcelona 4 - 0 United - 114,273 in attendance
16/09/98 - @ United 3 - 3 Barcelona - 53,601
25/11/98 - @ Barcelona 3 - 3 United - 67,648
23/04/08 - @ Barcelona 0 - 0 United - 95,949
29/04/08 - @ United 1 - 0 Barcelona - 75,061 (Scholesey's rocket settling the tie 1-0 on agg)
27/05/09 - @ Stadio Olimpico - United 0 - 2 Barcelona - 62,467

Our prediction? Barca 2 - Man U 1 with both teams looking to attack.

We'll be back later with highlights and opinions.

Photo: UEFA

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