Founder of FootballFanCast.com and FootballTransferTavern.com Niall Coen attended the Champions League Final as a guest of the good people at Heineken. Given unfettered access and an opportunity to mingle with the great and the good we have some exclusive behind the scenes photos from the game and the Heineken after party.
The decision to switch the match to a Saturday evening, seen as risky by some, was fully justified as both sets of supporters rocked the Bernabeu from the first minute to the last. Mourinho has now written his place in history, if he hadn’t done that already – what a great parting gift for the Inter Fans!
The final was a fabulous spectacle. The well-drilled and skilful Inter Milan side was just too strong for Bayern Munich and the Italian Serie A champions deservedly triumphed 2-0. The man of the moment was definitely Diego Milito, the Argentinean forward netting twice in the final and putting his name in the history books. Louis van Gaal’s Munich side had chances of their own but The Special One wasn’t to be denied and collected the second Champions League trophy of his managerial career and helped Inter to their first European Cup triumph for over forty years.
Real Madrid’s stadium the Santiago Benabeu was a fanastic venue for the 2010 final and over 80,000 football fans were packed into the stadium, with millions more watching on TV. The 2011 Champions League final will be played at Wembley Stadium, where Inter will be looking to defend their title, a Premier League team will be desperate to win the trophy on home soil, but maybe Mourinho can win back-to-back titles and lead Real Madrid to long-awaited success. Whoever is in the final I’m sure London will be equally as good a backdrop. Check out our exclusive behind the scenes Champions League gallery from Madrid below…