UEFA Champions’ League Final 2012 With Heineken @ GSC Signature, The Gardens

Football fans witnessed the much anticipated UEFA Champions League (UCL) final battle between Chelsea and Bayern Munich with Chelsea bringing home the coveted trophy.

Didier Drogba scored the decisive goal in the penalty shootout beating Bayern Munich after a dramatic 1-1 draw on 19th May 2012. Chelsea got its first Champions League title, four years after losing in a shootout to Manchester United.

For the first time in Malaysia, the match was telecasted in HD (High Definition) in an exclusive event hosted by Heineken at GSC Signature cineplex at The Gardens; transporting fans to the excitement live from the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Aptly called the Heineken Legendary Night, the event was part of Heineken’s ‘Legendary Football’ campaign for the UEFA Champions League 2012 Finale in Munich.

Whole of GSC Signature cineplex lobby had been turned into a party room where bottles of Heineken were served all night and games like foosball and penalty shoot-out simulations.

Proof that I was really right at the GSC Signature lobby waiting to enter the cinema hall. Haha.

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UEFA Champions’ League Final – Barcelona vs Manchester United

On 28th May 2011, the UEFA Champions’ League was first to be held on a Saturday instead of the usual weekday of Wednesday or Thursday..

Went to Sid’s Pub at Bangsar South to watch one of the most memorable football matches so far with my friends..

The match between Barcelona vs Manchester United would be awesome with a capital A..

The starting line-up was as following :

Barcelona

1 Victor Valdés

Man Utd

1 Edwin van der Sar

3 Gerard Piqué 15 Nemanja Vidic
14 Javier Mascherano 5 Rio Ferdinand
22 Eric Abidal 3 Patrice Evra
2 Dani Alves 20 Fabio
16 Sergio Busquets 11 Ryan Giggs
8 Andrés Iniesta 16 Michael Carrick
6 Xavi 13 Park Ji-Sung
7 David Villa 25 Antonio Valencia
10 Lionel Messi 10 Wayne Rooney
17 Pedro 14 Javier Hernández

All photos being used are taken from UEFA Champions’ League Official Website Photo Gallery..


*Starting line-ups*

The match kick-started and everyone was hoping for a good match as it was a match between Spanish champion and English champion at the Wembley Stadium..

Two years ago the two met in the Finals in Rome and Man Utd got whipped by a classy Catalan side but this year, Man Utd is back with a stronger side with stronger mentality..

The first 10-minutes Barca looked shaky as if their good form is jinxed by Man Utd’s good form..


*Gerard Pique challenges Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (white)*

For a moment I thought it would be a disappointing match because Barca had been making mistakes and shitty passes, very different from the passing-experts of Xavi and Iniesta..

Man Utd have been making waves of attacks and Barca looked pretty weak..I was dumbfounded..


*Park Ji-sung challenges Lionel Messi*

Fortunately, after about 15-minutes, Barca fine tuned their passes and they finally played the game on par with Man Utd, with their usual slick passes..

If that’s not enough, Pedro slotted in a goal on the 27th minute and it was a moment to cheer for..


*Pedro’s goal*

Seven minutes later Rooney found the back of the net to levelled on 1-1..


*Rooney’s goal*

It’s frustrating but it’s good to see a good fight from both sides at just 34-minutes, with almost an hour to go..

The first-half ended with Barca dominating almost 60% of ball possessions..

More photos and brief match coverage after the jump, like loads of it!

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UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour 2011 @ Sunway Pyramid, Malaysia

The most prestigious trophy of football in the club level, the UEFA Champions League trophy made a pit stop in Malaysia in its Trophy Tour 2011..

The last time the trophy made a visit to Malaysia was 4-years ago and so it’s said that the trophy will not be coming to our shore for the next 4-years, at least!

So I made a visit to Sunway Pyramid to catch a glimpse of the trophy and boy, it was crowded!


*The stage*

Numbers of people queued up to have a photo with the trophy, all donned in their favourite team’s jersey..

The Trophy Tour event was further brightened up with the presence of Joey G as the emcee throughout the event..


*Arsenal fan with the trophy*

Sunway Pyramid was the trophy’s first stop before heading to Gurney Plaza (Penang) on 5th and 6th March 2011..

Then the trophy will be making a comeback in Kuala Lumpur in Centre Court, Pavilion KL on 11th and 12th March 2011..

As this event is brought to you by Heineken, queue up to take a polaroid photo of you with the trophy, buy a bottle of Heineken beer that comes together with a coaster, and you are entitle to join a contest to win a trip to Wembley Stadium..


*Memorabilia*

Other than showcasing the Champions League Trophy, Heineken also brought us some memorabilia from previous matches, from the balls to jerseys and goalkeeper hand gloves being worn by certain players during a Champions League match..

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