Champions League: David against Goliath


Ladies first: In Spain, the last round has been moved so that football fans can watch the Champions League final in the women. For the first time, the FC Barcelona is the favorite, however, mean Olympiquie Lyon.

If the referee Anastasia Pustovoitova on Saturday blows the whistle to 18 o’clock in the Groupama Arena in Budapest the final of the UEFA Womens Champions League, meets David on Goliath. On the one hand, the newcomer from Spain, FC Barcelona. And on the other hand, the five-times Champions League winner Olympique Lyon.

Olyimpique Lyon: The measure of all things

The was 2004, so 15 years ago, from the women’s team of FC Lyon emerged. At that time, the men of Olympique were very successful. However, during this 2012 were recently able to win a title – the French Supercup – towers of the women, in the meantime, the trophies: Since 2007 are you a serial French champion, won seven Times the French Cup competition, and since 2010 in the final of the Champions League they could win five.

The man behind this successful Era, club President Jean-Michel Aulas. He has not brought a budget of around 8 million euros in the year only the best players to France, but also for the professionalization of women’s football in the Association provided. So he has set by, for example, that the women-can train the team on the same equipment and with the same resources as the men.

The German national player Dzsenifer Marozsan (in white) joined in the year 2016 Olympique

Anything other than a victory for Lyon would be a Surprise. The Team led by world footballer Ada Hegerberg and the German national player Dzsenifer Marozsan is currently the measure of all things in the world Cup host country, France, but also in Europe. In addition to Marozsan, the German substitute goalkeeper Lisa play White and their national team colleague Carolin Simon at the French.

A Team studded with Superstars

The Team is the former striker Reynald Pedros is a collection of Top international players. To Marozsan, of course. The 27-year-old joined the season 2016/2017 to France, where it has extended now to their contract until June 2020. In their first season in the French Top Club, she was chosen immediately to be the best player in the “D1 feminine”. And also in this season, this award went to midfielder.

Ada Hegerberg won the Ballon d’or 2018 to the best footballer in the world

The world footballer Ada hegerberg comes. Since your change of Turbine Potsdam and Lyon in the year 2014, has made the 23-year-old striker already has 129 goals in just 103 Games. Also in the current season she has a good Quote: in 28 games comes to you on 20 goals and 12 assists. The Swedish striker, with the French national player Eugénie Le Sommer, a violent Duo in Lyons Offensive. Le summer is also inside of the best game and has scored so far this season with already 20 goals in 28 Games.

Not only the front of Olympique Lyon with world class players occupied, but also in the goal. The 32-year-old Sarah Bouhaddi is since the 2009/2010 season in Lyon and is seen by many experts as the best goalkeeper in the world in women’s football. The defender Lucy Bronze (England) and the Midfield players, Amandine Henry and Wendie Renard (France) to the absolute world top.


The FC Barcelona has already written history

For FC Barcelona it is the first Champions League final in the club’s history. And anyway, you are the first Spanish team, which has managed so far. In order for the Spanish football fans don’t have to decide between men’s and women’s soccer, moved the leaders of the La Liga, the last round of the men on Sunday. In the semi-finals of the FC Bayern was defeated and yet you go into this game as the clear underdog.

Because from the budget it is a whole other world. Not even the half of it should be this in comparison to Olympique Lyon. Estimated at 3.5 million euros, the women’s section of FC Barcelona costs. So you are in Spain, although one of the strongest Teams, but still far away from Olympique Lyon.

Within the club structure of FC Barcelona but they are the only Department that writes black Numbers. Because the women’s Team is flown during the summer in preparation of the men in the USA and was able to win the American craft enterprises Stanley as a Sponsor. With the money you have already made it in the third year since the founding of the Department, to cover their entire cost.

Barcelona can’t afford to buy international Stars

Kheira Hamraoui (R) will be suspended for the final

The example of Kheira Hamraoui explains the difference between the two Clubs at the best. The tournament, which is closed on Saturday for the finals, joined in the summer of 2018 from Lyon to Barcelona. In Lyon, where it was to take place between 2016 and 2018, twice a Champions League winner, she was just a replacement. Also for the French world Cup squad it was not enough, however, in the case of Barcelona is one of the most important pillars of and will be missed on Saturday, probably painfully.

The Team is a mixture of Spanish national players, Alexia Putellas and Vicky Losada or the goalkeeper Sandra Paños and foreign players like Hamraoui, the Forwards Toni Duggan (England) and Andressa Alves (Brazil), or the Dutch girl Lieke Martens.

Martens is the big Star in the team. She was elected in 2017, the best player in Europe. The 26-year-old midfielder joined in the summer of 2017 by the Swedish club FC Rosengard to the Catalans, and has since been a fixture in the team.

The Surprise is possible

In the quarter-finals last season, both clubs played for the first and last Time so far from each other. At the time, Olympique Lyon won both games. The first leg in Barcelona ended 0:1 and the game 2:1. Nevertheless, it is believed, in Barcelona, in the victory.

The role of the outsider, the Catalan take on the inside gratefully. The pressure is on the shoulders of the French. For the FC Barcelona in the final alone is a great success and an award for an exceptional performance this season. Therefore, they will approach the game as a coach Lluís Cortés emphasized, with much anticipation, and with the certainty that in a final anything is possible.