"Festival of Champions" in the center of Kiev began its work!

On Thursday, May 24, Khreshchatyk hosted the grand opening of the Champions Festival, an annual event held in the city that hosts the UEFA Champions League finals among women's and men's teams.

At the beginning of the festive ceremony, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, along with women's final ambassador Iya Andrushchak and former Brazilian national team player Kafu, who replaced Andriy Shevchenko with events, presented trophies to tournaments returning to the capital after a tour of Ukrainian cities. So everyone had another opportunity to take pictures with the Champions League cups.

As for the holiday itself, the "Champions Festival" will be held in the heart of the city and will precede the Champions League final. Entertainment, music and interesting football activities - all this will be presented at a festive event organized annually by UEFA and its partners. Admission to the festival is free, and visitors will have a chance to enjoy the holiday of the Champions League, take photos with idols, win prizes from partners, participate in competitions and play football.

"Festival of Champions" is open from Thursday, May 24 to Sunday, May 27 according to the following schedule:

Thursday-Friday (May 24-25) - 11.00:23.00 to XNUMX:XNUMX.

Saturday (May 26) - 11.00—20.00.

Sunday (May 27) - 11.00-21.00.

The program of the Champions League final also includes the Equals Championship, which is attended by teams of homeless people, people with disabilities and children, and which takes place as part of the UEFA Equal Game campaign. The competition was opened by Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and Iya Andrushchak, symbolically putting the ball into play. The mayor of the capital stressed that the promotion of such tournaments is aimed at developing grassroots football, working with the homeless and people in difficult life situations. "Football is a game of millions! Regardless of gender, age, physical characteristics and social status! These are the basic principles promoted by UEFA in the framework of the "Equal Game" campaign. Everyone should be able to enjoy playing football. No matter who you are, where you come from or how you play. This tournament motivates the participants, gives them self-confidence, self-confidence ", - said Vitali Klitschko.

Among the brightest and most anticipated events is the Ultimate Champions Tournament, which is held annually during the finals of the Champions League. This year he promises to be even more exciting and spectacular, because four teams will compete in Kyiv, instead of two, as before, and even more football stars will appear on the field. The players will play in one of four teams - the legends of "Real" and "Liverpool", the stars of the Champions League or the team of Andriy Shevchenko. On a field set directly in the fan zone, teams of five players will play 30-minute matches, and the winners of the two semifinals will meet in a decisive match.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

In addition, visitors to the festival, who decide to visit the UEFA Champions Gallery, will see the highlights of the previous finals of men's and women's competitions. And all guests of the holiday will have the opportunity to get an autograph from the legends of the Champions League and ambassadors of the tournament.

It should be noted that in the capital on the eve of the Champions League final, in addition to Khreschatyk itself, several more fan zones will be set up. Two - for fans of the finalist teams. The gathering place for Liverpool fans is in Shevchenko Park, Real Madrid fans are near the Ukraine Palace. The fan zone on Kontraktova Square will be the only place where the match between Real Madrid and Liverpool will be shown live on a huge screen.

And the last day of the "Festival of Champions", May 27, will be combined with the Day of Kyiv, so there will be enough pleasant surprises and surprises on Sunday.

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