"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 taking place in the city that hosts the UEFA Champions League finals for women's and men's teams.

At the beginning of the festive ceremony, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, together with ambassador of the women's finals Iya Andrushchak and famous Brazilian national player Kafu, who replaced Andrei Shevchenko in the past, presented to the guests the holiday trophies of the tournaments returning to the capital after the city. So everyone wished to take another photo with the Champions League cups.

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

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

Thursday-Friday (May 24-25) - 11.00am - 23.00pm.

Saturday (May 26) - 11.00am - 20.00pm.

Sunday (May 27) - 11.00am - 21.00pm.

As part of the Champions League final, the Equal Championship is being held, with teams from the homeless, people with disabilities and children taking part in the UEFA Equal Game campaign. The competition was opened by Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko and Iya Andrushchak, symbolically bringing the ball into play. The mayor of the capital emphasized that the promotion of such tournaments is aimed at the development of grassroots football, work with homeless people and people who are in difficult situations. “Football is a game of millions! Regardless of gender, age, physical characteristics and social status! These are the basic principles that UEFA promotes as part of the Equal Game campaign. Everyone should be able to enjoy playing football. No matter who you are, where or how you play. This tournament motivates the participants, gives them self-confidence, self-confidence, ”said Vitali Klitschko.

Among the most striking and most anticipated events is the Ultimate Champions Tournament, which is held annually during the Champions League finals. This year, he promises to be even more exciting and entertaining, as four teams will compete in Kiev, not two, as before, and more football stars will appear on the field. The players will perform in one of four teams - the Real Madrid and Liverpool legends, the Champions League stars or the team of Andrey Shevchenko. On the pitch, set directly in the fan zone, teams of five players will hold 30-minute matches, and the winners of the two semi-finals will meet in a decisive duel.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

In addition, visitors to the festival who decide to visit the UEFA Champions League gallery will see the most striking moments from the previous finals of the men's and women's competitions. And all holiday guests will have the opportunity to sign autographs to the Champions League legends and tournament ambassadors.

Note that in the capital on the eve of the Champions League final, in addition to Khreschatyk itself, there will be several more fan zones. Two - for the fans of the finalist teams. The venue for the gathering of Liverpool fans is in Shevchenko Park, the fans of Real Madrid near the Palace of Ukraine. The Fan Area at Contract Square will be the only place where the Real Madrid vs Liverpool match will be shown live on a huge screen.

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

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