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Final preparations made for Champions League final

Bayern Munich's team players attend a training session at Wembley Stadium. Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Souvenir Champions League final scarves are seen on sale at a stall near Trafalgar Square in central London. Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville
A Borussia Dortmund supporter raises an umbrella in front of the Nelson's Column statue in Trafalgar Square in central London. Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville

Wembley Champions League final: Fans begin to arrive

German football fans have started to arrive at the national stadium some nine hours before the kick-off of tonight's Champions League final.

German football fans have started to arrive at Wembley Stadium. Credit: @bvb

Bayern Munich face fellow German giants Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley Stadium. Bayern thrashed Barcelona in the semis, while Dortmund eased past Real Madrid.

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Dortmund 'get their towels down early' ahead of final

Borussia Dortmund's @BVB Twitter account has made humorous reference to a German stereotype ahead of the side's Champions League final at London's Wembley Stadium this weekend.

A series of tweeted pictures shows Dortmund towels on deckchairs in front of famous London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch and Big Ben.

Dortmund are narrow outsiders to win Saturday's final against countrymen Bayern Munich.

Dortmund's towel on a deckchair outside Buckingham Palace. Credit: @BVB
The deckchair outside Marble Arch. Credit: @BVB
A statue of John Betjeman had been adorned with Dortmund's famous yellow and black too. Credit: @BVB

Dortmund receive 500,000 applications for Wembley tickets

Dortmund are known for their passionate 'Yellow Wall' of supporters. Credit: DPA

Borussia Dortmund have received more than half a million ticket applications for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga club said.

Dortmund, who have an average home attendance of around 80,000, said 502,567 fans had applied for tickets online before Sunday's deadline.

"It's absolutely crazy," said the club, adding that a draw would be made to determine who would get the 24,042 tickets the club has been allocated for the match on May 25.

The two finalists have been allocated a total of nearly 50,000 tickets for the final at London's Wembley Stadium, even though the total capacity will be 86,000.


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999 caller reports Man United's controversial red card

Manchester United winger Nani being shown a red card Credit: PA

A football fan so disgusted with the referee’s decision to send-off a player in last night’s Champions League clash, rang 999 to report the incident to Nottinghamshire Police.

The 18-year-old Manchester United supporter was watching the second-leg tie against Real Madrid from his home in a village near Bingham, when he felt that Nani's controversial sending-off for a high challenge was a crime, so subsequently called police.

The man later apologised for his actions, claiming to have been caught up in the excitement.

Around two per cent of all calls reported are considered hoax by Nottinghamshire Police, with 6,933 incidents in 2012.

Football fan cleared of drunken killing

Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final in May.

A man who killed his best friend in an alcohol-fuelled fight over a football match has walked free from court.

Daniel Janik, a 30-year-old Polish hospital porter, was cleared of murder and manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

The court heard how he and Przemyslaw Lepkowski, a 24-year-old hospital cleaner, watched Chelsea's Champions League final win over Bayern Munich on television, with each of them supporting opposing teams.

Sarah Plaschkes QC, prosecuting, said Lepkowski had suffered 41 injuries after the men got into a drunken brawl and he died of strangulation.

Benitez targets Europa League glory after Champions League exit

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez has set his sights on Europa League glory - despite becoming the first Champions League holders to exit at the group stage.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The Blues beat FC Nordsjaelland 6-1 at Stamford Bridge, but were knocked out as Juventus' victory at Shakhtar Donetsk condemned them to third place in Group E.

The Europa League now awaits the west Londoners, whose manager Benitez collected his first win since replacing Roberto di Matteo.

He said: "You ask me if I will take the Europa League seriously; every competition is important for us so we will try to do our best and win if we can.

"We know that it is an important competition and we want to go as far as we can and if we can win the competition, we will try to do that."

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