Champions League Final recap: A report from inside Lisbon

The championsleague Final was coming to Lisbon, a city that lives and breaths football on every corner. Days before the final there was only one topic dominating the streets. 60.0000 Spaniards were expected to turn Lisbon into a madhouse, rooms for 3* Hotels were running on an average of 1000,- Euro per night and long before the match started, fans were trying to snitch a spot in the stadium from anywhere between 1000,- and 5000,- Euros a ticket.

 

 

 

It was a sunny and warm day in spring, everything seemed perfect. The Atletico fanzone was set up at Marques Pombal. When we arrived there it was hard to find a spot, but the atmosphere and energy was superb!
It was a sunny and warm day in spring, everything seemed perfect. The Atletico fanzone was set up at Marques Pombal. When we arrived there it was hard to find a spot, but the atmosphere and energy was superb!

With this final came my personal hope that finally, the underdog would take away the victory over the favorite. Athletico vs. Real, small brother vs. big brother, david vs. goliath. Could it be possible that the multimillion Euro equipe, with stars like Ronaldo and 100 Mio-$ man Bale, be left standing in the rain at the end of this night? It was one of those days were I woke up with all the expectations and belief that it could.

Inside the crowd there was a spirit of: "This is going to be our game, this is going to be our year" Everybody was ready to take this one away.
Inside the crowd there was a spirit of: "This is going to be our game, this is going to be our year" Everybody was ready to take this one away.

Walking through the streets of Lisbon that day was insane. The inner city and squares of Rossio, Restauradores, and Praca do Commercio were packed from tip to toe. I have never seen the city that full and it had its up as well as its downsides. Besides the great atmosphere and energy, the city was overwhelmed by Spanish motivation. When I entered a bank-foyer in Rossio, 3 fans walked in, addressed the corner and started fulfilling their deeds........

When Atletico scored there was no stone left on another. Bengalos, cheering, shouting, screaming and crying filled the air with extacy
When Atletico scored there was no stone left on another. Bengalos, cheering, shouting, screaming and crying filled the air with extacy

When Atletico scored everything seemed possible. The dreams of thousands of people surrounding me seemed to be turning into reality. The game itself was exciting, as far as I could look over the heads of people standing in front of me, with intense battles and good chances on both sides. Towards the end of the second half the game was getting more and more intense. Atletico was sill in the lead with the regular time almost at an end. Madrid was approaching and Athletico was only defening now. The public viewing was almost silent now. People were biting nails, hiding faces and you could hear a pin fall on the ground. Then it was this minute 93, where all Atheltico hopes got burried by no other than Sergio R., also known as Ramos S. ..............

This Atheltico fan couldn't hold it after the game was lost.
This Atheltico fan couldn't hold it after the game was lost.

When Madrid scored in overtime, I think that everybody knew, this was it. Athletico had exploited their resources and it was just a matter of time when Real would turn this game. I really couldn't believe it. My jar dropped, and a deep feeling of empathic sadness started to spread. So f* close!!! How can this happen!? It felt like a bad movie. I looked around, and truly, I haven't seen so many people crying in a long time. People were tearing in despairity, hugging and cheering themselves up. All in all a sad and quite heartbraking scene. The CL-Final was lost and the hopes were crushed. However, to take somethign positive out of this, the beauty in this loss, lies in the love people can develop for a sport that in the end, is no more than 22 people chasing after a ball.

After the first shock, it was nice to see that Athletico fans stood tall and raised their heads. Talking to the fans, I found that they were proud of their team, for putting on such a great fight, for bringing their biggest rival to the brink of losing, and for playing such an amazing season with winning the national championship. Stay tuned for the next post as we went to see the Rolling Stones at Rock in Rio yesterday ;).

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    Deepak (Saturday, 31 May 2014 02:29)

    great work here constantin - really like the images as well as your report of the event - keep this up my man!