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Champions League build-up photos

The Champions League trophy

Wednesday: After its time on display in Red Square, the trophy is moved to its pitchside plinth to wait for its next champion

A Man Utd fan passes through a security checkpoint

Wednesday: With several hours still to go until kick-off, the first fans arrive at the stadium where they are checked by security

Police move into position

Wednesday: Inside the complex, Russian police are deployed to their various positions as the match edges ever nearer

A police officer stands guard

Wednesday: Flags of the teams are placed on the seats as the organisers look to create a sea of colour in the stands

Wednesday: Sir Bobby Charlton greets Manchester United fans in Red Square

Wednesday: Legend Sir Bobby Charlton greets Manchester United fans in a soggy Red Square

Manchester United fans are already in fine voice in Red Square

Wednesday: Manchester United fans are already in fine voice in Red Square as they prepare for the evening's historic clash

Players from both Chelsea and Manchester United are shown on traditional Russian dolls

Wednesday: Players from both teams are shown on traditional Russian dolls as Moscow pulls out all the stops for the final

Manchester United fans queue at the check-in desks before boarding their flights to Moscow from Manchester Airport

Wednesday: United fans queue patiently at check-in desks before boarding their flights to Moscow from Manchester Airport

Chelsea fans arrive in Moscow

Tuesday: Chelsea fans arrive at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport ahead of the biggest match in their club's history

Tuesday: There are plenty of manchester United fans keen to show off their tickets on arrival in Moscow

Tuesday: There are plenty of Manchester United fans keen to show off their tickets on arrival in Moscow

Tuesday: those fans already in red Square line up to take their picture with the Champions League trophy

Tuesday: Those fans already in Red Square line up to take their picture with the Champions League trophy

Man Utd's players begin their training session

Tuesday: With their news conference out of the way, Man Utd's players become the first of the two sides to check out the pitch

Ronaldo prepares for the final

Tuesday: Having scored seven goals on the road to Moscow, the Red Devils will hope Cristiano Ronaldo will add to his tally on Wednesday

Petr Cech and Florent Malouda

Tuesday: Chelsea are next on, allowing Grant to have a final look at his players before deciding on who should make the starting line-up

Cole shows his pain

Tuesday: Worryingly for the Blues, Ashley Cole is forced out of the session with an ankle injury when Claude Makelele clatters into him

Wayne Rooney

Monday: Wayne Rooney leads the players off the team coach as United touch down in Moscow and head to the Crowne Plaza hotel

Andriy Shevchenko and Carlo Cudicini

Monday: Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko appears in good spirits as he and the rest of the Chelsea squad meet the Moscow public

Lenin

Monday: The statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin stands outside the Luzhniki Stadium, venue for the all-English final

Luzhniki Stadium

Monday: The national stadium has specifically set its capacity to 69,500 to accommodate the hordes of United and Chelsea fans




see also
Man Utd v Chelsea
21 May 08 |  Europe
Roman's Moscow homecoming
21 May 08 |  Europe
Chelsea and Man Utd set for final
21 May 08 |  Football
A fan's view of Moscow
19 May 08 |  Europe


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