The UEFA Champions League 2022 between Liverpool and Real Madrid will be played in front of a global audience this weekend.
With hundreds of millions of people expected to watch the match across the globe, its start time varies from time zone to time zone.
Here’s how you can watch it in Australia.
When is the 2022 Champions League final?
The 2022 Champions League final is on Saturday, May 28.
It isn’t quite the last high-profile game of the season, with both the EFL Championship playoff final and the second leg of the Ligue 1 relegation decider set to be played the following day.
2022 Champions League final kick-off time
The 2022 Champions League final kick-off is set for 9pm CEST local time, which is 8pm for fans based in the UK, 9pm for fans based in Spain and 3pm ET and 12pm PT for those in the States.
2022 Champions League final free live stream
Real Madrid have numerous injury concerns, but the status of David Alaba is by far the most significant. It’s difficult to overstate the Austrian’s importance, with his defensive colleagues not exactly paragons of reliability.
Alaba has spent the past month recovering from an adductor injury. The understanding is that he will play in the final, but his fitness levels remain to be seen.
Gareth Bale was the match-winner when Madrid beat Liverpool in the 2017/18 final, but his relationship with the club has soured to the point that he pulled out of their La Liga title celebrations with an apparent back injury. However, Carlo Ancelotti has hinted that there may be a role for the Welshman if he’s willing to play.
Eden Hazard, Isco and Marcelo have also spent lengthy periods on the sideline this season, and look unlikely to return for the Champions League showpiece.
Where is the 2022 Champions League final?
The 2022 Champions League final is being played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris. The stadium has a capacity of 80,698, but this has been reduced to 75,000 for Liverpool vs Real Madrid.
The Stade de France was built for World Cup ’98, and has staged two previous Champions League finals: Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000, and Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat of Arsenal in 2006.
UEFA’s original plan was for the game to be played at the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, but that was scrapped after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
How to watch Liverpool vs Real Madrid: live stream Champions League final for FREE in Australia
Liverpool vs Real Madrid gets underway at 5am AEST on Sunday morning, and if you wake up early enough you can watch it for FREE, thanks to 9Gem.
That means you can also fire up a Champions League final live stream on the 9Now streaming service, which is completely free to use too, and compatible with most smart devices.
The game is also being shown on Stan Sport, which costs $10 per month (on top of a $10 Stan sub) after a 7-day Stan Sport FREE trial.
If you’re currently out of Australia but want a slice of that free coverage, you’ll need to get yourself a VPN.
UEFA Champions League final at The STAR
Want to feel the atmosphere? Well, you catch also all the nail-biting action of the Champions League final of Liverpool vs Real Madrid on Sunday 29 May at the 24/7 Sports Bar at The Star from 4:30am.
Featuring an impressive 34m2 LED mega screen, a state-of-the-art surround sound system, live entertainment throughout the day, refreshing drinks, and delicious food, The Star’s premium sports bar is offering guests front-row seats to one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious sporting events in the world – one not to be missed.
UEFA Champions League final match details
|Sunday, May 29
|Champions League final
|Liverpool vs. Real Madrid
|Stan Sport, 9GEM