I'm staying in the small village of Puch in Germany about 50 kilometres from Munich, the capital of Bavaria where tonight, the Chelsea Football Team will play Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in the final of the 'UEFA Champions League Cup'.
Both clubs are old, with Chelsea founded in 1905 and Bayern in 1900 and I have no doubt that both will have their fair share of old supporters like the ones in the photos below.
About 30,000 of the London team’s supporters are expected to arrive in the Bavarian capital. The stadium seats 67,000 and there were 1 million applications for tickets with 17,500 issued to Chelsea. Outside, two 'fan zones' will show the game on giant screens for those who didn't get a ticket.
In preparation :
* the city’s authorities have outlawed drinking in its streets and squares and at the stadium itself.
* police have put a massive security operation in place involving 2,000 officers, with water cannon trucks in reserve.
* police spokesman Wolfgang Wenger said: “We are in top form for the top game, we have trained to the utmost. This is the highlight of the year. No matter where the English fans go, we will be nearby.”