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Barcelona bookies favourites to win Champions League

Sat 28th May 2011

More so this week than usual, the subject of money seems to be the dominating force behind football and decisions surrounding the sport.

The 2011 UEFA Champions league cup final game between Barcelona and Manchester United is being held at Wembley stadium in London, however, for the first time the game is to be held on a weekend and on an evening - with kick off at 8.45pm CET tonight.

An estimated 86'000 spectators will watch the game from the stadium with a further 300 Million tuning in to watch the game from TV's at home or in bars and clubs around the world.

The clubs are fighting not only for pride and glory, but for the winning share of the 173m prize purse. The city of London itself is expected benefit economically to the tune of 45m as the fans take the opportunity of having a weekend fixture to have an extended city break.

Today's game will also be the last that Barcelona appears without shirt sponsorship. In 2006 the club announced a five year agreement with, however unlike a Sponsor, who pays for the privilege of shirt advertising, the club actually pays 1.5 million per year to UNICEF via the FC Barcelona Foundation.

Barcelona will end their refusal of corporate sponsorship for the next season, having signed a five-year 150m deal with the Qatar Foundation.

Despite a lack of shirt sponsor up to this point, International Accountancy company Deloitte recognise

No English TV? - You can watch the game online by clicking Here .

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