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final champions2016
Nowadays only a few hours are left before the great event in Reggio Emilia. Wolfsburg and Lyon are in the final after the 2013, won by the German team for 1-0. Both teams chase the third European title in the sixth French-German final in seven years.
Wolfsburg will be without Caroline Graham Hansen, Julia Simic and Noelle Maritz. Full squad for Lyon and last game in the transalpine club for Lotta Schelin, Louisa Necib and Amandine Henry.
The finalists overwhelmed a compatriot in the first leg: Lyon defeated Paris Saint-Germain for 7-0, while Wolfsburg defeated Frankfurt, defending champion, for 4-0. However, the final promises to be balanced: five of the last six have been disputed by a French and a German team, without ever registering more than two goals.

Wolfsburg is without injured Caroline Graham Hansen, Julia Simic and Noelle Maritz. The Lyon instead finds Claire Lavogez, who took part in the 1-1 on Saturday against Montpellier while most of the holders remained at rest.

The season at the national level

After a slow start, Wolfsburg secured his return to Europe next season, bypassing Frankfurt in second place, while remaining at 10 points from Bayern Munich. Saturday in Cologne, he defeated the Sand for 2-1 and defended the title in the German Cup thanks to a network of Zsanett Jakabfi at 80 '.

Lyon won the championship and the national cup for the fifth consecutive season. With a largely reworked formation, Saturday drew 1-1 at home against Montpellier and finished three points ahead of the PSG. In 22 matches he collected 19 wins and three draws, with 115 goals scored and four conceded.

Lyon in better shape
Despite a draw at the weekend, Lyon are undefeated by 48 official races, or 1-0 against PSG in November. Wolfsburg appeared in good shape after the winter break, but the defeat for 4-0 against Potsdam a few weeks ago and the exhausting German Cup final brought out the absence of Hansen, the European team's best scorer.

The flexibility of Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg will be very different from the 2013 final against Lyon, but is still trained by Ralf Kellermann. The coach, who managed to put an end to the French's long unbeaten three years ago, is certainly capable of repeating himself, especially with versatile players such as Lara Dickenmann and Alex Popp available.

Greetings from Schelin and Henry
Lotta Schelin scored in both semifinals against PSG and reached 41 goal in the tournament (new record for a single club), but in Reggio Emilia will play his last match against Lyon. Despite having an average of over a goal per game in over 200 appearances, the Swedish striker has never scored in a European final. The same goes for midfielder Amandine Henry, who will go to Portland Thorns after eight seasons in France.

Watch specials
Wolfsburg: Lara Dickenmann
Dickenmann arrived last summer from Lyon and has become increasingly important for the team, especially thanks to its versatility.

Lyon: Ada Hegerberg
Although Schelin will start at the end of the season, the next player to lead the Lyon offensive line will be another Scandinavian: Ada Hegerberg, the author of 53 so far in 33 official races.

Finals France-Germany
2010: Turbine Potsdam (GER) - Lyon (FRA) 0-0, 7-6 rig., Getafe
2011: Lyon (FRA) - Turbine Potsdam (GER) 2-0, London
2012: Lyon (FRA) - FFC Frankfurt (GER) 2-0, Munich
2013: Wolfsburg (GER) - Lyon (FRA) 1-0, London
(2014: Wolfsburg (GER) - Tyresö (SWE) 4-3, Lisbon)
2015: FFC Frankfurt (GER) - Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 2-1, Berlin

And finally...
Hegerberg scored 12 goals in this competition and is two points ahead of Conny Pohlers' record (Turbine Potsdam, 2004 / 05), Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (Valur Reykjavík, 2008 / 09) and Célia Šašić (Frankfurt, 2014 / 15).

Wolfsburg: Vetterlein; Wensing, Henning, Hartmann, Popp; Blässe, Kessler, Goessling, Müller; Jakabfi (Magull 78 '), Pohlers (Omilade 82').

Lyon: Bouhaddi; Petit, Georges, Renard, Bompastor; Henry, Necib, Abily (Le Sommer 67 '); Thomis, Schelin, Rapinoe (Dickenmann 46 ', Majri 89').

• That Wolfsburg remain Luisa Wensing, Alexandra Popp, Anna Blässe, Lena Goessling and Zsanett Jakabfi, while Lara Dickenmann arrived from Lyon in the summer 2015.

• Of that Lyon remain Sarah Bouhaddi, Corine Petit, Wendie Renard, Amandine Henry, Louisa Necib, Camilly Abily, Élodie Thomis, Lotta Schelin, Amel Majri and Eugénie Le Sommer.

• With the Turbine Potsdam jersey, Babett Peter and Isabel Kerschowski from Wolfsburg beat Lyon 7-6 on penalties after a 0-0 in the 2010 final, transforming their shot from the penalty spot. The following year they lost the final against Lyon.

History of the match

• The title was won by five German teams - FFC Frankfurt (2002, 2006, 2008, 2015), Turbine Potsdam (2005, 2010), Duisburg (2009) and Wolfsburg (2013, 2014) - and only one representative of the other victorious nations: Umeå (Sweden, 2003 and 2004), Lyon (France, 2011 and 2012) and Arsenal (England, 2007).

• This year will be played the ninth consecutive final (the 13esima in total) with German representatives.

• Lyon or Wolfsburg will become the first team to win three UEFA Women's Champions League titles from the 2009 / 10, the year the competition has changed format. Furthermore, it is the teams that have won the tournament several times.

• Since the format change, six out of seven finals have seen a French and a German team compete (in eight UEFA Cup finals it had never happened):

2010: Turbine Potsdam (GER) - Lyon (FRA) 0-0, 7-6 rig., Getafe
2011: Lyon (FRA) - Turbine Potsdam (GER) 2-0, Fulham
2012: Lyon (FRA) - FFC Frankfurt (GER) 2-0, Munich
2013: Wolfsburg (GER) - Lyon (FRA) 1-0, Chelsea
2014: Wolfsburg (GER) - Tyresö (SWE) 4-3, Lisbon
2015: FFC Frankfurt (GER) - Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 2-1, Berlin
2016: Wolfsburg (GER) - Lyon (FRA), Reggio Emilia

• It is the sixth final with French representatives, the fifth with Lyon. Beaten by Potsdam in 2010, the French team defeated the same team a year later, won against Frankfurt in 2012 and lost to Wolfsburg the following year. The other French finalist was the PSG in the 2015.

Team statistics

• Dickenmann and Élise Bussaglia moved from Wolfsburg to Lyon last summer. Dickenmann played Lyon from 2009 to 2015, winning six championships and two UEFA Women's Champions League, while Bussaglia won three championships.

• Popp, winner of the European title with the Duisburg in the 2009 and with Wolfsburg in the 2013 and 2014, could match the record of four titles of former classmates Conny Pohlers and Viola Odebrecht.

• Dickenmann, winner of two European finals, is on a par with three of Popp's partners in Wolfsburg of 2013 and 2014: Wensing, Blässe and Goessling. The coach was Ralf Kellermann, who can become the first coach to win three times, while Nadine Kessler, who at the beginning of this season was still in the club, retired due to injury.

• The other former tournament winners in Wolfsburg are Jakabfi (2013), Almuth Schult (2014), Stephanie Bunte (2014), Nilla Fischer (2014), Verena Faisst (2014), Peter (Potsdam 2010) and Kerschowski ( Potsdam 2010).

• Wolfsburg, the only team to have won the first two finals in the competition, could win the third in Reggio Emilia. No other training has ever won the title three times in four years.

• Synne Jensen and Caroline Graham Hansen (who will miss the final due to injury) may become the first Norwegian players to win the final.

• Ewa Pajor can become the first Polish player to win the final.

• Wolfsburg played their first game in Italy in the quarter-finals, beating 3-0 Brescia after the home win of the previous week with the same score.

• Lyon disputed their fifth final and are at a record length from Frankfurt. If he loses, he will equal the negative record of Umeå, beaten three times in the final.

• The veterans of the two finals won by Lyon are Bouhaddi, Petit, Renard, Henry, Necib, Abily, Schelin and Le Sommer.

• Bouhaddi, Petit, Renard, Henry and Necib played in all four Lyon finals from 2010 to 2013.

• The other former Lyon winners are Élodie Thomis (2011) and Corine Petit (2012).

• Ada Hegerberg scored 12 goals in this competition and is two points behind the record shared by Pohlers (Potsdam, 2004 / 05), Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (Valur Reykjavík, 2008 / 09) and Célia Šašić (Frankfurt, 2014 / 15).

• In the semi-final first leg, Abily became the first player to collect 50 victories in UEFA club women's competitions, and then went to 51. In the return semi-final he also scored his 50esima victory.

• Scoring in both semifinals, Lotta Schelin scored the goals 40 and 41 in Europe with Lyon, equalizing and thus bypassing the record with only one club held by Neulengbach's Nina Burger. Schelin also beat Hanna Ljungberg as the best Swedish scorer in UEFA club women's competitions.

• With the third goal against PSG in the semi-final first leg, Lyon became the first team to reach 250 scoring in the competition (the total is 255 in 69 matches, with only 26 goals conceded).

• With a victory, Lyon would arrive at 54 successes in Europe, equaling the Frankfurt record.

• The final will be the 70esima European match of Lyon. Only Arsenal (79) and Frankfurt (78) have played more.

• Hegerberg could become the first Norwegian player to win the final of the competition.

• Lyon is the fourth official match in Italy. In 2008 / 09 he won 5-0 at the home of Verona in the quarter-final first leg. A year later, in the same turn, he lost 1-0 on the Torres field after winning 3-0 at home. 2014 / 15 won 5-0 in Brescia on the 16th.

Walter Pettinati
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