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The European Champions League final

By Ben Wyatt, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • European Champions League final will see two of the continent's giant clubs meet in Madrid
  • Clash will pitch Portugal's Jose Mourinho and Holland's Louis Van Gaal in a head-to-head
  • CNN will build up to the big match with Pedro Pinto and Alex Thomas live from Madrid at 1600 GMT

(CNN) -- The final of the European Champions League will see two of the continent's giant clubs meet in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, in a battle to decide the champions of the most lucrative competition in world soccer.

The match, which takes place on 22 May, will also pitch two heavyweight coaches against one another in the shape of Portugal's Jose Mourinho and Holland's Louis Van Gaal.

Mourinho, who won the European Cup with Porto in 2004, is hoping to cap a treble for the Nerazzurri after already wrapping up the Italian title and domestic cup prior to the game.

Bayern are also looking to seal the capture of three pieces of silverware for the campaign, after beating Schalke to the Bundesliga title and also having won their domestic cup. Check out our profiles of the two coaches by clicking the links in the photo gallery above.

Can Mourinho beat Van Gaal to become king of Europe?

The match will also see some of the greatest players in the world -- Arjen Robben, Samuel Eto'o, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lucio among them -- vie for the most lucrative title in club football before jetting off to South Africa to take part in the 2010 World Cup.

Video: Footballers' roads to Madrid

CNN will have all the build up to the big match with Pedro Pinto and Alex Thomas hosting a special half-hour preview program on CNN International at 1800 GMT.

Your can also have your say on which coach you think will emerge as the new king of Europe by adding your comment to the blog.