Bayern Munich will hold a lottery to determine which of the more than 1 million requests for Champions League final tickets it can fulfill.
The German club has been flooded with requests for the May 19 match against Chelsea it will host at the Allianz Arena. Bayern defeated Real Madrid on penalty kicks, 3-1, Wednesday after their two-leg semifinal had ended 3-3. GoalkeeperManuel Neuer was Bayern's hero as he saved spot kicks from Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil's Kakato help put Bayern into its ninth final.
"We've all worked very hard for this," said Neuer. "In both games, we were on a par with them at the very least, and at the end of the day, we deserved to win."
Each of the finalists has been allocated 17,500 tickets by UEFA for the final. Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who played for Bayern during its glory years in the 1970s that included three straight European Cup titles, said, "That was soccer at its very best, at the highest level. All in all, it was the most intense and emotional-laden match I've witnessed in my career, and that's almost 40 years."