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Thousands of supporters were gathering in central London on Saturday (June 1) ahead of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.

Supporters were enjoying the Champions League Fan Festival in Trafalgar Square while Olympic Way outside Wembley Stadium was already teeming with thousands of people with seven hours until kickoff (1900GMT).

Tonight, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be seeking to add another chapter to the club’s already astonishing love affair with European soccer’s elite trophy.

Bidding for a record-extending 15th European Cup and sixth in 10 years, they want to emulate Real’s dominance at the dawn of the competition when, during the Alfredo Di Stefano years, they won the first five editions from 1956 and another in 1966.

Edin Terzic’s Dortmund side are certainly not turning up as guests at the Madrid party though.

Their Champions League pedigree pales in comparison to Real’s – a single triumph in the 1997 final and defeat in 2013 – and they are coming off a disappointing Bundesliga season.

But they are no respecters of reputation as victories over Atletico Madrid in the last eight and Paris St Germain in the semi-finals emphatically showed.

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