Arena joins FOX in Spain for UEFA coverage
head coach Bruce Arena will have more than a passing interest in Saturday's
UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in Madrid, Spain.
In fact, he'll be there in person.
fly almost 5,000 miles to Madrid on Friday
morning from Dallas
to Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, where the game will be played. He
will serve as a FOX Sports analyst in the pre- and post-game shows and will
offer his commentary at halftime of the match. Arena will be joined by host
Curt Menefee and fellow analyst Eric Wynalda.
looking forward to it," Arena said this week as his team prepared for
Thursday's game in Frisco, Texas against FC Dallas. "It will be a
terrific game between two teams with really different approaches to the game.
Inter is a little more calculating to how they approach games. I think Bayern
is a pretty free attacking team. It's going to be strength against strength,
and in the end I think Inter may be a better team.
these games tend to be a little on the conservative side because there's so
much at stake. I think everybody probably was looking for a final of
Barcelona-Manchester United, but I think Bayern Munich-Inter Milan is the next
Munich, just crowned Bundesliga champion, defeated Fiorentina, Manchester
United and Lyon to reach the final. Inter Milan,
which had to go down to the final day of the season before edging AS Roma for
the Serie A title, defeated Chelsea, CSKA Moscow and FC Barcelona.
Munich, coached by Louis Van Gaal, will be missing midfielder Franck Ribery,
whose appeal of his suspension for the final after being red-carded in the
previous match against Lyon was rejected by
Court of Arbitration for Sport.
final between Barcelona and Manchester United,
won by Barcelona
2-0, was watched by more than 100 million viewers around the world.
match will be the second final Arena has seen in person.
He also was
in attendance in 1999 when Manchester United scored two goals in injury time to
defeat Bayern Munich 2-1 in Barcelona.
That game was the finale to Manchester United's historic "triple,"
which also included winning the English Premier League title and FA Cup that
Barcelona fashioned its own triple a year
ago, having already won a La Liga title and the Copa del Rey.
it will be unusual being a member of the media for a day.
always interesting when you're a coach, you sometimes don't appreciate the
issues involved in reporting a story," he said. "The print media is
certainly different than broadcasting. In broadcasting you don't get a chance
to correct your mistakes. In the print media you can go with the spell-check or
cut and delete on your computer.
don't get that chance in front of a live camera. That's certainly
clearly relishes the opportunity to see two of the world's biggest and best
clubs perform in person.
always nice to see the top teams in the world," he said.
it's something we aspire to be one day in this league ...to have clubs that are
competitive with the top teams in the world.
view, it will be fun to see where we stand with that level of competition,
which I'm well aware we're not competitive at that level. It's great; I wish I
could be a fan for this game."