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Manchester United vs. Barcelona in Champions League final

In one of the most eagerly-anticipated UEFA Champions League finals in years, Lionel Messi leads Barcelona into Wembley Stadium in London to clash with Manchester United in Saturday’s title match.

Manchester United and Barcelona kick off at 2:45 p.m. today (FOX) to crown the 2011 UEFA Champions League winner.

Barca won the 2009 final in dominating fashion, claiming a 2-0 win. Re-live this match with Steven Goff’s matchday blog from May 27, 2009.

Check out a Manchester United-Barcelona photo gallery which will be updated after the match.

There’s little doubt Barcelona — riding three straight La Liga titles — is the favorite heading into the match, which means as 3-to-1 underdogs, United has heaps to gain and little to lose.

See who Washington Post readers think will win today’s match and check out video highlights from Barcelona’s three previous European championships (1992, 2006, 2009).

Goff hosted a chat Friday in which he predicted a 2-1 Barcelona victory on an Iniesta goal in extra time.

Keep up with the corruption probe swirling around FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Here’s a video preview of the match:

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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