TURIN - Ada Hegerberg of Olympique Lyonnais women celebrate her goal during the UEFA Women's Champions League Final between Barcelona FC and Olympique Lyon at the Juventus Stadium on May 21, 2022 in Turin, Italy. ANP | DUTCH HEIGHT | GERRIT FROM COLOGNE (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

A couple of well-known rivals will compete for the trophy in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) final, which gets underway in Bilbao on Saturday: Lyon, which is playing in its 11th final since 2010, and Barcelona, which is playing in its fourth final in a row.

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These two teams have already met in the 2019 and 2022 finals, therefore this will be their third meeting in the UWCL title game.

In addition to winning both of those previous matches against Barcelona, Lyon has won eight Champions League trophies in total, which is more than any other team.

For Sonia Bompastor and Jonatan Giráldez, this will be their final encounter in charge of both teams with Bompastor set to replace Emma Hayes at Chelsea FC while Giraldez switches to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side, Washington Spirit.

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During their employment, both managers have won a single UWCL trophy, while as a player, Bompastor brought two Champions League trophies to Lyon.

Damaris Egurrola of Lyon is thrilled about her team's prospects of defeating Barcelona once more, especially in front of loved ones.


Before the match this weekend, she told Forbes, "Lyon has something special." "We have a great team and we have the players with enough talent to win any match."
For Egurrola, who started her professional career at Athletic Bilbao, the final will be a homecoming.

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"I’ve been thinking of this day and night," she replied. "I had been seeing myself in this match. It's incredible to be able to play in San Mames. For me, this is where it all began."

Important statistics:
Records: Barcelona, 8-1-1; Lyon, 8-2-0
Diani of Lyon scored eight goals, while Salma Paralluelo of Barcelona scored six.
Aitana Bonmatí of Barcelona has six assists, while Melchie Dumornay of Lyon has three assists.

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