Liverpool and Spurs fans deck out their homes in their beloved teams‘ colours and even Liverpool Airport‘s air traffic control tower gets a red makeover as excitement builds ahead of tomorrow‘s Champions League final in Madrid
Excited fans across the UK are gearing up for the most anticipated game of the year as Liverpool take on Tottenham in the Champions League final.
Fans have painted Merseyside red on the eve of the final on Saturday night as they look to spur their beloved side on to victory.
Reds supporters have been transforming their homes into a sea of cutouts, bunting and banners in the build-up and even put flags on the Airport Traffic Control tower at Liverpool John Lennon airport.
Supporters in London, meanwhile, have festooned their streets in a sea of blue as they get set to cheer on the Spurs in Madrid.
Liverpool supporters have painted Merseyside red ahead of the Champions League final this weekend
Gardener Gary Gaze mowed carved the words ‘Never Give Up‘ into the patch of land beside the John Lennon Airport runway
A fan affixes Tottenham flags to a shopfront on Tottenham High Road ahead of the club‘s big night on Saturday
Liverpool flags, signs and bunting cover a street on Penman Crescent in Halewood, Liverpool
Tsehae Tesfai, the owner of the Milcana Ethiopian and Eritrean Cafe in Tottenham, poses with Spurs flags outside his business in Park Lane
Club flags adorn the Air Traffic Control tower at Liverpool Airport prior to the game in Madrid
Fans have even taken over the airport flight information boards at Stansted Airport, which are displaying messages in support of Spurs
Liverpool are looking to go one better in this season‘s European competition after losing 3-1 in the final last season to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
They reached this campaign‘s final after a thrilling comeback over Barcelona at Anfield, while Tottenham triumphed against the odds by beating Ajax.
The Reds are looking to claim their sixth European title, while Spurs are aiming for their maiden crown on Saturday in the Spanish capital.
Up to 70,000 supporters of the English clubs are expected to descend on the Spanish capital this weekend, despite each team being awarded only 16,000 seats apiece.
For those lucky enough to have secured tickets, thousands of rival English football fans began pouring into Madrid today and staking out their respective turf in the Spanish capital using flags, banners and songs.
‘Ossie‘s Dream‘ – a Tottenham anthem by Cockney duo Chas and Dave – was blasting out of a speaker on one side of a packed terrace, while ‘You‘ll Never Walk Alone‘ was playing on the other.
This weekend is expected to be worth some £55million to the Madrid economy as up to 100,000 supporters shell out vastly inflated prices for accommodation, food and drink.
Only around 34,000 have tickets, despite many paying hugely bumped-up prices for flights.
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Shopkeeper and dedicated Spurs fan Gokhan Hayirili waves the flag for his club at Park Lane Mini Market opposite Spurs‘ New stadium
Houses in Park Lane, Tottenham have been decorated in Spurs flags as excitement builds ahead of tomorrow
Staff from the Friends Barber shop in High Rd, Londn, poses with a Spurs flag with friends
No landmark was off limits as fans decked out the Air Traffic Control tower at Liverpool Airport
Terry O‘shaughnessy walks proudly with two flags on Penman Crescent in Halewood, Liverpool
Exceptions were the Tennent family, from south London, who were among those who had planned their trip long before Spurs reached the final.
‘It‘s not cost us too much at all, because we bought early,‘ said Gary Tennent, a 57-year-old Tottenham season ticket holder.
He was enjoying the bright Madrid sunshine and 34C temperatures with his daughter Emma, a 25-year-old teacher, and son David, 19, as well as Emma‘s boyfriend Lee Deller, 23.
‘We‘re all huge Tottenham fans, and were determined to be here whatever happened,‘ said Mr Tennent. ‘We‘ve kept costs pretty low, but others are paying a fortune.‘
They included a group of eight Liverpool fans from California and Australia who had spent a combined total of around £40,000 on travel.
‘My airfare for a 25 hour flight from Melbourne was around £2000, and then there‘s that again on a match ticket, and much more still for somewhere to stay,‘ said stockbroker Marlon Mindel, 53.
Mr Tindel, who was travelling with his student son Josh Mindel, 21, added: ‘We‘ve been Liverpool fans all our lives and would not have missed this for the world, no matter what it costs.‘
The Madrid tourist office has put hotel occupancy at close to 100 per cent for the city on Saturday night.
The cheapest room at the Hilton Madrid Airport on Saturday night is more than £2000, while the same one will cost £124 a week later.
Many visitors have bought rooms as far away as Costa Brava, and will travel into Madrid by train.
Ticket touts were meanwhile doing a roaring business, openly offering a place in the Wanda Metropolitano stadium at huge mark-ups on the published prices.
Official tickets worth £50 – the cheapest going – are currently being touted for the equivalent of around £10,000.
With so many fans on the street, some Madrilenos fear the kind of hooliganism which English supporters were once notorious for, despite 4000 police being on the street.
‘We hope nobody will be acting like gorillas, but we know it happens,‘ said Alejadro Alvarez, a café owner in the Puerta del Sol, another famous square already packed with fans.
‘Some bars are actually shutting on Saturday because they don‘t want to risk anything,‘ said Mr Alvarez.
‘English fans do not have a great reputation, but we hope these two clubs can just have a nice party‘.