The Man Who Gatecrashed the Champions League Final

The Man Who Gatecrashed the Champions League Final

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Federico Farcomeni
Federico Farcomeni

The famous gate-crasher has struck again, crashing Saturday's Champions League final in true style. In 2011, Gaspare Galasso pulled a similar stunt at the Italian Cup final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome between Inter and Palermo. But this time the prize was much bigger, with the San Siro in Milan playing host to the heavily guarded (at least on paper…) Champions League final. His tactics are relatively simple – he studies his entry routes, carefully chooses his clothing and then takes advantage of moments of euphoria.

Five years ago, Galasso – who can also boast to have gate-crashed the “Big Brother” final in Italy – having managed to sneak in at the Olimpico Stadium using the simple trick of wearing Palermo official polo shirt and tracksuit.

"Normally, we get there at the same time of the team’s coach. At the final, those at the gate didn’t even ask for our Italian FA card because they would feel ashamed not to recognise two that were regarded as players”

Galasso explained at the time. Him and close friend Antonino Massei managed to sit in VIP seats during the final, take pictures with famous referee Pierluigi Collina and Italy assistant Coach Angelo Peruzzi. It was a surreal experience for two Palermo supporters. The duo almost made it to the losers’ medals, but eventually decided that it was too much and just enjoyed the occasion.

Galasso and Massei had already managed to perform a dress rehearsal in the game against Roma some months earlier, when they managed to take pictures with Francesco Totti and then have lunch at the private VIP rooms of the Olimpico . When in Palermo, they went to visit the hotels where Parma and Lazio were based and promised to both Mauro Zarate and Sebastian Giovinco, that they would meet them again in their dressing rooms in the reverse fixtures. The players didn’t take them seriously yet they were left speechless when they found the two gate-crashers had actually made it!

The following season, Galasso decided to take one step further and made it again when Napoli won the Coppa Italia, denying Juventus the double. The Messina-born guy again disguised as an academy player even managed to invade the pitch, hugging Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi, and then joining Napoli’s team photo with the cup. 

Last Saturday in Milan, Galasso pretended to be the head of stewarding staff in what was widely regarded as the most heavily guarded final in Champions League history. With this simple trick, he managed to deceive security and took selfies with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and president Florentino Pérez.

Rather than Real Madrid, Galasso was the real Champion of Europe!

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