Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Milan 'San Siro' to host 2016 Champions League final

Italy’s northern city Milan will host the Champions League final in 2016 at San Siro stadium, Italy’s leading sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport said on Monday.

According to the newspaper, the UEFA leaders have found an agreement which will be made official on Sept. 18.

A renovation plan of the stadium worth 60 million euros (77 million U.S. dollars) to be completed by 2016 has convinced the UEFA that Milan was the best choice to host the final, La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote.

“The last fears have been removed,” Sports Councillor of the Milan Municipality Chiara Bisconti was quoted as saying by the Milan-based newspaper.

The fact that a year earlier Milan will host the world exposition – which will run from May 1 to Oct. 31 in 2015 – has reassured the UEFA that the ongoing construction works of a new subway station in the stadium area will also be completed, she said.

The last time that Italy hosted a final of the Champions League was in 2009, at the Stadio Olimpico in capital Rome, when Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0.

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