Paris lands 2006 Champions League final

20th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

TALLINN, April 19 (AFP) - The 2006 European Champions League final will be held at the Stade de France, UEFA, European football's governing body said here on Tuesday.

TALLINN, April 19 (AFP) - The 2006 European Champions League final will be held at the Stade de France, UEFA, European football's governing body said here on Tuesday.

The announcement by UEFA's executive committee means next year's final in France will come 50 years after the first final held in the French capital in 1956, when Real Madrid beat Reims 4-3 at the Parc des Princes.

The last final on French soil was in 2000 when Real Madrid beat fellow Spanish club Valencia 3-0 at the Stade de France to the north of Paris.

UEFA also announced the 2007 final would be held in Athens, as well as UEFA Cup finals in 2006 at Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and in 2007 at Hampden Park- home of Scottish Third Division outfit Queen's Park - in Glasgow.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) received plaudits for their handling of the 2002 Champions League final when Real Madrid defeated Bayer Leverkusen and chief executive David Taylor was delighted a major European event was returning to the country.

"This is great news for Scottish football, and the planning starts now to make it an outstanding success," he said.

"The UEFA Champions League final at Hampden Park in 2002 was a marvellous event, and UEFA were enormously impressed not only by the organisation, but also by the enthusiasm of the Scottish people.

"The SFA is highly respected in European football, and we have worked very hard behind the scenes to bring another major final to Glasgow."

© AFP

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