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San Siro to host 2016 Champions League final

15 November 2013, 19:05

Milan - Milan's San Siro stadium will host the Champions League final in 2016, the city council announced on Friday.

The San Siro is currently shared by Italian Serie A sides AC Milan and Inter but is expected to undergo renovation work in the lead-up to 2016, by which time a new, dedicated metro line is expected to be up and running.

A statement from the city council, citing the city's Councillor for Sport, Chiara Bisconti, said: "It is testimony to our efforts that we have been able to attract this major football showpiece back to Milan.

"Milan in the next three years will host prestigious events like the Final Four of the Euroleague Basketball, the Heineken (European) Cup rugby, and now also the Champions League.

"Work is ongoing because by that time the Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) stadium will have new features. We have a new metro line project and further projects to make the stadium more environmentally sustainable."

AC Milan are Italy's most successful club in the Champions League and it's predecessor the European Cup, triumphing seven times. City rivals Inter, three-time winners, were the country's last victors in 2010.

The San Siro last hosted the final in 2001 when, after a 1-1 draw, Bayern Munich beat Valencia 5-4 on penalties.




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