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Thursday, 16 May, 2002, 05:51 GMT 06:51 UK
Real great night for football
OPening ceremony
The opening ceremony had a Scottish theme
Thousands of Real Madrid fans are celebrating after their team took the Uefa Champions League title at Hampden.

Glasgow's festival of football ended with a 2-1 victory for the Spanish giants, the ninth time they have lifted the trophy.

The city had been preparing the match for years and the success of the event could go a long way to securing the Euro 2008 championships for Scotland.

From early morning supporters from Real Madrid and Bayern Leverkusen gathered in the city's George Square to celebrate their teams appearance in the cup final.

Strathclyde Police praised the conduct of both sets of fans and said there was no real trouble before or after the game.

A total of 19 arrests were made - five in the stadium and 14 in the city's George Square, all for minor offences.

The match was watched by King Juan Carlos of Spain as well as the German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

Police in George Square Glasgow
Police enter into the spirit of things

Hampden Stadium was packed with 52,000 supporters for the showpiece final which was preceded by a day of festivities in the city.

Rival fans generated a carnival atmosphere ahead of the match and police commended their good-natured behaviour.

Officers also got into the spirit of things on the streets when they posed for photos with Spanish and German fans - and allowed some of them on their motorbikes and others to try on their hats.

About 3,000 fans of all ages were kept entertained in George Square by various activities laid on by the tournament sponsors, including video games, computer skills tests and video footage of some of the highlights from the competition's colourful history.

Opening ceremony

Fans of both teams began taking their seats when the gates opened at 1700 BST, almost three hours before kick-off.

Glasgow's public drinking laws appeared to be relaxed as many fans drank beer openly on their way to the ground.

A noisy crowd of Spanish, German and Scottish fans at the stadium cheered and clapped during the 10-minute opening ceremony.

Edinburgh-based firm Unique Events, specially selected by Uefa, drafted in more than 400 performers to take part in the showcase event.

Bayer Leverkusen fans
The fans gathered in the city centre

Scottish pop duo The Proclaimers were one of the main highlights of the ceremony.

Fife-born brothers Craig and Charlie Reid burst from a giant football in the centre of the pitch before kick-off to belt out their massive 1980s hit, I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

The Proclaimers continued the ceremony's authentic Scottish flavour, which also saw pipe bands and dancers entertain the crowds.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) and the Football Association of Ireland said they hoped the spectacle would help boost their joint bid to host the European Championships in 2008.

Tartan bonnet

The plans of the SFA did not incorporate the appearance of a streaker shortly before the second half began.

The man, wearing a tartan bonnet, ran on to the pitch as the players were gearing up for the whistle.

He kicked the ball from the centre spot and ran with it to the Leverkusen goal.

Fans cheered as the man kicked the ball past the German side's goalkeeper, Hans-Jorg Butt, who let the shot fly past him.

The streaker then got down on one knee and waved to the crowd before being escorted from the pitch by police to a round of applause from fans.

See also:

15 May 02 | Champions League
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15 May 02 | Scotland
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