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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 April, 2005, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Uefa Cup final awarded to Hampden
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Hampden also hosted the Champions League final in 2002
Hampden Park has been chosen to host the Uefa Cup final in 2007.

The Glasgow venue got the vote ahead of the City of Manchester Stadium and other bidders considered by European football's governing body.

SFA chief executive David Taylor said: "This is great news for Scottish football and the planning starts now to make it an outstanding success.

"The Champions League final at Hampden Park in 2002 was a marvellous event and Uefa were enormously impressed."

Taylor suggested that it was not only his organisation but the "enthusiasm of the Scottish people" that had helped win Europe's second biggest cup competition for Glasgow.

Real Madrid defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in an exciting 2002 Champions League showpiece, which received plaudits for events both on and off the park, in front of 52,000 fans.

'Hard work'

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

Eindhoven has been chosen to host the 2006 final, Uefa's executive committee having chosen the sites during a two-day meeting ahead of the Uefa Congress.

The choice of Hampden for 2007 will be seen by the Scottish FA as further justification for its sometimes criticised decision to upgrade the stadium, which is also the home for Scottish Third Division outfit Queen's Park.

'Alternative' home

Critics have suggested that the 74m spent since 1990 was unnecessary when Glasgow already had two major stadiums, the 60,500 capacity Celtic Park and Rangers' Ibrox Stadium, which can hold 50,400.

Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium, the home of Scottish rugby, which can hold 67,500, had also been touted as an alternative national home for football.

Hampden, originally built in 1903, was the venue for arguably the most memorable European Cup final, Real Madrid's 7-3 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960, watched by more than 130,000 spectators.

The stadium played host to the European Cup final of 1976, when Bayern Munich defeated St Etienne 1-0.

It was also the venue for Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Liverpool in the 1966 European Cup Winners' Cup final.

Benefits to city

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Lesley Sawers said the match could be worth up to 20m for the city.

The average visitor to Glasgow spent 400 a day, she said, but some fans would stay longer, creating a spin-off into future tourism.

"For our fans, obviously it would be great if a Scottish team qualified, but from a tourism point of view, we must hope that clubs from easily accessible and wealthy countries like England, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Belgium or Greece get to the final," she added.



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