During its first meeting of 2004, the UEFA Executive Committee has chosen
the venues for the 2005 club competition finals.
The Champions League final will be taken to the Atatrk Olympic Stadium in
Istanbul. The stadium holds 80,000 spectators and will be hosting a UEFA
competition final for the first time.
Meanwhile, the UEFA Cup final has been awarded to Portugal. The venue for
the Euro 2004 final match, Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon, will now host
two final matches in the near future. The owners of the British candidate
venues, St James' Park in Newcastle, Sunderland's Stadium of Light and
Hampden Park, have according to the BBC given their congratulations to
their Portuguese counterparts, also saying they are not bitter about the
decision made by UEFA.
But why, not knowing obviously what the other considered candidates have
been, do I get the feeling that UEFA might be trying to make up to the
Turkish football what they did by moving those two matches last Autumn to
Germany? I'm sure that given the necessary effort, it could very well be
possible to host an excellent match event in Turkey or anywhere else in
Hmm. I wonder what effects would a last-minute terrorist
threat have this time around?