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Football: Istanbul ready to add European miracles

Football: Istanbul ready to add European miracles
After historic UEFA Champions League final in 2005, Istanbul now look forward to hosting 2019 UEFA Super Cup

By Muhammed Enes Calli

ANKARA (AA) - As the clock ticks down to the 2019 UEFA Super Cup between English clubs Liverpool and Chelsea at Istanbul's Besiktas Park on Wednesday night, the city is already legendary for hosting the 2005 Champions League final, one of the most unforgettable finals in European football history.

''It's wonderful to be back in this beautiful and famous football city for tonight's #SuperCup,'' tweeted UEFA, European football's governing body, on Wednesday.

''Besiktas Park is set to give the world a message of togetherness through football, next to the Bosphorus, where two continents meet," added UEFA.

"As it prepares to host the 2019 UEFA Super Cup on 14 August, the city of Istanbul is ready to offer an experience filled with passion, entertainment, culture and architecture, emulating the festival atmosphere enjoyed by everyone who was there for that memorable Champions League final in 2005.''

In the May 25, 2005 Champions League final, Liverpool faced Serie A giants Milan to win the top-tier European trophy in Istanbul at Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

At the end of the match's first half, Milan dominated the match, 3-0. In the second half, Liverpool scored three goals in an impressive comeback, tying the game.

Neither team were able to score in extra time, and the game went to penalties. Liverpool lifted the Champions League trophy after beating Milan 3-2 on penalties, in a historic night for the English club.

Istanbul also hosted the 2009 UEFA Cup final between Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk and German club Werder Bremen, with Donetsk capturing the cup in a 2-1 match.

In addition, the 2020 UEFA Champions League final will be played in Istanbul at Ataturk Olympic Stadium on May 30.

source: News Feed
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