The official website for European football

Lisbon to stage 2014 UEFA Champions League final

Published: Tuesday 20 March 2012, 17.37CET
Lisbon will stage its first European Cup final since 1967 after the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica was chosen as the venue for the 2014 UEFA Champions League decider.
Lisbon to stage 2014 UEFA Champions League final
The Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica will stage the 2014 final ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 20 March 2012, 17.37CET

Lisbon to stage 2014 UEFA Champions League final

Lisbon will stage its first European Cup final since 1967 after the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica was chosen as the venue for the 2014 UEFA Champions League decider.

The Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica will stage the 2014 UEFA Champions League final following a decision made at the UEFA Executive Commitee meeting in Istanbul.

Known across the world as the Estádio da Luz (stadium of light), the home of SL Benfica was formally inaugurated in 2003 in time to host several matches – including the final – of UEFA EURO 2004. The arena stands on the site of the original Estádio da Luz, which opened in 1954 and held the final of the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup, where SV Werder Bremen beat AS Monaco FC 2-0.

The Portuguese capital has witnessed just one previous European Champion Clubs' Cup final, back in 1967 when Celtic FC's 'Lisbon Lions' overcame FC Internazionale Milano 2-1 at the Estádio Nacional. Meanwhile, the Estádio José Alvalade, home of Benfica's local rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal, staged the 2004/05 UEFA Cup final, with the host team losing 3-1 to PFC CSKA Moskva.

Benfica will hope to have the chance of competing in the 2014 final at their own ground, with the club boasting an impressive European pedigree. Founded in 1904, they have won a record 32 Portuguese titles and 24 Portuguese Cups, and lifted the Champion Clubs' Cup in successive seasons, 1960/61 and 1961/62. They have also finished runners-up in UEFA's top club competition five times.

Last updated: 21/03/12 1.54CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1771656.html#lisbon+stage+2014+uefa+champions+league+final

UEFA.com features

Handy on the wing: Europe's footballing birds
  • Handy on the wing: Europe's footballing birds
  • Pick of the 2016 WU19 EURO photos
  • Watch Netherlands beat Spain in 2014 final
  • France's Griezmann on 2010 Under-19 triumph
  • The rise of Leicester and England's Jamie Vardy
  • Manchester City signing İlkay Gündoğan in profile
  • EURO cult heroes: 2012 – Jordi Alba
  • Camille Abily introduces champions Lyon
  • EURO history makers: 2012 - Andrés Iniesta
  • Dickenmann and Bussaglia: Wolfsburg's Lyon link
1 of 10