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Trophy tours Amsterdam in build-up to final

Published: Thursday 9 May 2013, 11.50CET
The UEFA Europa League trophy has been touring the Dutch capital, stopping at a number of the city's famous landmarks ahead of the 15 May final at the Amsterdam ArenA.
by Rob de Leede
from Amsterdam

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Published: Thursday 9 May 2013, 11.50CET

Trophy tours Amsterdam in build-up to final

The UEFA Europa League trophy has been touring the Dutch capital, stopping at a number of the city's famous landmarks ahead of the 15 May final at the Amsterdam ArenA.

The UEFA Europa League trophy has visited some of Amsterdam's best-known landmarks as it continues a tour of the Dutch capital ahead of the 15 May final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC.

As the countdown to the showpiece fixture at the Amsterdam ArenA gathers pace, local fans have had a chance to lift the trophy at a number of significant venues. Immediately after last month's trophy handover ceremony at the iconic Beurs van Berlage building, final ambassador Patrick Kluivert took the silverware on a tour of the city's canal system accompanied by a group of school children.

Since then the trophy has stopped off at Amsterdam Centraal station, Michiel de Ruijter primary school, amateur football club sv Geinburgia, City Hall and the main police station. The famous Rijksmuseum was the next destination with the coveted cup posing for photos alongside Rembrandt and Vermeer before making an appearance at the Royal Netherlands Football Association's (KNVB) head office in Zeist.

On 8 May, the trophy made a journey on a UEFA Europa League-branded tram, giving commuters the opportunity to have their picture taken with both the prize and former AFC Ajax and Netherlands defender Michel Kreek. Today's outing sends the trophy to Sporthallen Zuid for the national futsal day, after which it will go to the following locations:

10 May: Radio Veronica, Naarden
11 May: Schiphol airport
12 May: Olympisch Stadion
14 May: Final Grassroots Tournament, Swift, Olympiaplein

Last updated: 04/12/13 5.10CET

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