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Amsterdam basks in Europa League final spotlight

Published: Wednesday 15 May 2013, 15.15CET
With anticipation rising ahead of the UEFA Europa League final, we take a look at preparations in the city centre, stadium and beyond as the Dutch capital gains a blue and red hue.
 
 
Published: Wednesday 15 May 2013, 15.15CET

Amsterdam basks in Europa League final spotlight

With anticipation rising ahead of the UEFA Europa League final, we take a look at preparations in the city centre, stadium and beyond as the Dutch capital gains a blue and red hue.

Anticipation is rising in Amsterdam ahead of the 2013 UEFA Europa League final, and as SL Benfica, Chelsea FC and the refereeing team put the finishing touches to their preparations, we looked wider afield.

The Dutch capital's streets are awash with colour, with the distinctive cityscape final branding lining pavements already being well-trodden by supporters and even the odd Red Devil. The Amsterdam ArenA's transformation from home of AFC Ajax to home of the UEFA Europa League is well under way, while 7km north is a more permanent change: on Tuesday, UEFA President Michel Platini opened a mini-pitch funded by UEFA's grassroots programme to mark the final.

To watch all this and more, click on the video player above.

Last updated: 15/05/13 22.45CET

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