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Veneto chosen to stage Regions' Cup finals

Italy's Veneto will stage the 8th UEFA Regions' Cup from 22–29 June, with the host team having won the first edition of the world's top amateur tournament on home soil in 1999.

Veneto, the host team for the 2013 UEFA Regions' Cup
Veneto, the host team for the 2013 UEFA Regions' Cup ©www.lnd.it

The UEFA Regions' Cup will go back to its roots for its eighth edition, with the hosts – and winners – of the inaugural tournament, Veneto of Italy, to stage the finals from 22–29 June.

Europe's top competition for amateur players will be held over seven days in the region near Venice, with the exact venues to be confirmed. The final tournament will be contested by eight teams, divided into two groups of four, with matches on 22, 24 and 27 June, and the two section winners meeting in the decider on Saturday 29 June. The draw for the finals is scheduled for early May.

Veneto were chosen as hosts, as one of the five sides who have already qualified for the tournament, winning all three of their Group 8 games without conceding a goal. The other teams already certain to be competing are Selección Catalana (Spain), Isloch (Belarus), East Region (Hungary) and Olimp (Russia), with three more intermediary round mini-tournaments still to be played between 6 March and 26 April.

Veneto won the first UEFA Regions' Cup in 1999. Michele De Toni scored the winner in extra time as they overcame Madrid 3-2 at the Estadio Comunale di Abano Terme.