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2016 UEFA Europa League Final

2016 UEFA Europa League Final
Event 2015–16 UEFA Europa League
Date 18 May 2016
Venue St. Jakob-Park, Basel
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The 2016 UEFA Europa League Final will be the final match of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, the 45th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 7th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It will be played at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland on 18 May 2016.[1]

The winners will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League in the 2016 UEFA Super Cup. They will also qualify to enter at least the play-off round of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, and will enter the group stage if the berth reserved for the Champions League title holders is not used.

Venue

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The St. Jakob-Park in Basel will host the final.

The St. Jakob-Park was announced as the venue of the final at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, on 18 September 2014.[1] This will be the first European club final hosted at the stadium, although the previous stadium of the same name, the St. Jakob Stadium, which opened in 1954 for the 1954 FIFA World Cup and closed in 1998, hosted four European Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1969, 1975, 1979 and 1984.

The current St. Jakob-Park, nicknamed "Joggeli" by fans, was built in 1998 and opened in 2001, and is the home stadium of FC Basel. It hosted six matches at UEFA Euro 2008, including the opening match and a semi-final. Its current capacity is 38,512, but is reduced to nearly 36,000 seats for UEFA competitions.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Milan to host 2016 UEFA Champions League final". UEFA.org (Union of European Football Associations). 18 September 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Basle awarded 2016 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. 18 September 2014. 

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