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Moscow handed 2008 Champions final

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LONDON, England -- Next season's Champions League final will take place in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, UEFA's Executive Committee announced on Wednesday.

The 84,745-seater stadium last week became the first ground to stage a Champions League group stage match on artifical turf when Spartak Moscow drew 1-1 with Sporting Lisbon.

The City Of Manchester Stadium, home of Premier League Manchester City, will host next season's UEFA Cup final.

The decisions came following the first day of a two-day meeting of the Executive Committee in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana.

Officials said the 2009 Champions League climax will take place at Rome's Olympic Stadium with that year's UEFA final at Fenerbahce's Sukru Saracoglu ground in Istanbul, Turkey.

The choice of Champions venues spells disappointment for London's troubled Wembley where work on the new stadium should finish early next year.

Moscow's Luzhniki became the first ground to stage a Champions League group stage match on artifical turf.



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