UEFA Champions League Final to Return to San Siro in 2016

Tim FontenaultCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2012

The Champions League Final will return to the San Siro 15 years after Bayern Munich's victory over Valencia.
The Champions League Final will return to the San Siro 15 years after Bayern Munich's victory over Valencia.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

San Siro, the cathedral of Italian football, is expected to host the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final, according to multiple reports.

 

Gazzetta says it will only be announced officially in March but that UEFA has chosen the San Siro to host the 2016 Champions League final

— Francesco (@FRANCESCalciO) December 6, 2012

 

According to the same reports, Berlin will be the site of the 2015 Final.

Also known as the Stadio Guiseppe Meazza, the stadium holds 80,000 people. It is presently the home of rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan. Inter Milan have plans to build their own stadium in the coming years.

The 2016 Final would be the fourth time that the San Siro has hosted the event. It previously hosted in 1965 (Inter 1-0 Benfica), 1970 (Feyenoord 2-1 Celtic) and 2001 (Bayern Munich 1-1 Valencia, Bayern win on penalties).

Inter's appearance in 1965 was the second of four times in European Cup/Champions League history where the tenants of the host stadium appeared in the Final, the other times being 1957 (Real Madrid), 1984 (Roma) and 2012 (Bayern Munich). Only Madrid and Inter won those matches.

The event will also be the first Final in Italy since 2009, when Barcelona defeated Manchester United 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.