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2007 - The Year where Greece will be a multiple host

In 2007, Greece will host both the euro club final four basketball championship and the soccer champions cup final.

Greece to Host Euroleague Basketball 2007 Final Four (4th time)

The world's foremost ancient and modern capital of sport, Athens, has been chosen to host the 2007 Final Four, Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu announced on Monday in the Greek capital. The event that culminates the season with the crowning of a Euroleague champion will take place in 18,000-seat OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall from May 4 to 6, 2007.

The announcement marks the arrival of European basketball's signature club event to a city that is central to the Euroleague mission. Athens boasts three Euroleague teams, more than any other city: AEK, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. Since the end of the Olympic Games, OAKA has once again become the home court of perennial power Panathinaikos. One of the biggest crowds ever in European basketball history, 18,000 fans, filled sold-out OAKA last spring for the final game of the Euroleague playoff quarterfinals.

Athens becomes the sixth city to host the Euroleague Basketball Final Four, following those played in Bologna, Barcelona, Tel Aviv and Moscow, as well as the next one in Prague, the Czech Republic, from April 28 to 30, the first time the event is being held in a non-Euroleague city.

Mr. Bertomeu was joined by Athens Mayor Dora Bakogianni and Panathinaikos president Pavlos Yanakopoulos for today's announcement and press conference at the City Hall of Athens. "The Final Four is a very important event for the city," Mrs. Bakogianni said. "Athens will have a great responsibility to organize it, but at the same time, this is a great opportunity to confirm our organizational capacity as shown during the 2004 Olympic Games."

"Since the founding of the Euroleague in the summer of 2000, Greece and its clubs have had a very important role in our organization," Mr. Bertomeu said. "Greece is a basketball country, which guarantees we'll have great atmosphere in the stands. I want to thank the mayor, because without the city's great help, this agreement would not have been possible. The choice of Athens as host confirms our policy of alternating between cities with and without teams in the Euroleague. Panathinaikos is proud to collaborate with the Euroleague and our city hall for such a great event," Mr. Yanakopoulos said.

Thessaloniki hosted it in 2000, Athens had it once before back in 1993, and Piraeus had it in 1985.

The saporta cup was hosted in greece in 1968 (Athens), 1972 and 1973 (Thessaloniki) and Piraeus (1989).




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Athens's Olympic Stadium will host its first European final in 2007 since the venue was rebuilt to hold the 2004 Olympic Games. The Greek city previously provided the backdrop to the Champions League showpiece of 1994, when AC Milan and FC Barcelona met at the OAKA Spiros Louis stadium.

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Previous to 1994, Athens also saw the Champions' Cup lifted at the Olympic Stadium - or Spiros Louis stadium - in 1983, the year after it was first inaugurated. On that occasion, Hamburger SV beat Juventus FC 1-0. The ground, which also staged the 1987 Cup Winners' Cup final, was then renovated for the 2004 Olympics.

Greece also hosted the Cup Winners Cup in 1971 and 1973. Look Below:


19.05.71 Real Madrid CF 1-1* Chelsea FC
Karaiskakis stadium, Piraeus (Athens) (42,000)

Replay: 21.05.71 Real Madrid CF 1-2 Chelsea FC
Karaiskakis stadium, Piraeus (Athens) (42,000)


16.05.73 AC Milan 1-0 Leeds United AFC
Kaftantzoglio stadium, Thessaloniki (40,154)
Hristos MICHAS - Greek Referee

This will be our third time hosting a Champions Cup and including hosting three Cup Winners Cup, that will be six altogether).

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I think it is a good progression for the stadium to be used for the Champions cup final after such a predigious event of the olympics........................


I doubt a greek side will be there to win it in thier home country though

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OAKA has been used for a CL final before so it's not all that groundbreaking. But it's nice.
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OAKA has been used for a CL final before so it's not all that groundbreaking. But it's nice.
Well, the Champions Cup final next year will be the first in the newly renovated Olympic Stadium, especially with the new roof...

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1994 - Milan-Barcelona 4-0 Champions League Final
1983 - Hamburg-Juventous 1-0 Champions Cup Final
1987 - Ajax-Leipzig 1-0 Cup Winners Cup Final

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OAKA and Olympic Stadium is the same thing.
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I think he knows that. He just means that it will be the first Euro final in the new and improved OAKA.

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At least it shows Greece is been recognised ofr its stadia considering germany has a countless amount of new stadiums,here in england arsenal have a new stadium,obviously old trafford,but that has already been used and wembley has already beenaccepted ot host a major european final......

Whilst were on the subject,WHY WHY WHY have uefa showed their constant bias towards the french by allowing the Stade de France host its second Champions league final in 6 years i believe
1.Real Madrid vs Valencia -2000

2.Arsenal/Villareal vs Ac Milan/Barcelona - 2006

Surely they could have used another stadium,i find it redicilous to be honest how uefa can let the cup with the big ears be won in the same city and stadium twice in less than a decade

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