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Millennium Stadium is set for Champions League final

By Simon Peach

The Champions League final is coming to Wales for the first time after Uefa announced the Millennium Stadium as host of the 2017 edition.

Despite missing out on matches for Euro 2020, Cardiff has long been reported to be among the frontrunners to host European football's flagship club match.

Uefa's executive committee convened in Prague on Monday to discuss the appointment of club competition final venues in two years' time and decided upon the Millennium Stadium for the Champions League.

The 74,154-capacity stadium will host the final on June 3, 2017, with the Women's finale taking place at the Cardiff City Stadium on June 1.

"We went to Cardiff for the Super Cup last year - the Cardiff City Stadium for Real Madrid against Sevilla," Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino said.

"Cardiff is certainly a beautiful city but, more importantly, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is one of the few stadiums that can host a Champions League final. It is only deserved that a city like Cardiff and such an historic association of Uefa, the Welsh Football Association, can host the most prestigious club event."

The news comes with Wales on the verge of qualification for next year's European Championship in France.

Gareth Bale has been integral to that success and the Real Madrid winger is already dreaming of returning to his home city for the Champions League in 2017.

"These are exciting times for Welsh football," Bale, who won the Super Cup in Cardiff last year, said. "I know how passionate the Welsh football fans are so it's great the Uefa Champions League final is coming to my home city of Cardiff."

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