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Kiev to host 2018 UEFA Champions League final

Kiev’s NSK Olimpiyskyi Stadium has been chosen to host the 2018 UEFA Champions League final.

The final, which will be held on 26 May 2018, will be the first such decider played at the Olympic National Sports Complex in the Ukrainian capital.

However, the stadium is no stranger to big occasions: Dynamo Kiev took on Bayern München there in the 1975 UEFA Super Cup second leg, while it was also a venue in the 1980 Olympics and UEFA EURO 2012, staging five games including the final.

The 2017 Champions League final will take place on 3 June at Cardiff’s National Stadium of Wales.

The NSK Olimpiyskyi Stadium has a UEFA capacity of 68,000 and it plays host to Dynamo Kiev and Ukraine for international matches.

It was first opened in August 1923 and underwent reconstruction work in 1941, 1968, 1980, 1999 and 2011.

Built on the site of the 1913 All-Russian Exhibition in order to host the Second All-Ukrainian Spartakiad (or Games), the ground was opened as the Trotsky Red Stadium on 12 August 1923. Trotsky’s name was removed the next year, and the arena became home to Zheldor – now Lokomotiv – Kyiv.

A rebuild followed ahead of the 1980 Olympics, where the rebranded Republican Stadium staged seven matches including a quarter-final.

Given its current name in 1996 after Ukrainian independence, it has been the national stadium and has been used by the Ukraine team as well as for big games involving local clubs and the Ukrainian Cup final.

The present stadium was constructed in time for UEFA EURO 2012, where it hosted five fixtures including the final.

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