Sir Alex Ferguson: Hampden perfect for Euro 2020

SIR Alex Ferguson believes Hampden’s status as the venue for one of the greatest ever European Cup finals should make it a leading candidate to become a Euro 2020 host.

Hampden has staged six Uefa club competition finals. Picture: Getty
Hampden has staged six Uefa club competition finals. Picture: Getty

Uefa has announced plans to mark its 60th anniversary by staging the European Championship across the continent.

And the retired Manchester United boss insists the rich history attached to Scotland’s national stadium cannot be 
ignored by the governing body’s executive committee when it announces the 13 host cities on Friday.

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The 52,000-capacity Glasgow stadium has staged six Uefa club competition finals – including Real Madrid’s famous 7-3 win that saw them claim the 1960 
European Cup.

A then 18-year-old Ferguson, who kicked-off his career at the stadium as a Queen’s Park player, was there to see the Spanish 
giants win and told how it left a lasting impression on him.

Ferguson – twice a Champions League winner with the Red Devils – told the Scottish Football Association’s official website: “Everyone who is involved in the decision making of this only has to look back at the six finals for a start, and each time the clubs who represented their countries in these particular games will have fond memories of it.

“There was a documentary recently on (Alfredo) Di Stefano where he spoke about his five finals, and he made a special reference to the people in Glasgow and the atmosphere in the 
stadium.

“If anyone watched the Commonwealth Games, it was a perfect example of why Glasgow still has this wonderful atmosphere, and also the friendship.

“There was a great slogan attached to the Commonwealth Games that said that, ‘People Make Glasgow’ which is absolutely correct.

“Along with this great history of six finals and with that special occasion against Real Madrid in everyone’s mind, I think that Glasgow can create that again.”