The Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul will host the last final match in the 38-year history of the UEFA Cup before the competition becomes the UEFA Europa League, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Werder Bremen vie to become the last winners of this competition, according to the official Web site of UEFA.
"I'm sure we'll see an exciting game between teams with two different styles. Bremen are always attack-minded, they are a very physical team. Our style is based on our skill which we'll try to use to take control of the game," Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu said.
His opposite number Thomas Schaff called for a show of courage, explaining: "We have to be assertive. It will be a hot match, but a final is never easy and we're happy to face this challenge."
The finalists have been doing that all campaign. Both were pushed to the limit against domestic rivals FC Dynamo Kyiv and Hamburger SV respectively in the semi-finals and having got this far Lucescu is enjoying the moment. "I'm very happy to return to Istanbul," said the Romanian, who won the Turkish title with both Galatasaray AS and Besiktas JK. "I love this city. Playing in the UEFA Cup final is a dream for any player, and I'm happy mine have fulfilled it," he added.
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