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sports Updated: May 21, 2008 12:27 IST

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Wednesday’s all-English final will be the third same-country final following the all-Spanish clash between Real Madrid and Valencia in Paris in 2000, which Real won 3-0, and the all-Italian match between AC Milan and Juventus in Manchester in 2003 which Milan won 3-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Wednesday’s final will be the 53rd since the competition started in 1955-56 and England are guaranteed an 11th success, bringing them level with Italy and Spain as the most successful countries.

It is the fourth successive season that England have been represented in the final following Liverpool’s success in 2005, Arsenal’s defeat in 2006 and Liverpool’s defeat last season.

Moscow will be staging the final for the first time, nine years after it staged the UEFA Cup final between Parma and Olympique Marseille.

United manager Alex Ferguson will become the 16th man to win the European Cup more than once if United triumph, following his success in 1999.