On that day

Five great UEFA Cup finals

May 13, 2009
By John Brewin
When Werder Bremen or Shakhtar Donetsk lift the vase-like trophy in Istanbul on Wednesday, they will become the last winners of the UEFA Cup. The trophy's history has been convoluted since it replaced the old Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, itself a curio that once saw teams selected from cities, giving rise to a London XI team competing in the final of the first version, which lasted three years.

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