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Geography Mixup Costs Spanish Fans Soccer Cup Final, Index Says

May 11, 2012

Some 400 supporters of Spanish soccer club Athletic Bilbao missed the Europa League cup final after mistakenly flying to the Hungarian capital, Budapest, instead of the Romanian capital, Bucharest, news website reported, without saying where it got the information.

In their absence, their team suffered a 3-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid during the final game of the continent’s second- tier competition on May 9, the website reported today.

The announcer at Bucharest’s National Arena greeted the crowd by saying “Welcome to Budapest,” drawing jeers, Index reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Edith Balazs in Budapest at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at

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