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The Celtic Football Club is a Scottish football club based in the Parkhead area of Glasgow, which currently plays in the Scottish Premier League. The club was established in 1887, and played its first game in 1888. Among the clubs nicknames include The Bhoys, the Hoops and the Celts.

In 1967, Celtic became the first British team, and only Scottish team, to win the European Cup, the players, subsequently known as the Lisbon Lions, were all born within a 30-mile radius of Parkhead. Celtic won every competition they entered that season: the Scottish League Championship, the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, the European Cup and the Glasgow Cup. Celtic also reached the 1970 European Cup Final, but were beaten by Feyenoord 2-1.

In 2003 Celtic reached the UEFA Cup final, where they lost 32 to FC Porto. Over 80,000 Celtic supporters travelled to Seville, despite many lacking match tickets. Celtic fans received awards from UEFA and FIFA for their behaviour at the match. In April 2008 the club was estimated to have a fan base of nine million people, including one million in North America.

Together with their Glasgow rivals, Rangers, they form the Old Firm, one of the most famous and fierce rivalries in sport.

The club's traditional playing colours are green and white hooped shirts with white shorts and white socks.


Celtic's home stadium is Celtic Park, the biggest football stadium in Scotland, with a capacity of 60,832. The stadium consists of three large double-tiered stands which extend around three-quarters of the pitch and a lower double-tier main stand, which contains the Celtic museum. These stands completely encircle the pitch.

The Jock Stein Stand (capacity 13,006), at the west end of the stadium, is the traditional 'Celtic End'. Away fans are normally accommodated in part of the Lisbon Lions Stand, which also holds 13,006. The North Stand, which is the largest stand in Scottish football, is situated on the site of the old enclosure known as "The Jungle" and can house a further 26,970 fans. The Main (south) Stand holds 7,850 and has two retractable poles to support the roof when a game is not being played. The North Stand alone has a greater capacity than 10 of the stadiums used in the Scottish Premier League and five of the stadiums used in the English Premier League during the 200910 season.

There are two large screens inside the ground for showing highlights and replays on matchdays, which can be lowered for maintenance work.