Champions League final set for Baku or Madrid in 2019

Baku’s Olympic Stadium and the future home of Spanish LaLiga club Atletico Madrid will contest the hosting rights for the 2018-19 Uefa Champions League final, European football’s governing body announced today (Friday).

The Azerbaijani capital’s venue has already secured rights to games during the Euro 2020 national team tournament. Atletico’s new Metropolitano Stadium will open later this year when the club moves from its current long-time home – the Vicente Calderon. Both stadiums have capacities of around 70,000.

Selection of a host will be made in September as Uefa returns to a bidding process for its showpiece club events. The bidding procedure for the selection of the venues to host the finals of the Champions League, Europa League, Women’s Champions League and Super Cup in 2019, was launched on December 9, with a January 27 deadline set for national associations to express their interest.

This season’s Champions League final will be held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, while the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, has secured rights to the 2017-18 game. While the Champions League final has only attracted two bids, the Europa League game has drawn seven, with Baku again in contention.

Euro 2020 venue Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland and the home stadiums of Besiktas in Istanbul, Turkey and Sevilla, Spain have also entered bids. Germany has put forward two venues – Frankfurt and Stuttgart – though only one can be officially considered. The other contender is Tbilisi, Georgia, which has hosted a Super Cup.

This year’s Europa League final will be played at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, while the 2017-18 game will take place at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France.

The 2019 Super Cup has attracted 10 proposals for the annual game pitting the rival victors of the Champions League and Europa League against each other. These include Hampden Park and the Besiktas Arena. Poland has made two applications in the shape of Arena Gdansk and Warsaw’s Stadion Narodowy.

Elsewhere, bids have also come from Qemal Stafa Stadium in Tirana, Albania; Stadium de Toulouse in France; Flórián Albert stadion in Budapest, Hungary; Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, Israel; Astana Arena in Kazakhstan and Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The 2018-19 Women’s Champions League final rights will be contested between Hampden Park; Eden Arena in Prague, Czech Republic; Flórián Albert stadion; Astana Arena; Darius & Girenas Stadium in Kaunas, Lithuania and Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in Madrid, Spain.