European football’s governing body Uefa has awarded hosting rights to the 2018 editions of its Champions League final and Super Cup matches to Kiev in Ukraine and Tallinn in Estonia, respectively, while Theodore Theodoridis has been named as the organisation’s general secretary on a permanent basis.
Kiev’s 70,000-capacity Olympic Stadium will stage the 2018 Champions League final on May 26. The venue also staged the final of Uefa’s Euro 2012 national team tournament, which Ukraine co-hosted with Poland.
Uefa announced the news in the Greek capital of Athens after its Executive Committee held its first meeting since Aleksander Ceferin was elected as the body’s president yesterday (Wednesday).
“A historical decision for Ukrainian football was taken in Athens,” Andriy Pavelko, president of the Football Federation of Ukraine, said. “Staging the Champions League final is a victory for every Ukrainian. Now we can greet each other with this feast of football to be held in Kiev.”
The San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy staged this year’s Champions League final on May 28, with Spanish LaLiga side Real Madrid defeating cross-city rival Atlético Madrid on penalties to claim a record 11th title. The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales will host the 2017 final on June 3.
Meanwhile, Tallinn’s Lilleküla Stadium, which has a current capacity of around 10,000, will stage the 2018 edition of the Super Cup on August 14. The game pits the Champions League holders against the winners of the previous season's Europa League, Uefa's secondary club competition.
Real Madrid also won this year’s Super Cup, defeating fellow LaLiga team Sevilla at the Lerkendal Stadion in Trondheim, Norway last month. The Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia will stage the 2017 Super Cup.
Uefa confirmed that a host for the 2018 Europa League final would be announced at a later stage. The Associated Press news agency said the French city of Lyon is in talks to host the event, but tax and security issues still need to be settled.
In other news, Greek official Theodoridis has been named Uefa’s permanent general secretary after holding the role on an acting basis for the past six months. Theodoridis assumed the role in March after Gianni Infantino left to become president of Fifa, the sport’s global governing body. He has been working at Uefa since January 2008, first as director of the national associations division and then as deputy general secretary from October 2010.