Uefa, football’s European governing body, is considering a plan to stage the Champions League final on August 29 in the Turkish city of Istanbul as part of a proposal that would also see the Europa League final be held three days earlier in Gdansk, Poland.
Earlier this month, Uefa put all of its competitions on hold amid the ongoing shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Uefa did not set a potential return date for the Champions League and Europa League, which were suspended “until further notice”.
Uefa’s executive committee is set to meet next Thursday, when the plans for completing the two campaigns will be discussed in more detail. The Associated Press news agency, citing a source familiar with the planning, said that Uefa is aiming to play the Champions League final at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium at the end of August, three months after it was originally scheduled to take place.
The AP’s source said that this would only be possible if European leagues can resume their own domestic seasons in July or August. So far, no European league has spelled out a return date.
The Champions League and Europa League were both postponed during the round of 16 stage of the respective competitions. Four of the eight Champions League quarter-finalists have been confirmed but all of the round of 16 Europa League ties still need to be completed, with two matches involving Spanish and Italian teams yet to even play their first legs.
The BBC has reported that Uefa is considering two scenarios to finish the campaigns. One would see the quarter-finals and semi-finals played as regular two-legged affairs in July and August, while the other would result in matches being played as one-off fixtures following the conclusion of the domestic seasons, effectively creating an end-of-season ‘mini-tournament’.
Uefa has already postponed this summer’s European Championships national team tournament until 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The play-off matches to decide the remaining spots for the event, have also been postponed.