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Champions League final returns to Istanbul as Euro 2020 schedule announced

Champions League final returns to Istanbul as Euro 2020 schedule announced

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24 May 2018
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Uefa has announced that the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, will host the final of its Champions League competition in 2020, while European football’s governing body has also confirmed the schedule for the Euro 2020 national team tournament.

The Atatürk Stadium (pictured) famously hosted the 2005 Champions League final, when English Premier League team Liverpool came back from 3-0 down at half-time to defeat Italian Serie A side AC Milan on penalties.

The stadium serves as the home of the Turkish national team and is one of the venues that forms part of the country's bid to host the Euro 2024 competition.

The announcement has been made ahead of the final of the 2017-18 Champions League final in Kiev between Liverpool and defending champion Real Madrid. The 2019 final will be held at Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Uefa has also announced that Arena Gdańsk in Poland will host the final of its Europa League competition in 2020. The stadium is the home of Polish Esktraklasa side Lechia Gdańsk and hosted four matches during Euro 2012.

The final of the 2018 Europa League took place in Lyon last week and saw Atlético Madrid emerge 3-0 winners over Olympique Marseille. Next year’s final will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, Uefa has awarded the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal, hosting rights for the 2020 Super Cup, which is contested by the winners of the previous season’s Champions League and Europa League. The next two editions of the Super Cup are scheduled for the Lilleküla Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia and Besiktas Stadium in Istanbul.

In other news, the Austria Arena in Vienna has been named as the host of the 2020 Uefa Women’s Champions League final. It will mark the first time that the venue has hosted a major Uefa final. The 2018 Women’s Champions League final takes place tonight in Kiev, with the 2019 match to be held at Ferencváros Stadium in Budapest, Hungary.

Today’s Uefa Executive Committee meeting in Kiev also saw the body confirm the match schedule for the Euro 2020 national team tournament, which will be held across multiple nations.

The tournament kicks off on June 12 at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, with two to four matches to be held every day from then until June 24.

Two round of 16 matches will be held on each day from June 27-30. London and Amsterdam will host on June 27, Bilbao and Budapest will host on June 28, Copenhagen and Bucharest will host on June 29 and Glasgow and Dublin will host on June 30.

Two quarter-finals will take place on July 3, in Saint Petersburg and Munich. Baku and Rome will host the third and fourth quarter-finals the following day. London will host a semi-final on July 7 and July 8, along with the final on July 12.

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