St. Petersburg to host 2022 Champions League final, Istanbul to try again in 2023
July 20 – Third time lucky? Istanbul will host the 2023 Champions League final, UEFA confirmed, while Dublin and Bilbao also won the big club finals after dropping out of hosting Euro 2020 matches.
Istanbul has twice been stripped of the rights to organize the Champions League final due to the global health pandemic, with the 2020 and 2021 finals both being moved to Portugal at the eleventh hour. In 2023, however, the flagship match is finally set to take place in the Turkish capital.
Istanbul hosted Liverpool’s victory over AC Milan in 2005. Dubbed the ‘Istanbul mirtacle’, Liverpool were 3-0 down at halftime but came back to tie the game 3-3 full time, then win on penalties.
Istanbul will also host the draws for the 2021 and 2022 Champions League group stages. The Turkish Football Association said: “The selection of Turkey as the host of an exceptional start-to-season event such as the UEFA premiere has boosted confidence in our country in hosting international events.”
Next year’s Champions League final will take place in St. Petersburg. Wembley Stadium in London, the scene of shameful scenes before, during and after the recent Euro 2020 final, will host the 2024 final with that in Munich postponed to 2025.
The Irish capital was rewarded with the final of the Europa League 2024. A year later, Bilbao hosts the match. The two cities had to withdraw from the organization of Euro 2020 because local health authorities did not give the green light to supporters attending matches, a requirement imposed by Europe’s governing body. Bilbao will also host the 2024 Women’s Champions League final.
Seville and Budapest will respectively host the Europa League final in 2022 and 2023.
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