UEFA have announced Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium will host the 2023 Champions League final after it was rescheduled twice.
It was the second time Istanbul faced a cancellation in the tournament as they were also due to host the 2020 final. The final last year was hosted in Lisbon due to the pandemic.
The governing body has also revealed the destinations of the 2022, 2024 and 2025 finals, which are as follows:
- 2022: Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
- 2023: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
- 2024: Wembley Stadium, London, England
- 2025: Fussball Arena München, Munich, Germany
There had been some concern UEFA may not choose to host the event at Wembley following the behaviour of some fans at the Euro 2020 final.
Some supporters broke into the stadium and watched the match between England and Italy without a ticket. There were also reports of violence and anti-social behaviour.
As well as announcing the venues for the Champions League finals, UEFA also revealed the hosts of the Europa League finals.
- 2022: Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium, Seville, Spain
- 2023: Puskás Aréna, Budapest, Hungary
- 2024: Dublin Arena, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
- 2025: San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao, Spain
Dublin and Bilbao missed out on being able to host Euro 2020 matches due to the pandemic and so the finals will be welcomed by bosses.
Football Association of Ireland chief executive Jonathan Hill said in a statement: “We were all disappointed when the COVID-19 pandemic saw the four UEFA Euro 2020 games moved away from Dublin so this really is something to look forward to just three years from now.
“The 2024 Uefa Europa League final will be a landmark event with huge economic benefits for Dublin and for Ireland along with the boost it will give our game in the build-up to the final.”
Villarreal are the reigning Europa League champions after they defeated Manchester United on penalties.
The loss meant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still without a trophy at the club after taking over from Jose Mourinho in 2018.
And after the defeat the boss realised he has to do better.
He said: “No, it’s not a successful season of course. That’s the fine margins in football. Sometimes one kick can decide if a season is successful or not.
“There has been improvement, yes, we were second in the league and nobody really expected that after the start we had and the lack of pre-season.
“The boys have been really good but just came up short tonight on penalties. Trophies matter and that’s what matters at this club, so no (it has not been a successful season).”
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