Uefa, the governing body for soccer in Europe, has announced that Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium will host the 2020 Champions League final.
The Turkish national team’s home last staged the final of European club soccer’s premier competition in 2005, when English side Liverpool staged a stunning comeback to beat AC Milan of Italy on penalties after being 3-0 down at half-time.
Uefa’s decision was welcomed by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), which is currently bidding to host the 2024 Uefa European Championship. The Atatürk Olympic Stadium features prominently in Turkey’s bid to stage the international tournament, with confirmed plans to upgrade the 76,000-seater venue in time for the event.
“We are absolutely delighted to be announced as host of the Uefa Champion’s League final in 2020 – an event that is truly one of the crown jewels in the European and global football calendars,” said TFF president Yıldırım Demirören.
“To have the final bestowed upon us for a second time is a strong demonstration of the trust and faith of the European football family, and of Uefa, in Turkey and our ability to host an exceptional international final that will showcase football and our nation to the world.”
Uefa has also awarded the 2020 Europa League final to Gdansk in Poland, while Portuguese side FC Porto’s Estádio do Dragão will stage the 2020 Super Cup match between the winners of the previous year’s Champions League and Europa League. In addition, the Austria Arena in Vienna will welcome the 2020 Uefa Women’s Champions League final.
This year’s Champions League final between Liverpool and current title-holders Real Madrid takes place in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday, while next year’s final will be staged at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano in Spain.