The final of the Champions League will again not take place in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul as planned. Instead, on Thursday the European Football Union (UEFA) presented the Portuguese Porto as the new venue for the duel between the English clubs Manchester City and Chelsea FC scheduled for May 29th.
The game will be played in the Estadio do Dragao, the venue for the home games of FC Porto and numerous matches of the 2004 European Championship. 6000 tickets will be made available to the fan camps of both clubs. “It was not an option to take the fans away from the game, so I’m happy with this compromise,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.
Istanbul should have hosted the premier class final last year, but due to the corona pandemic, UEFA decided to host a knockout tournament with the eight quarter-finalists in one place.
The choice fell on the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, with its two large arenas. In the “Stadium of Light” Bayern Munich defeated Paris St. Germain in the final on August 23 (1-0).
UEFA was once again forced to act because Turkey has been classified by the British authorities as a high-risk area in connection with the corona pandemic: Therefore, the clubs participating in the final will not be able to travel there either. In the meantime, the Wembley Stadium in London was discussed as a venue. According to UEFA, however, these plans could not be implemented.