In May, the UEFA Executive Committee will give the award to one of the Ataturk Olympic Stadium or Lisbon (Da Luz) to host the UEFA Champions League final of 2020.
The two nominations are excellent and the fans know them well all over Europe. Istanbul with Ataturk Olympic Stadium with a capacity of 76,092 spectators has again hosted the final of this event in 2005 (May 25th). Then one of the top legs in the history of the event took place. Liverpool and AC Milan were facing the challenge.
The Italian team had 3-0 at half-time and everyone believed that in the next 45 ‘something drastic could not be changed and the red devils would leave the stadium holding the heavy prize in their hands. However, they did not calculate the skills of Liverpool’s footballers.
They equalized in 3-3 at an unforgettable second half. The game was driven to prolong, but nothing changed. So he went into the penalty shootout and Liverpool won 3-3 (2-3) to win the prize.
Turkey, is a fact in recent years has made great efforts, especially in the field of sports and more of the popular football. The government, in cooperation with the football federation and sponsors, has gone on to develop an impressive program that is difficult to find in another European country. Many modern stadiums have been built. Their infrastructure is amazing. The fans love football and strengthen their teams but much more go to the stadium when there is an international event.
It is a fact , that Turkey, has made great efforts in the recent years in the field of sport and especially in the most popular of them, football.
The Olympic Stadium is majestic. In whatever position someone sits he has the ability to see everything. The streets from the center of the capital to the stadium have been greatly improved. Then the English fans are true that being drunk had caused problems in the streets
On the other hand, Lisbon’s «Da Luz», with a capacity of 65,647 spectators, hosted the final in 2014 between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid (1-1 regular time), where the first dominated the country with the coach, then Carlo Ancelotti and took the win with 4-1. A beautiful field that you enjoy enjoying.
But no one can overlook that 2014 is just 6 years until 2020, and in 2005 it reaches 15 years. Quite a lot more and of course it is not sensible to take the «green light» in Lisbon. The goal of the leadership of the European Confederation is to have a significant distance from a seat that has organized a final.
Then Turkey has spent many millions of euros wanting to boost its football. As mentioned above, its infrastructure is something amazing. New beautiful stadiums. Many people are always interested in watching a great final. Istanbul airport is an important and focal point not only for Europe but for the whole world, since every day millions of passengers pass there and there are no problems. Contrary to Lisbon, the airport cannot serve so many people.
Istanbul, is worth it and we are confident that the UEFA Executive Committee will be able to welcome it to the final of the UEFA Champions League of 2020.
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