The Istanbul Olympic Stadium, the famous Atatürk, won the big battle with Porto’s Dragao. So in 2020 and more specifically on May 30 will host this beautiful stage, the final of the UEFA Champions League for the second time in its history. The first was in 2005 with the superb Liverpool – AC Milan (3-3, the English team prevailed in the penalty shootout).
Ataturk, is the home of national Turkey. It is the largest in the country and has all the modern machines in order to be able to check the slightest. Besides, a great battle was played with the Portuguese side, but the important role played by the “strong man” of Turkish football and the first vice-president of the federation, Servet Yardimci, who is highly appreciated in the European football circles.
Named in honor of Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, the site opened in 2002 and has held major sporting events – including a U2 concert – as well as the home of Istanbul’s Galatasaray Centers (2003/04), Istanbul Başakşehir (2007- 14) and Besiktas (2013-16). Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı is also one of the key elements of Turkey’s effort to host UEFA EURO 2024.
Poland’s Arena Gdansk beat Porto’s Estadio do Dragao for the right to stage the Europa League final, but the Portuguese venue was given the Super Cup as a consolation, while the Women’s Champions League final will be played at Vienna’s Austria Arena.
Apart from allocating these finals, ExCo also approved a new edition of Uefa’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations. The result of a wide consultation, the beefed-up rules, will mean all clubs that want to compete in Uefa competitions must publish more financial information, including payments to agents.
The Uefa’s Financial Control Board will use new indicators to monitor budgets more closely. These indicators will track clubs’ debt ratios and net spends.
The ExCo also approved the schedule for Euro 2020, with Wembley hosting group-stage games on 14, 19 and 23 June, round-of-16 game on 27 June, semi-finals on 7 and 8 July and final on 12 July.
Glasgow’s Hampden Park gets group-stage games on 15, 19 and 23 June, with a round-of-16 match on June 30, and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will host group games on 15, 19 and 24 June and a knockout match on 30 June.
Koumas for Koutsokoumnis
The committee also appointed Cypriot FA president George Koumas to replace compatriot Costakis Koutsokoumnis, who died in March, on the Fifa Council until the 2019 Uefa Congress. The final of the next season will take place on June 1, 2019 at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid.
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