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Champions League to be completed in Lisbon

rte: UEFA are set to complete the Champions League with a ‘Final Eight’ tournament held over 11 days in Lisbon, according to a plan which will be presented to their executive committee for ratification tomorrow.

A source with knowledge of discussions between clubs and European soccer’s governing body told Reuters that the proposal is expected to be agreed upon after a consensus was reached on Monday.

UEFA did not respond to a request for comment.

Under the plan the competition, which was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will resume with the second legs of remaining last-16 games played at the scheduled venues.

The single leg quarter-final games will be played in Lisbon on four straight days from 12 to 15 August.

The semi-finals will take place on 18 and 19 August and the final on 23 August in the Portuguese capital.

The plan allows for a quicker completion of the season than the traditional two-legged home-and-away format but does mean the competition will have six fewer games which will cost UEFA broadcast revenue.

The games are likely to be shared between Lisbon’s two major stadiums – Benfica’s Estadio da Luz and Sporting Lisbon’s Jose Alvalade stadium.

Organisers are proceeding on the basis that matches will be played behind closed doors but UEFA is understood to have left the door open for possible changes should public health conditions in Portugal allow.

The teams already qualified for the quarter-finals are France’s Paris St Germain, Italy’s Atalanta, Spain’s Atletico Madrid and Germany’s RB Leipzig.

The remaining last-16 second-leg fixtures are Manchester City’s home leg against Real Madrid, Chelsea’s trip to Bayern Munich, Juventus’s home game against Olympique Lyonnais and Napoli’s visit to Barcelona.

Istanbul was due to host the 2020 final but will now, instead be the venue for the 2021 edition, with all other scheduled hosts moving back a year.

A similar format will be used to decide the Europa League competition at German venues from 10 August.

The remaining last-16 games will be held at neutral venues in Germany with the ‘Final Eight’ held in Duisburg, Duesseldorf, Gelsenkirchen and Cologne.

Manchester United, AS Roma and Inter Milan are among the teams still involved in the Europa League.

The traditional opener to the European season, the UEFA Super Cup, is expected to be held in Budapest on 24 September.

Source: Published by rte

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Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
3 months ago

Nice one, I can’t wait

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
3 months ago

Wow that’s really great to hear.

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
3 months ago

So excited!!

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
3 months ago

Great news about the round leather game. Most especially The Champions League

Deborah folami anuoluwapo
Deborah folami anuoluwapo
3 months ago

Wow that’s really great to hear.

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
3 months ago

That’s good

Raheeem mustapha abiodun
Raheeem mustapha abiodun
3 months ago

Good plan

Ayorinde Olanrewaju
Ayorinde Olanrewaju
3 months ago

Wow! that’s amazing

Ayorinde Olanrewaju
Ayorinde Olanrewaju
3 months ago

Wow! can’t just wait

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
3 months ago

Nice decision by uefa

Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
3 months ago

good news

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
3 months ago

Wow it sounds good to my hearing

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
3 months ago

This is problem. Every team left will take it serious.

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
3 months ago

That’s good

Chiemerie Nnam
Chiemerie Nnam
3 months ago

That will be great, I have really missed champion league

Praise Akpumi
Praise Akpumi
3 months ago

Very nice can’t wait

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
3 months ago

Very interesting to know

Justine
Justine
3 months ago

Wonderful, I’m so excited to hear this…

Okwu Godswill okechukwu
Okwu Godswill okechukwu
3 months ago

Interesting

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
3 months ago

Can’t wait fr d UCL 2 return n Chelsea knocked out immediately

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
3 months ago

Good. It’s even better

Joseph Odeigua
Joseph Odeigua
3 months ago

Woow! very good. can’t wait to see them in action..

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
3 months ago

The plan on where to play the remaining matches is not a bad one

Onyemechi Francis uche
Onyemechi Francis uche
3 months ago

That’s good

Oyewale Emmanuel
Oyewale Emmanuel
3 months ago

nice idea

Olawoore Tesleem
Olawoore Tesleem
3 months ago

CR7 will lift the trophy in his hometown.

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
3 months ago

Nice update

Juliet chinyere
Juliet chinyere
3 months ago

I think this one go favor barca cuz na only one leg, no need to bottle in 2nd leg again

Lawal Oladimeji
Lawal Oladimeji
3 months ago

WOW so excited

Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
3 months ago

Its a good plan in place as it will help the champions League tournament

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
3 months ago

Nice update.

UzomaComfort
UzomaComfort
3 months ago

Quiet interesting to know. It will be so exciting

Israel Ekhosuehi
Israel Ekhosuehi
1 month ago

That is perfect