NYON: European football federation UEFA has selected Atletico de Madrid’s new Estadio Metropolitano to host the Champions League Final in 2019.
A UEFA statement on this and other issues – including the likely replacement of Brussels by Stockholm or Cardiff in the Euro 2020 finals – was issued after an executive committee meeting in Nyon
The UEFA Executive Committee today met in Nyon to discuss a wide range of matters related to European football and took the following decisions:
Appointment of hosts for the club competitions finals 2019
• UEFA Champions League – 1 June: Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
• UEFA Women’s Champions League – (date TBC): Ferencváros Stadium, Budapest, Hungary
• UEFA Europa League – 29 May 2019: Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
• UEFA Super Cup – 14 August 2019: Beşiktaş Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
A Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of European Professional Football League (EPFL) was approved. Following the amendments to the UEFA statutes approved by the UEFA Congress earlier today, the EPFL will nominate a representative to sit on the UEFA Executive Committee. This representative will require ratification at the next Ordinary UEFA Congress, to be held on 26 February 2018 in Slovakia.
Commenting on the approval of this memorandum, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said, “I am pleased that today we have taken an important step by including the European Professional Football Leagues in our decision-making processes. They are an important stakeholder in European Football and I am looking forward to working closer with them in the future.”
The UEFA Executive Committee received an update on the situation regarding the Eurostadium in Brussels, one of the venues for UEFA EURO 2020, and requested that all relevant permits to start construction, as well as a realistic and guaranteed construction schedule, be obtained by 20 November 2017.
In addition, the committee asked the UEFA Administration to start, in parallel, a fast-track process to develop a replacement option.
The replacement options are Sweden/Stockholm and Wales/Cardiff (both candidates from the original bidding process for UEFA EURO 2020), as well as England/Wembley (the only current host with availability to host all the matches that should be played in Brussels). The UEFA Executive Committee will make a final decision on this matter on 7 December 2017.
Following the resignation of Ángel María Villar Llona from UEFA and FIFA functions, Michele Uva was appointed as a new UEFA vice-president, whereas Fernando Gomes was appointed as a European member to the FIFA Council until the next Ordinary UEFA Congress.
The 2018-19 UEFA Nations League regulations were approved and the format of the competition confirmed (a separate media release will be issued shortly on this topic).
The next meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee will take place in Nyon on 07 December 2017.