Champions League final in Istanbul

Istanbul to host the Champions League final in 2023

The Turkish Football Federation says that there is an agreement with UEFA, after the Champions League final has been moved to Porto.

The UEFA Champions League final in 2023, the year that coincides with the birth year of the Republic of Turkey, will be played in Istanbul after the Turkish metropolis was left without hosting this year’s final, following the announcement yesterday from UEFA that the May 29 match between Manchester City and Chelsea will move to Porto due to British restrictions on traveling to Turkey because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sources from the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) quoted today on condition of anonymity by Turkey’s state news agency Anadolu, assured that an official announcement by UEFA was expected in a matter of days, after Istanbul did not either host the event in 2020 due to the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initially the final of the Champions of the year 2023 was scheduled to be held at the Allianz Arena in Munich, home of Bayern Munich; however, the aforementioned source assures that the TFF and UEFA began negotiations on the issue after this year’s final was suspended due to the pandemic and transferred to the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, which will be able to attend a maximum of 6,000 English fans.

The agreement reached between both parties foresees not only that Istanbul will host the Champions League final in 2023, but also that the UEFA’s Super Cup of next August will also be held in the Turkish city. The Vodafone Park stadium in Istanbul, home of Beşiktaş (current leaders of the Turkish league), already hosted in 2019 the Super Cup in which Liverpool beat Chelsea.