AP Source: UEFA Eyes ‘Champions’ Final In August

UEFA hopes that the Champions League final can take place in the last days of August in Istanbul, three months after the originally scheduled date.

The goal is to hold the title match on August 29 at the Turkish city Ataturk Olympic Stadium, a person close to the planning told The Associated Press on Thursday.


However, that source said the date will only be feasible if Europe’s national leagues resume activity around July and August, an aspiration expressed by UEFA in a letter sent to national clubs and federations two weeks ago.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity, not having authorization to discuss plans before the UEFA talks, scheduled for next week.

Any plan to resume competitions so far is only a hope, as large parts of Europe remain under confinement to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus.

Sport was practically paralyzed on the continent for a month, when governments banned mass gatherings.

Originally, the Champions League final was scheduled for May 30, before UEFA interrupted the event on March 23.

The plan would aim for the Champions League and Europa League to resume once the national league seasons are underway. The two European tournaments were interrupted during the round of 16 round.

UEFA will discuss possible scenarios to complete the season and hold the Champions League final on Tuesday, when it holds remote conferences with national federations. For Thursday of next week, a talk by the executive committee is scheduled.

None of the major leagues in Europe has set a date when they plan to resume the matches. UEFA has asked leagues not to end their campaigns prematurely and warns that doing so would jeopardize their teams’ tickets to upcoming European competitions.