Venues set to host major competitions finals in 2020

Football enthusiasts across the European continent will have the chance to enjoy some spectacular occasions this year. Apart from the regular UEFA Champions League and Europa League knockout-phase affairs, the summer 2020 will see the continent’s best national teams battling it out in several cities for the ultimate prize – the European Championship title.

We will go through everything you should need to know about the venues of the final games of each of the aforementioned events. Let’s see which cities got the opportunity to host the big-occasion clashes this year. Football tips will also follow shortly.

UEFA Champions League 2020 Final – Ataturk Olympic Stadium

The Ataturk Olympic Stadium will have the honour of hosting the Champions League final for the second time in its history. Liverpool’s fans will all remember the venue with a smile on their faces as it is the place where the Reds performed the magic coming back from a three-goal deficit and eventually beating Italian Serie A giants AC Milan on penalties. Steven Gerrard was the hero of the generation. Liverpool are flying high this season in all competitions (Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Championship, FA Cup) and they are the reigning champions having beaten Tottenham Hotspur in the last year’s final. Can Jurgen Klopp’s troops go all the way and defend the title at the familiar venue?

The stadium is located in the western Istanbul and it is the largest venue in Turkey with the 76,761 capacity. The place also holds certificates by the IAAF and IOC as a top-class venue for track and field. The Ataturk Olympic Stadium has 134 entrance gates and 148 exits allowing 80,000 spectators to evacuate within eight minutes. Its attendance record was broken back in the 2002 when Galatasaray hosted Olympiacos Piraeus.

UEFA Europa League 2020 Final – Gdansk Stadium

Stadium Energa Gdansk in Poland will play host to the Europa League final for the first time in its history this year. The Polish city won the bid at the expense of Portuguese Estadio Do Dragao who are also in the game for the 2020 UEFA Super Cup. Even though the full name is Stadium Energa Gdansk, the venue will be known only as Stadium Gdanks because of UEFA sponsorship regulations.

The place was among the venues in the 2012 European Championship held in Ukraine and Poland. The stadium with the capacity of 41,620 spectators is home to Ekstraklasa’s Lechia Gdansk and is currently the biggest venue in the Polish top flight. Speaking of all venues in the country, the Energa Gdansk Stadium holds the third place behind National Stadium and Silesia Stadium.

The construction began in 2008 and was completed by 2011 when Lechia Gdansk hosted Cracovia (a 1-1 draw) in the first-ever clash played there. The maiden international affair was the one played on September 6th when Poland hosted neighbouring Germany in a friendly.

UEFA EURO 2020 Final – Wembley

The second-largest stadium in Europe will host the semi-final and the final of the upcoming UEFA EURO 2020. The quadrennial tournament celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and will see its matches played all around the continent. However, the three most important fixtures are scheduled to be held at Wembley.

The biggest UK stadium was opened in 2007 on the site of the famous Wembley Stadium which was demolished in 2002. The old Wembley hosted the 1996 UEFA Euro final. It currently has the capacity of 90,000 spectators and is home to the biggest football events in the United Kingdom. Every single FA Cup final has been played there. There are no doubts the place will offer an electrifying atmosphere on July 12th when two of the best national teams on the continent are about to lock horns in the battle for the silverware.

Southgate accepts he has selection headache for the 2022 World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate has acknowledged that he has a selection headache on his hands for the World Cup in three years’ time. The Three Lions have gone through a transition since the previous global tournament and there has been a particular focus on the young talents, who have impressed with their respective clubs.


Speaking to The Mail, Southgate said that he is currently planning for Euro 2020 given the Three Lions don’t have many games in the lead up to the tournament next summer. He added that plans are already underway with regards to the squad for the 2022 World Cup and there could be a possible selection headache.
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CLUB WORLD CUP IS MEANINGLESS BUT LIVERPOOL NEEDS IT

Participation trophies Boomers always complain about, abound at the highest level of professional soccer yet nobody is talking about it.


Apart from the respective national championships and the continent-wide Champions League, teams are constantly plugged into avenues that make organizers a lot of money while offering the clubs rubber cups.

Even to their detriment.
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Qatar Set to Unveil Third World Cup Stadium at Club World Cup

Qatar is all set to open its doors to a third World Cup 2022 stadium when the Education City Stadium is unveiled later this year. This new stadium will be opening its doors for the first time when the club World Cup 2019 semi-final is hosted on this ground. This match is set to feature Liverpool, who are the current holders of the UEFA Champions League. The stadium, which has been named as the Diamond in the Desert, will be able to hold 40,000 spectators. The semi-final game is scheduled on December 18, which also happens to be Qatar National Day.


Liverpool could come up against one of the home representatives in the form of Al Sadd. The club has a lot of European connections since former Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is in charge of the team. However, Al Sadd need to get past two outfits –Hienghène Sport andCF Monterrey – in order to reach this stage.Hienghène Sport as the representatives from Oceanic Champions League whereas Monterrey are from the CONCACAF region. Only a few days later, Education City Stadium will be given the rights to host the final of the Club World Cup. Since the stadium is located in the centre of Education City, it also happens to be a great hub for the World Cup and it will be hosting games up until the quarter-finals.
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The Best Places to Watch the Bundesliga This Season

The Bundesliga is just hotting up and with plenty of action left to play for it makes for a great opportunity to catch a live Bundesliga match in the heart of the action.

Not only is the Bundesliga the most well supported league in the world in terms of fan attendance but it’s affordable too. Season tickets go for around the €200-300 mark and single ticket can be snapped up for as little as €15. (more…)

Qatar Reveals Al Bayt Stadium with Bed-to-Stadium Access

Extremely rich fans who are visiting Qatar for the World Cup 2022 will be delighted with the extravagant luxury available. One of the most interesting features is seen at the Al Bayt Stadium, which is one of the venues for the World Cup 2022. This 60,000 seater stadium houses its own hotel rooms that provide a one of a kind experience for visitors, who are able to shell a huge amount of money. It is remarkable that these fans will be able to step out of bed and go straight into watching the action on the pitch – all in the comfort of their bathrobe.

Qatar has released footage of the stadium that has provided a glimpse of these rooms. Al Bayt is located in the Al Kohr city’s northernmost part. It is one of the eight stadium’s that have been constructed specifically for the World Cup. Design wise, it is inspired by the nomads in the deserts of Qatar. Aside from the hotel room built within the stadium, other features also include a lake, park, and a retractable roof. Crucially, the roof can be opened or closed in just 20 minutes. (more…)

Jose Antonio Camacho says Lionel Messi can’t be the best without the World Cup

Former Real Madrid and Spain boss Jose Antonio Camacho has said that Lionel Messi cannot be regarded as the greatest player in the world, considering he has not been able to lift the World Cup. The Barcelona star has won everything within reach at the club level but the same has not been the case at the international level, where he has yet to win any trophy.

Messi has come close on three separate occasions including the final of the 2014 World Cup, but on each of those instances, he was left with nothing more than disappointed. This has already led to criticism from a section of the Argentine fans and Camacho has joined in the debate to state that the 32-year-old can only be regarded as a very good player.
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QATAR RELEASES UPDATE ON LUSAIL STADIUM

The 2022 World Cup is about three years away. Host nation Qatar have sped up construction work on key projects, as per reports. One of the biggest projects still under construction is the Lusail Stadium which is expected to be one of the key venues for the tournament.

The Stadium is thought to be right on schedule according to reports from the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy. The body which is in charge of ensuring that the stadiums are constructed on time, released an update about the venue. (more…)

ENGLAND STAR IMPRESSED WITH QATAR 2022 PREPARATION

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is less than 3 years away and there have been intensified preparations for the tournament.

England Women’s national team star Lianne Sanderson revealed that she is impressed with the level of preparation by the club.
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Capello suggests Maradona’s Argentina were better than Messi’s

Former England manager Fabio Capello has said that Lionel Messi has not been helped with Argentina, considering the nation have lacked the quality when it comes to the midfield and defensive departments. The Barcelona star has been criticised for the failure to guide the nation to silverware during his career but Capello believes the problems are lying behind the attacker.

Speaking to Goal.com, Capello said that the current Argentina squad cannot match up with the World Cup winning side under Maradona, given they do not possess standout players in the backline and centre of the park, he said: “People talk about both, but Maradona’s Argentina were stronger and had more quality than Messi’s. He’s had good players in front of him, but in midfield and behind he has missed a defence, that’s the important problem. Messi is extraordinary. He lives thinking about playing and not about business, like for example Neymar does.”
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