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2020 Champions League Final in Istanbul

Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium will host the 2020 Champions League final, 15 years after it provided the stage for Liverpool’s memorable comeback against AC Milan to claim the 2005 title.

The decision to give European club football’s biggest game to the Turkish venue was the main decision taken by Uefa’s executive committee in Kiev, where it has gathered for this year’s final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

While the Reds may see Istanbul’s win as a good omen for Saturday evening’s contest, Turkey’s bid for the 2024 European Championships will also see it as a significant vote of confidence from Uefa.

With all Uefa finals now allocated after a proper bidding process, the 76,000-capacity ground was chosen ahead of Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz.

 

uropean football’s governing body the UEFA unveiled Thursday the logo for the 2020 Champion League final slated to be held in Istanbul in May.

The “final identity,” as the UEFA called it, features famous Istanbul landmarks, including the July 15 Martyrs’ Bridge, previously the Bosporus Bridge, the Galata Tower and the Valens Aqueduct.

Since last year, the UEFA has tasked artists from the host city with designing the final logo. For the 2020 decider the organization chose illustrator Tolga Tarhan.

The 2020 identity is based on an abstract depiction of the city at sunset and is inspired “by the rich colors of the Istanbul sky and the vivid lights of this bustling city.”

The 2020 Champions League final will be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium on May 30, 2020. It will be the second time Istanbul hosts the European club football’s most important game. In 2005, the Turkish metropolis hosted one of the most iconic and epic UCL finals in history — a six-goal thriller between Milan and Liverpool won by the English side in a penalty shootout.

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