UEFA announce Champions League finals in Saint Petersburg, Munich, London

first_img0Shares0000The Champions League trophy stands on display during the group stage draw ceremony © AFP/File / Valery HACHELjubljana, Slovenia, Sep 24 – The 2021 UEFA Champions League final will be played in Saint Petersburg, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.The venues for the next three finals were revealed at UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, with Munich being awarded the 2022 showpiece and the 2023 final being given to Wembley. In awarding the venues for the next three years, UEFA have had to take into account not just the likely demand for match tickets but also the importance of hotel rooms and transport infrastructure.That means there are a limited number of cities around Europe capable of successfully staging a match of such magnitude.“The chosen venues have proper mobility, hotels and everything else. Where we have a problem, and probably will have a problem anywhere, is that sometimes hotels take advantage of the fact the Champions League final is in a certain city,” admitted UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin.“I am sure that if you check those three cities in half an hour you will see that hotel prices have already started to rise.“This is a problem but it is hard for us to influence. That is why we want to go to such big cities with so many hotels that in the end you can choose.”“Those venues are big cities, interesting cities, accessible for the fans and with very nice stadiums,” he added, although he said he “cannot do any promises for now” in terms of increasing ticket allocations for supporters.– Return to Russia –This season’s final will be played in Istanbul, before hosting is given to the 68,000-capacity Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg.The venue, complete with a retractable roof, was built ahead of the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. It hosted seven matches at that tournament, including France’s semi-final win over Belgium and will also host four games at Euro 2020.It will be the second Champions League final to be played in Russia after Manchester United beat Chelsea in Moscow to win the trophy in 2008.The 70,000-seat Allianz Arena in Munich is also a host venue for Euro 2020 and staged the 2012 Champions League final when Bayern Munich lost on penalties to Chelsea.The 2023 final will be the eighth to be held at Wembley, with the iconic 90,000-seat London venue also hosting the semi-finals and final of next year’s European Championship.Meanwhile, European football’s governing body also revealed that the 2021 Europa League final will be played in Seville, at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.The Spanish city was chosen ahead of Georgian capital Tbilisi as the game returns to western Europe — after being staged in Baku last season, next year’s final will go to the Polish city of Gdansk.The 2021 UEFA Super Cup match — between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League — will be played in Belfast.UEFA said VAR, which made its Champions League debut in the last 16 last season, will be introduced to the Europa League for the knockout rounds this term.A third European club competition that is set to start in 2021 will be known as the UEFA Europa Conference League.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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SIR GERRY SENDS OUT AN SOS AFTER SWAN GOES MISSING FROM RAPHOE MANSION

first_imgTV presenter and millionaire Co Donegal businessman Sir Gerry Robinson has issued an SOS after one of his rare Black Swans went missing.The bird is part of a pair of birds which the entrepreneur had specially imported for the lake of his Raphoe mansion.But one of the pair, which are supposed to be mate for life, has mysteriously vanished from the lake at plush Oakfield Park. The bird, which had its wings clipped so it could not fly away, went missing last Saturday.A spokesman for Oakfield Park said they did not know what had happened to the bird which is tame and eats out of people’s hands.They are hoping it may be in nearby fields and unable to find its way back to the lake.The bird is not native to Ireland and comes from Australia. The spokesperson added that former Granada TV boss Gerry is particularly saddened at the loss of the rare bird.“The swans are here about eight months and we were hoping they eventually would nest here.“It was a very friendly bird and would come up to people visiting here on tours and eat out of their hands.“We don’t know how it happened but it may have grown its feathers and simply flown away.“Sir Gerry really liked looking at the two birds out on the lake,” he said. SIR GERRY SENDS OUT AN SOS AFTER SWAN GOES MISSING FROM RAPHOE MANSION was last modified: May 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:black swanRaphoesir gerry robinsonlast_img read more

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These Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City fans were loving Eric Bailly’s first-half

first_img It’s looking like another bad day at the office for Jose Mourinho silverware smart causal United fans think Eric Bailly is better than van Dijk hahahahaha— Michael (@mxkes_) August 19, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 How can you say Eric Bailly is a slimer Titus Bramble #BHAMUN pic.twitter.com/JT7QAPCZGW— Tomiwa Ojo (@10Qmedia) August 19, 2018 Below you can see some of the best tweets mocking Bailly. ALTERED It’s no secret there are problems at Manchester United with the club’s inability to recruit as many players as they would have liked in the summer, while there is a lot of insecurity surrounding Paul Pogba’s future at the club.And despite United’s opening day weekend win over Leicester in the Premier League, it seems these behind-the-scenes problems are transferring to the pitch as United were well off the pace on their trip to Brighton. 2 Eric Bailly is playing a sport on that pitch and it obviously isn’t football.— Sosæ (@Aiso_sa) August 19, 2018 If Dejan Lovren was putting in the performance that Eric Bailly is now, @GNev2 would be absolutely slaughtering him.— Tom Davey (@tomdavey13) August 19, 2018 Latest Premier League News possible standings center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade The Red Devils went 3-1 down at half-time with goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross.Romelu Lukaku’s header and Paul Pogba’s penalty saw United get on the score-sheet twice but it was not enough as they lost 3-2 at the Amex Stadium.At the centre of this awful performance was United centre-back Eric Bailly – who could have done better for the first goal while also giving away an unnecessary penalty for the home side’s third goal.And there were some Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City fans who didn’t hesitate when mocking Bailly’s calamitous performance. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Eric Bailly is massively overrated. Anytime I watch him, he defends casually and makes mistakes. If he is deemed United best defender then big trouble— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) August 19, 2018 Bailly gave away a silly penalty which resulted in Brighton going 3-1 up Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener gameday NEW ERA REVEALED Eric Bailly – PL most overrated CB.— Sam (@VintageSalah) August 19, 2018 REVEALED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more

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