UEFA will conclude the Champions League with a “Final Eight” tournament. The remaining teams should decide the premier class within eleven days in August. UEFA chose Lisbon as the final location.
The 2019/20 Champions League, which was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, will continue with the second legs of the remaining round of 16. Eight teams are currently still there.
Remaining teams: Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid, Atalanta Bergamo, RB Leipzig, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Olympique Lyon
- Dates: August 12th to August 23rd (“Final Eight” in Lisbon)
- Venues for the “Final Eight” of the Champions League: Estádio da Luz (incl. Final), Estádio José Alvalade
Champions League finals: Lisbon was preferred to Frankfurt
Originally, the final of the Champions League 2019/2020 should take place in the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul. To save the Turkish metropolis the ghost final, UEFA decided: Istanbul may host the 2021 CL final. Saint Petersburg won the 2022 final, Munich will host the Champions League final in 2023.
In order to end the season reasonably reasonably, UEFA chose a location where all Champions League games should be played from the quarter-finals. Lisbon was awarded the contract, outdid competitors Frankfurt / Main (together with Mainz and Sinsheim) and can now welcome the eight best teams in Europe in August.
Champions League “Final Eight” in Lisbon: matches are played in these stadiums
Decided thing: There will be no second legs at the “Final Eight” in Lisbon. Seven pairings (4x quarter-finals, 2x semi-finals, 1x final) are carried out in just two stadiums. Benfica’s Estádio da Luz and Sporting’s Estádio José Alvalade will be available for the seven games from the quarter-finals (August 12th to 15th). The semi-final will take place on August 18 and 19. The final on August 23 rises in the largest stadium in the Portuguese capital, the Estádio da Luz.
Champions League without spectators
The first legs of the round of 16 could all be played with spectators. In particular, the duel between Atalanta Bergamo and Valencia, which took place in Milan, is said to have accelerated the coronavirus pandemic in Italy. The first half of the Champions League second leg could still be played, albeit partially without spectators. A sold-out house was reported in the game RB Leipzig against Tottenham, while the return match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund was held in front of empty ranks.
The organizers of the “Final Eight” assume that the remaining games will also be played behind closed doors. However, UEFA is expected to leave the door open for possible changes if politics and public health authorities in Portugal allow it.
Incidentally, a similar format also takes place in the UEFA Europa League. The second European club competition will be decided in Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen, Duisburg and Cologne on August 10th. The traditional start to the European season, the UEFA Super Cup, is expected to take place in Budapest on September 24th.
Champions League “Final Eight”: TV Info
Pay TV provider Sky and streaming service DAZN show you all Champions League games live in Germany. The exact TV distribution for the German market looks like this:
- Wed, Aug 12 Atalanta Bergamo – Paris St. Germain live only at DAZN
- Thu, August 13 RB Leipzig – Atlético Madrid live on Sky / DAZN
- Fri, Aug 13 FC Barcelona – Bayern Munich live only on Sky
- Sat, Aug 14 Manchester City – Olympique Lyon live on Sky / DAZN
Champions League “Final Eight”: bets and odds
Want to pack the Champions League games on your betting slip? A look at the long-term bets at Tipster (available at tipster.de or in the free Tipster app) reveals: Manchester City is the top favorite to win the premier class with a 3.2. Behind them is FC Bayern with an overall win odd of 4.0. The team of Thomas Tuchel, Paris Saint-Germain (6.5) and FC Barcelona (8.0) are following. Stay tuned for more odds – we will update this blog article regularly!