Turkey 2024 hails decision to award 2020 UEFA Champions League Final to Istanbul.
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) and Turkey 2024 have hailed the decision to award the final of the 2020 UEFA Champions League Final to Istanbul.
The city was announced as the host by the UEFA Executive Committee, who met in Kiev today ahead of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC.
The choice of Istanbul is a strong demonstration by UEFA of its faith in Turkey to host exceptional, world-class events and adds to the country’s already significant hosting experience, which includes the UEFA Champions League Final 2005, UEFA Cup Final 2009, 2010 World Basketball Championships, FIFA U20 World Cup 2013 and many more World Championships in various sports. Turkey is also looking forward to hosting the 2019 UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.
The unforgettable UEFA Champions League Final in 2005 between Liverpool and AC Milan at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium will live long in the memory of all who watched the match as one of the greatest UEFA Champions League Finals ever.
The dynamic, cosmopolitan city will seamlessly combine a rich heritage and iconic location with cutting edge innovation and a passion and love for the game of football, to deliver another incredible celebration of football in 2020.
Atatürk Olympic Stadium also features prominently in Turkey’s bid to host UEFA EURO 2024. With confirmed plans to upgrade the iconic venue in time for 2024, it will offer a unique fan experience and is also one of 10 ultra-modern stadia, located across nine Turkish cities included in tournament proposals submitted to UEFA last month as part of its Bid Dossier.
Standing at the gateway to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Istanbul and Turkey offer exciting opportunities to expand the reach of European football, bringing UEFA EURO 2024 to even more people, creating new fans and driving commercial growth way beyond Europe and opening up a new frontier for UEFA.
Thanks to Turkey’s location and recent significant investments in transport infrastructure, Turkey can also boast direct flight connections to 120 countries, while more than one billion people from 53 nations are located less than four hours away.
Yıldırım Demirören, President of the TFF, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be announced as host of the UEFA Champion’s League Final in 2020 – an event that is truly one of the crown jewels in the European and global football calendars.
“To have the final bestowed upon us for a second time is a strong demonstration of the trust and faith of the European football family, and of UEFA, in Turkey and our ability to host an exceptional international final that will showcase football and our nation to the world.
“We look forward to sharing the magic of Istanbul and Ataturk Olympic Stadium with players and fans from across Europe and beyond in two years’ time, when a warm welcome will be experienced by all.”
Servet Yardımcı, Vice-President of the TFF and UEFA Executive Committee Member, said: “This is not only a huge honour but it also adds to our fantastic track record of hosting world-class international events. We are committed to being the best possible partner to UEFA – our significant experience in this area will ensure we deliver events that UEFA can be truly proud of, both in 2020 and in the future.
“Looking ahead, it is our strong desire to host UEFA EURO 2024, a tournament that promises a new frontier for UEFA. As a gateway to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Turkey offers exciting opportunities to host a global EURO that will bring this exciting tournament to more people than ever before.”