Executive Committee decides hosts for finals
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the Juventus Stadium will stage the 2014 finals of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, two of 16 hosts chosen on Tuesday.
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Lisbon's Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the new Juventus Stadium will stage the 2014 finals of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League respectively.
The decisions were made on a busy first day of the UEFA Executive Committee's meeting in Istanbul, and were among several appointments of hosts for a number of club, national team and futsal competitions.
Lisbon will hold the European Cup final for the first time since 1967, when Celtic FC defeated FC Internazionale Milano, although the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica did stage the UEFA EURO 2004 showpiece. The 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final will take place at the new Juventus Stadium in Turin. It will be the first time Italy has hosted a one-off final in the UEFA Europa League or its predecessor, the UEFA Cup.
The UEFA Executive Committee also awarded the organisation of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship to the Czech Republic, while the 2016 UEFA European Futsal Championship final tournament will be played in Belgrade, Serbia.
Youth competition hosts were approved as follows:
• UEFA European Under-19 Championship: Hungary (2014), Greece (2015) and Germany (2016)
• UEFA European Under-17 Championship: Malta (2014), Bulgaria (2015) and Azerbaijan (2016)
• UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship: Norway (2014), Israel (2015) and Slovakia (2016)
• UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship: England (2014), Iceland (2015) and Belarus (2016)
The UEFA Executive Committee meeting will conclude on Wednesday morning, with a press conference to follow the completion at approximately 13.00CET.