UEFA Champions League : Mini-tournament to decide Champions League in August?

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The conclusion of the Champions League season could be moved to Lisbon for a mini-tournament in August, according to reports. It emerged last week the final might be moved from Istanbul and now it appears the whole tournament could be played out in Lisbon, according to German outlet Bild.

The competition’s finale was originally scheduled for May 30 in Istanbul before the coronavirus pandemic put sport across the globe on pause.

German city Frankfurt are also said to be in the running.

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UEFA are likely to announce the plans for the tournament after their meeting on June 17.

Turkey not ready to pay UEFA for the event without fans

With 17 fixtures left in this season’s Champions League campaign, UEFA were previously understood to be considering playing matches behind closed doors every three days during August.

Turkish authorities are struggling to pay for the event without fans, and German publication has claimed that Lisbon are leading to race for a new host city.

European football’s governing body reportedly hopes to resume the Champions League and Europa League knockout stages on August 7.

Games would then be played twice a week, with the semi-finals held between August 18 and 22 before the final is hosted on August 29.

The next Champions League season would then start in September after a short break.

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