Tuesday 11 December 2018

Istanbul to host the Champions League in 2020, 15 years after Liverpool's dramatic triumph

Steven Gerrard lifts the Champions League trophy in 2005
Steven Gerrard lifts the Champions League trophy in 2005
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium will host the 2020 Champions League final, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced after an executive committee meeting on Thursday.

The 76,000-capacity stadium hosted the thrilling 2005 showpiece where Liverpool came back from 3-0 down at halftime to draw 3-3 with AC Milan and win a penalty shoot-out. The venue beat competition from Lisbon's Estadio da Luz, where Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra-time in the 2014 final.

The Reds may see Thursday's news as a good omen.

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