Coronavirus: UEFA postpones European cup finals

Coronavirus: UEFA postpones European cup finals

With all major European leagues suspended for the next few weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA is currently looking at ways to wrap up this season's Europa League and Champions League. The final of the UEFA Europa League was scheduled to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 29, while the UEFA Champions League final was due to be played the next day, May 30, at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. Now there is no possibility of the remaining matches in the two competitions being played by the end of may, but the postponement of the European Championship now allows the two cups to be finished in June. 

Even so, there is no guarantee that the remaining matches can be played by the end of June under a normal schedule, because there's no way to tell when football will return to normal due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the UEFA Europa League we had only the first leg of the round of sixteen played before all second-leg matches got postponed, while in the UEFA Champions League we know only four of the eight quarter-finalists. The qualified teams are RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid, while the other four have to be decided in the second legs of the respective last-sixteen ties. 

All the second legs of the ties should normally be played when football returns to action, but after that UEFA might decide to condense the tournament and have the following rounds be played in a single knockout match instead of home and away legs. There is also the possibility of the finals being played on 27 June and 24 June, potentially at the end of mini tournaments to be played in Istanbul and Gdansk, Poland. 

Until then, football fans can only enjoy a game of FIFA or a legendary career in Football Manager... 


“Coronavirus: Uefa postpones European club finals”, Simon Stone, BBC Sport, March 24, 2020.

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