Details of Russia’s bid for 2021 UEFA Champions League final to be discussed this month

MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union (RFU) is likely to hold a meeting with UEFA to discuss details of Russia’s bid for hosting 2021 Champions League in late November, RFU Acting President Alexander Alayev told TASS on Thursday.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced in a statement earlier in the day that Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg was one of two cities on the bid list to host the 2021 UEFA Champions League final. The other city is Germany’s Munich.

“The Russian Football Union expressed its interest to host the final of the 2021 UEFA Champions League in St. Petersburg,” Alayev said in an interview with TASS. “We have informed UEFA about it and are now waiting for a joint work meeting, which will focus on the discussion of details by all candidates.”

“This meeting has been tentatively scheduled for late November,” he said. “The deadline for submitting the final bid is February 15, 2019, but before this date it must be approved by the RFU Executive Committee.”

“The [2018 FIFA] World Cup in Russia this summer boosted the development of football in the country and left a rich heritage, first of all, a great amount of amazing stadiums,” Alayev stated.

“We believe that the St. Petersburg Arena, which will be also hosting matches of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup, has good chances to host the final match of the most prestigious tournament of football clubs in Europe,” he added.

Russia’s St. Petersburg was earlier granted the right to host three group stage matches and one of the quarterfinals of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup. A newly-built football arena in St. Petersburg hosted the opening and final matches of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and also served as one of 12 stadiums across the country hosting matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The over 68,000-seat capacity stadium designed to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches was laid down in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg in 2007 and commissioned in early 2017.

The interested bidders for hosting the 2021 UEFA Europa League final are: Vienna (Austria), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Sevilla (Spain).

The interested bidders for hosting the 2021 UEFA Super Cup are: Minsk (Belarus), Helsinki (Finland), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Kharkov (Ukraine).

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