Sports minister supports St. Petersburg bid to host UEFA Champions League final

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Sports minister Pavel Kolobkov

Sports minister Pavel Kolobkov


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MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. Russian sports ministry supports the idea of holding the UEFA Champions League final in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg in 2021, Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced in a statement earlier in the day that St. Petersburg was one of the two cities on the bid list to host the 2021 UEFA Champions League final. The other city is Germany’s Munich. The bids are to be submitted to UEFA by February 15, 2019. The host city will be announced by the UEFA Executive Committee in May or June of 2019.

‘We support St. Petersburg’s idea. I’m sure that if St. Petersburg is entrusted with hosting the Champions League final, everything will be perfect. [Russia has] an impressive history of successfully hosting highest-level sports tournaments, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the [2014 Sochi] Olympics,” Kolobkov said.

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.

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