Turkey: Meet the arena of the 2023 Champions League final!
source: StadiumDB.com; author: Robert Saganowski
This year's Champions League season is over. However, it is worth taking a look at where the final of next year's edition will be held. This time the best players in the world will come to Turkey, a country that Liverpool FC has good memories of...
The recent history of the finals at Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadi in Istanbul has been linked to both great football spectacles and global issues. Probably every football fan remembers the 2005 Champions League final, in which Liverpool FC inexplicably reversed the result of the match against AC Milan from 0:3 to 3:3 and won in a penalty shootout.
Liverpool is performing at an excellent level on the European stage, so they have a good chance of playing in next year's final again. Although the last game of the next edition will only take place in 12 months' time, you can place your bets on Champions League odds 2022.
The recent history of this stadium is linked to the cancellation of the 2020 final. Back then, the match was held instead at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon as part of a closed tournament in Portugal, and Bayern Munich won the cup.
The stadium was also set to host the final a year later (2020/21 season), but two weeks before the final, the match was again moved to Portugal - this time to Estadio do Dragao in Porto. It can be said that the Istanbul venue has experienced a lot of bad luck in recent years. This time the organisers hope that the bad card will turn around and a great spectacle will again be seen in Turkey's biggest stadium.
No team from Istanbul's 'big three' - Galatasaray, Fenerbahce or Besiktas - currently plays at the stadium. However, the record-breaking opening of the arena in 2002 (attendance record: 79,414) saw Galatasaray and Greece's Olympiakos play against each other. It is now home to Fatih Karagumruk (8th place in last season's Turkish Super Lig) and the capacity of the venue itself has decreased to 75,145 seats.
Not to forget the arena of this year's final - the French Stade de France. Liverpool and Real Madrid faced each other at the venue located in Saint-Denis. The fifth largest stadium in Europe is more than 6,000 seats larger than Atatürk Olympic Stadium. This year the final has also been moved. Initially, the match was to be held at Krestovskiy in St Petersburg, but eventually the game took place in France.
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The Champions League machine does not stop. We already know the arenas of the finals not only in 2023, but also in 2024 and 2025. The last match of the 2023/24 season will, again, take place at London's Wembley Stadium, and the venue for the 2025 final has been announced as Allianz Arena in Munich.
Bayern Munich's home ground last hosted this encounter in 2012, when the local team lost after a penalty shootout to Chelsea. In the second decade of the 21st century, the final was played at Wembley twice - in 10/11 FC Barcelona won, and in 2013... Bayern!