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Atlético’s Wanda Metropolitano to host 2019 Champions League Final

According to Radio MARCA, the new 69,000 seater stadium home of Atlético Madrid will host the UEFA Champions League final in 2019.

They say that the UEFA Executive Committee has today met in Nyon with the Wanda chosen as the venue.

The Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan had also shown an interest in hosting the final of 2019 but after choosing the new stadium in Madrid, it has been decided that Baku will instead host the UEFA Europa League final of the same season. Sevilla had shown an interest of hosting that final in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan however it has been trumped by Baku.

The Metropolitano will become the fourth Spanish stadium to host the final of Europe’s premier club competition and the eighth time that the final will have been held in Spain.

The first time was in 1957 at the home of Atléti’s city rivals Real with finals also being held there in 1969, 1980 and 2010 with the winners of those four tournaments being Real themselves, AC Milan, Nottingham Forest and Inter Milan.

The Sanchez Pizjuan hosted the final in 1986 when Romanians Steaua Bucharest saw off Barcelona on penalties after a goalless draw. The home of the Catalans has also held the tournament showpiece with the first time coming just three years after that defeat in Seville.

Steaua returned to Spain for that final but lost out this time to AC Milan with the 1999 final also taking place at the Camp Nou when Manchester United famously scored twice in stoppage time to beat Bayern Munich to become champions.

MARCA said that the technical examination was not very favourable for the candidacy presented by the Spanish Football Federation for the Wanda but other factors in deciding the vote of the members have weighed more than the technical factors themselves.

Other factors have been considered after UEFA Chief Aleksander Ceferin promised this given problems with accommodation and transport in Cardiff last year.

The number of hotels and the amount of space in Madrid’s Barajas airport was decisive in Madrid gaining the final ahead of Baku which was the only other candidate.

It was also mentioned that the Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville wasn’t in with much of a chance of hosting the Europa League final due to lack of parking and complicated access.

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