Gdańsk to host Europa League final in 2021

Polish Baltic coastal city of Gdańsk will hold the final of the Europa League on May 26, 2021, after the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) decided to re-organise this season’s competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of the classic formula, both Champions League and the Europa League will be concluded via mini knockout tournaments, to be hosted by Portugal and Germany, respectively.

After second legs of the remaining matches of the Champions League Last 16 phase are played, the competition in Portugal will begin on August 12 and conclude with the final on August 23, in a single-leg meeting routine. A similar formula will be implemented in the Europa League in August 10-21. Games are to be played in several German cities in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, with the final held in Cologne.

At the moment, the events are to be played behind closed doors, but UEFA does take into account possible modifications should the coronavirus circumstances allow for changes.

After rescheduling Euro 2020 competition to next year, UEFA has announced the new match schedule of the tournament as well. However, the formula and 12 host cities are to remain the same.

As a consequence, Poland will play their group games on June 14 in Dublin (against the winner of Playoff B), on June 19 in Bilbao against Spain, and on June 23 against Sweden back in Dublin.

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