Why is the Champions League final 2023 in Istanbul? Man City vs Inter Milan match to be held in Turkey

General view of Wembley Stadium, Champions League Final 2011

Manchester City are looking to win their first Champions League title against Inter Milan in the 2022/23 final.

Pep Guardiola’s side are heavy favorites to achieve their long-term goal against Simone Inzaghi’s underdogs ahead of the thrilling clash in Istanbul.

Despite fans on both sides struggling to secure tickets and logistical issues getting there, the final looks set to be a showcase event.

UEFA’s decision to move the final back to Istanbul for the first time since Liverpool’s incredible comeback win over AC Milan in 2005 drew mixed reactions, particularly as Turkey’s elections provided a tense backdrop for the occasion.

However, European football’s governing body is sticking to its commitment to keeping the game in the country after calendar upheavals in recent years.

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Where will the 2022/23 Champions League final take place?

The final will take place on June 10th at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium, which is home to Karagumrük and the Turkish national team.

After a stadium renovation in 2020, the Atatürk has a seating capacity of around 76,000.

Why is Istanbul hosting the final?

The 2023 Champions League final was originally set to be played at Wembley Stadium in England, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced UEFA to make a number of venue changes.

The 2021 final was due to take place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium but was moved to Porto two weeks before the game due to coronavirus-related issues in the city and UEFA stuck to their promise to offer an alternative final to Istanbul.

General view of Wembley Stadium, Champions League Final 2011

Despite fears that the hosts could be substituted again at the last minute amid political unrest following the recent presidential election, UEFA have confirmed there will be no move.

“UEFA would like to clarify the position on the 2023 Champions League final,” it said. “The 2023 UEFA Champions League final will take place as planned on June 10, 2023 in Istanbul. UEFA has no discussions to the contrary with political institutions, governments or national football associations.”

Former host of the Champions League final

With Istanbul hosting the final in 2023, UEFA seems to be back on track with their plans for the next few years.

Wembley Stadium in London will host the final in 2024 and Munich’s Allianz Arena has been chosen for the 2025 final.

Year Stadion Fit
2025 Allianz Arena TB
2024 Wembley Stadium TB
2023 Ataturk Olympic Stadium TB
2022 Stade de France Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
2021 dragon stadium Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City
2020 Luz Stadium Bayern Munich 1-0 Paris Saint Germain
2019 Wanda Metropolitano Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
2018 NSC Olimpiysky Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
2017 Millennium Stadium Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus
2016 San Siro Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid
2015 Olympic Stadium Berlin Barcelona 3-1 Juventus
2014 Luz Stadium Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético Madrid
2013 Wembley Stadium Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
2012 Allianz Arena Chelsea 1-1 Bayern Munich
2011 Wembley Stadium Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United
2010 Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Inter Milan 2-0 Bayern Munich
2009 Olympic Stadium Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United
2008 Luzhniki Stadium Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea
2007 OAKA Stadium AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool
2006 Stade de France Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal
2005 Ataturk Olympic Stadium Liverpool – AC Milan 3:3
2004 Arena AufSchalke Porto 3-0 Monaco
2003 Old Trafford AC Milan 0-0 Juventus
2002 Hampden Park Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia
2001 San Siro Bayern Munich 1-1 Valencia
2000 Stade de France Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia
1999 Camp Nou Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich
1998 Amsterdam ArenaA Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus
1997 Munich Olympic Stadium Borussia Dortmund – Juventus Turin 3: 1
1996 Olympic Stadium Juventus 1-1 Ajax
1995 Ernst Happel Stadium Ajax 1-0 AC Milan
1994 OAKA Stadium AC Milan 4-0 Barcelona
1993 Munich Olympic Stadium Olympique Marseille 1-0 AC Milan
1992 Wembley Stadium Barcelona 1-0 Sampdoria
1991 San Nicola Stadium Red Star 0-0 Olympique Marseille
1990 Prater Stadium AC Milan 1-0 SL Benfica
1989 Camp Nou AC Milan 4-0 Steaua Bucharest
1988 Neckar Stadium PSV 0-0 Benfica
1987 Prater Stadium Porto 2-1 Bayern Munich
1986 Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Steaua Bucharest 0-0 Barcelona
1985 Heysel Stadium Juventus 1-0 Liverpool
1984 Olympic Stadium Liverpool 1-1 Roma
1983 OAKA Stadium Hamburg – Juventus 1-0
1982 The tub Aston Villa 1-0 Bayern Munich
1981 Prince Park Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid
1980 Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Nottingham Forest 1-0 Hamburg
1979 Munich Olympic Stadium Nottingham Forest 1-0 Malmo
1978 Wembley Stadium Liverpool 1-0 Club Brugge
1977 Olympic Stadium Liverpool – Borussia Monchengladbach 3:1
1976 Hampden Park Bayern Munich 1-0 Saint Etienne
1975 Prince Park Bayern Munich 2-0 Leeds United
1974 Heysel Stadium Bayern Munich 1-1 Atletico Madrid
1973 Red Star Stadium Ajax 1-0 Juventus
1972 The tub Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 Inter Milan
1971 Wembley Stadium Ajax 2-0 Panathinaikos
1970 San Siro Feyenoord 2-1 Celtic
1969 Santiago Bernabeu Stadium AC Milan 4-1 Ajax
1968 Wembley Stadium Manchester United 4-1 Benfica
1967 national stadium Celtic 2-1 Inter Milan
1966 Heysel Stadium Real Madrid 2-1 Partizan
1965 San Siro Inter Milan 1-0 Benfica
1964 Prater Stadium Inter Milan – Real Madrid 3:1
1963 Wembley Stadium AC Milan 2-1 Benfica
1962 Olympic Stadium Benfica 5-3 Real Madrid
1961 Wankdorf Stadium Benfica 3-2 Barcelona
1960 Hampden Park Real Madrid 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
1959 Neckar Stadium Real Madrid 2-0 Stade de Reims
1958 Heysel Stadium Real Madrid – AC Milan 3:2
1957 Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Real Madrid 2-0 Florence
1956 Stade Velodrome Paris Real Madrid 4-3 Stade de Reims

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