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.

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.

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