UEFA Considering Taking 2024 Champions League Final To New York
The 2024 Champions League final could be played outside of Europe with UEFA reportedly already in talks to take the showpiece of club football to New York.
UEFA have never held the final outside of Europe but according to American outlet Morning Consult they have informed potential commercial partners that they are looking to play the final in the US.
TEAM Marketing AG, who represent the commercial interests of UEFA, have told potential partners and media rights holders of their intentions to play the game outside of Europe and are targeting New York as the location, the report cites those in the know stating the Metlife stadium as the 'preferred venue'.
This season's Champions League final will return to Turkey, for the first time since Liverpool's famous night in Istanbul in 2005, and the Ataturk stadium will be the venue once again in May.
Jurgen Klopp's side will be hoping to return to the scene of their comeback against Milan and have the chance to be only the second team in the competition's history to defend their title.
UEFA have also decided the next three venues for the final with St Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium hosting Russia's first final since 2008, which was an all English final where Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties, in 2021.
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2022's final is yet another visit to a historical night for an English club as Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena will host the game, the sight of Chelsea's win over Bayern in 2012.
The last year of UEFA's long plan sees the showpiece return to Wembley, which has hosted the final twice in recent years in 2011 and 2013 but also 1963, 68, 71, 78 and 92.
Manchester United and Liverpool both tasted success there in 68 and 78 whilst the Red Devils lost to Barcelona in the 2011 final.
In recent years playing high profile games between European clubs in America has worked well in the pre season International Champions Cup but moving the Champions League final there could cause issues.
Fans weren't happy with the venue for last season's Europa League final as travel to Azerbaijan was difficult and expensive, and Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan couldn't play in the match.
A trip to New York might go down better with fans but it would still be controversial.
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