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Madrid of all places ?! Crazy plan with Champions League final tournament


There is increasing clarity in the national leagues. But what does the premier class do? Information about the continuation of the Champions League has been leaked. 

There is increasing clarity in the national leagues. But what does the premier class do? Information about the continuation of the Champions League has been leaked. 

  • The corona virus continues to throw sport into chaos internationally.
  • Serious measures have already been taken.
  • There is also a compulsory break for the Champions League and Europa League .
  • There are plans to continue the European Cup.

Update from June 9, 7:17 p.m .: Is everything going to be completely different? First it was said that Munich could have good chances of hosting the final tournament of the Champions League . Then Frankfurt was brought into play, also with the support of the DFB, before it was reported on Sunday that Lisbon should be awarded the contract. 

Now Madrid throws its hat in the ring! Spain's capital that the coronavirus was hard hit have to become "good recovery", according to the mayor of the pandemic.

Madrid is able to host any major event. It is very difficult because there are many interested parties, but we would be very happy to be able to organize the tournament - of course under safe conditions - ”said José Luis Martínez-Almeida on Tuesday during an event in Madrid's Retiro Park.

Madrid was the epicenter of the corona pandemic in Spain. In the city, just under 8,700 people died from Covid 19 disease . This is almost a third of all deaths that have been recorded across Spain by Tuesday (27,136). One had "experienced a dramatic situation," said Martínez-Almeida. The aim of the organization of the Champions League tournament is to show that the city is able to "recover in a very short time".

Champions League: Apparently not a final tournament in Germany - UEFA has other plans

Update of June 7, 5:58 p.m .:  Frankfurt has apparently lost the race to host a possible Champions League final against Lisbon . According to the picture on Sunday , the European Football Union (UEFA) has chosen the Portuguese capital for several reasons. The final decision will be made at the Executive Committee meeting on June 17th and 18th.


UEFA apparently plans to continue the Champions League as a mini-tournament.


Frankfurt and its surrounding area, as far as Mainz and Sinsheim, were among the candidates for the event. The city administration of the Main metropolis had already signaled their interest. The European Cup competitions are interrupted due to the corona crisis . The finals in the premier class were actually scheduled for May 30 in Istanbul. According to media reports, the Turkish city is no longer in the race.

The fact that all the remaining pairings in the usual format with the outward and return leg will be played in the Champions League after the remaining four round of 16 second leg games is practically impossible this year due to the tight time window. A blitz tournament with knockout games without a spectator would be a possible solution.

RB Leipzig would be part of the game . The Bundesliga club, like Paris St. Germain, Atalanta Bergamo and Atletico Madrid, are qualified for the quarter-finals. Record champions Bayern Munich , in whose arena the final will take place in 2022, won their first knockout round first leg at Chelsea 3-0.

Continuation of the Champions League in Germany? Bundesliga sports directors now confirm crazy business games

Update from June 4th, 3:20 pm:  The plan for the continuation of the Champions League as a Blitz tournament continues to take shape. The Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt is being considered as a candidate to host the possible final tournament in August . These business games have now been confirmed by the sports director of a Bundesliga competitor.

Champions League: Blitz tournament in and around Frankfurt? Mainz sports director comments

The main metropolis is said to be in the race with the surrounding stadiums as the venue, as Rouven Schröder , sports director at FSV Mainz 05 , confirmed on Thursday. “We definitely have knowledge of it. It is also nice that our stadium is mentioned and is in focus, ”said Schröder. "But it is not yet ready to judge and name some things publicly," emphasized the Mainz sports director. 

According to a report by Bild , UEFA is said to have sent tender documents to the member associations on Wednesday . The host must also name four stadiums * that are within a radius of 100 kilometers . In addition to the Frankfurt Arena, the stadiums * in Mainz, Darmstadt, Wiesbaden, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe and Sinsheim would be available. Alexander Rosen , Head of Sports at TSG Hoffenheim, said: "If there are specific inquiries, we will of course think about it". He believes "UEFA is not yet clear on this issue itself".

The final tournament of the @ChampionsLeague could take place in and around Frankfurt. The main metropolis is said to be one of the candidates for the direction. @SID_Sportnews via @ransporthttps: //

- SID (@SID_Sportnews) June 4, 2020

The UEFA and the DFB have yet more open to what extent the reports are accurate. The Frankfurt sports department head Markus Frank has already signaled to SID that he is ready to host the tournament. "That would be a nice thing, we are basically interested and talk," said Frank. Both associations left this without comment.

Champions League: UEFA decides on further action on June 17 - Russia and Portugal also candidates

“We look at all the options together with the clubs, leagues and national associations. This affects the time frame and the mode in which the game is to be played, ”as far as UEFA's statement. However, no decision has yet been made. However, this will change when the Executive Committee meets on June 17. 

DFB general secretary Friedrich Curtius referred to the European association and said, "UEFA is working on concepts to bring the club competitions to a close in August if possible". The DFB trusts UEFA's solutions.


The Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt is a state-of-the-art stadium.

© dpa / Arne Dedert

The Champions League final was originally scheduled to take place on May 30 in Istanbul, but the Turkish metropolis is no longer in the running. In the blitz tournament, which wants to determine a Champions League winner within ten days, the usual mode will probably also be dispensed with. From the quarter-finals, there will obviously be no return games due to time constraints, but the outstanding second-round second games will still be played. Even Russia and Portugal are to apply as candidates for the tournament. 

Champions League: Three countries are said to have applied for the sequel tournament

Update from June 4th, 10:54 am: Officially, there is still no date for the continuation of the Champions League and the Europa League. But it is foreseeable that the European Club Cup will be played in August. An official confirmation is expected in the coming days.

For example, UEFA supposedly plans to play the premier-class games in one place or region - as a kind of mini-tournament. Tz recently  brought Munich into play. However, the Bavarian capital does not seem to be the only German place, because according to the picture, Frankfurt is also thinking about throwing its hat into the ring. The application to host the Champions League tournament would even have the support of DFB President Fritz Keller. Competition is said to come from Portugal and Russia. 

Accordingly, four stadiums must be named for the CL tournament, in which the four quarter-finals, the two semi-finals and the final are to take place. Only 100 km should be between the stadiums. Frankfurt could get Mainz and Hoffenheim on board. However, it is questionable whether Darmstadt or Wiesbaden would be considered for UEFA

Champions League: FC Bayern and RB Leipzig with huge disadvantage - date for continuation clear?

Update from May 29, 12.40 p.m .:  What's next for the Champions League ? After Lyon President Aulas had already blabbered, the plans are now apparently being fleshed out again. 

According to the picture , UEFA and the European Club Association ECA have now agreed that the premier class will continue with the quarter-finals from 8 August - when all top European leagues have ended their seasons. The final will then go up in Istanbul on August 29 , shortly before the semi-finals will also take place there. Only the UEFA executive has yet to approve the plans.

Champions League: sequel planned for August - FC Bayern has to do it again before

However, FC Bayern Munich must first bring the round of 16 second leg against Chelsea to the finish line to qualify for the next round. The Reds won the first comparison 3-0. The game in the Allianz Arena * should be held at the end of July , according to the picture

#ThrowbackThursday 28/05/1975:

Gerd # Müller vs. Leeds.
@FCBayern European Cup Champion! #OnThisDay | #UCL | @FCBayernUS | @FCBayernEN

- DE (@UEFAcom_de) May 28, 2020

Spicy: The Bundesliga * ends on June 27th - if everything goes according to plan. So that means that the German representatives would have a long break before the Champions League would continue. Although the DFB Cup final * is due on July 4, FC Bayern must first qualify for this. On June 10th, the semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt will take place

Champions League: Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig still there - mega disadvantage?

RB Leipzig is hit even harder. In the cup you are out, in the Champions League you are already qualified for the quarter-finals. There are six weeks from June 27 to August 8

Does the Bundesliga have the mega disadvantage with this long break because you could quickly resume playing? In the Premier League it is now clear that you will play again from June 17th . There, clubs like Manchester City or Chelsea would have a much shorter break before the Champions League starts again - and they would definitely be in better rhythm than the German teams.

Possible schedule for the German teams:

FC Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig

Bundesliga final: June 27

Bundesliga final: June 27

Possible DFB Cup final: July 4

Champions League: Round of 16 second leg: end of July

Champions League: Possible quarter-final first leg: August 8

Champions League: Quarter-final first leg: August 8

Possible Champions League final: August 29

Possible Champions League final: August 29

Champions League: President blatters restart of the premier class on the radio - mega disadvantage for Bayern?

Update from May 10th, 10:24 am: Should he have already given that away? In a subordinate clause, Lyon President Jean-Michael Aulas burst the bomb. The second leg of the Champions League round of 16 will take place on August 7 , he says.

While almost all top European leagues * are currently paused or even canceled, the Bundesliga will return to play on May 16. The season should be finished on June 27th *. 

Champions League restart in August: mega disadvantage for FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig?

For the top German clubs, this means a break of over a month between the Bundesliga final and the return to the international arena . While other teams in Europe can prepare for this in a targeted manner, they may have a tough title race * in their bones. 


Champions League / Coronavirus: Has the date for the restart been decided yet?

© picture alliance / dpa / Sven Hoppe

After that, most professionals will probably need a break . The remaining preparation time for the Champions League melts extremely.

An advantage, on the other hand, is that the Bundesliga clubs stay on the rhythm and can probably play much more well than their international rivals . But can you preserve that for over a month? In addition, there are likely to be some transfers * between June and August. 

What do you think? Would FC Bayern be disadvantaged by restarting the Champions League on August 7? Or does the appointment play into the cards of the German record champions *? 

A study now expresses a bad suspicion: were there 41 Corona deaths as a result of a Champions League game?

Champions League: President blabbers on the radio - and reveals the restart of the premier class

Update of May 10: The football seems gradually from the Corona-break return. The restart of the Bundesliga * is just around the corner. But what about the international stage ? Despite the UEFA Executive Committee meeting, no date has been communicated - until now. 

Completely surprisingly, Jean-Michel Aulas, President of Olympique Lyon , now announces the date for his round of 16 second leg . "It is confirmed that the game against Juventus takes place behind closed doors on August 7th, " he revealed to the radio station " RTL Foot ". 

@JM_Aulas sur @RTLFrance: "Le match contre la Juventus est confirmé le 7 août, à Turin et à huis clos. Si les recours n'aboutissent pas, c'est envoyer Lyon et Paris se faire massacrer par des équipes qui auront une preparation que les autres n'ont pas. "# Covid_19

- RTLFoot (@RTLFoot) May 9, 2020

The restart of the premier class was expected in early August. Aulas is now the first to give a specific date and speak of confirmation. Did he blabber there? 

Quite possible, because the OL boss is obviously hot for games. He is currently suing the demolition of the French Ligue Un and is demanding that it be continued. In the Champions League , he will also long for his eleven to play against Turin. The French won the first leg 1-0. 

Leaked information about CL sequel: Dates for key conferences are set

April 16 update: On April 21, all 55 UEFA general secretaries will meet in a video conference to discuss the sequel scenarios for the international games . Two days later, according to information from the German Press Agency, the UEFA Executive Committee will speak about the implications for national and international competitions

The national leagues should be a priority at the moment . They could be held until July or August . The international games should only  take place again when they are finished .

FCB second leg against Chelsea? Leaked info about CL sequel

April 6 update: Very sad news from and for Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola . The former FC Bayern Munich coach mourns the death of his mother. She died at the age of 82 as a result of a coronavirus disease.

Update from April 1, 2:22 pm:  The European Football Union (UEFA) does not want to continue the Champions and Europa League until summer and postpone the international matches scheduled for June until autumn. ZDF reports on these plans of the continental association, which held a video conference on Wednesday with the 55 general secretaries of the member associations. The UEFA Executive Committee would probably have to take a decision to that effect.

FC Bayern Munich would receive Chelsea after a phenomenal 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the Allianz Arena at home. 

Because of the corona pandemic, UEFA had suspended the two club competitions and postponed the respective finals, which were supposed to take place at the end of May, indefinitely. At the beginning of June, the international matches that were originally supposed to take place at the end of March were planned. These included the play-offs for the pan-European EM, which had already been postponed to the summer of 2021.

Champions League and Europa League due to Corona on ice

Update from April 1st: Football-free time drives many fans to the heat. DAZN commentator Robby Hunke, on the other hand, blurs the boundaries between work and everyday life. The iconic reporter made a sensational discovery in Munich: Will a striker from Champions League winner FC Liverpool move to the Bundesliga?

Update of March 23, 7:17 p.m .:  UEFA has now officially postponed the Champions League and Europa League finals, which were originally planned for the end of May, due to the coronavirus pandemic - but indefinitely.

The finals in the premier class should originally go up in Istanbul on May 30, the final in the Europa League on May 27 in Gdansk. The relocation also affects the Women's Champions League, where the winner should be determined on May 24 in Vienna.

Tennis legend Boris Becker, meanwhile, railed against corona hysteria - and called for an end to “black painting”.

UEFA postpones Champions League final - without naming a specific date 

Due to the corona crisis, all European club competitions are currently suspended. There are still four round of 16 second leg games in the Champions League, including that of Bayern Munich against Chelsea. In the Europa League, only six of eight round of 16 first leg matches could take place.

No decision has yet been taken regarding new match dates , UEFA said. An assigned working group is currently examining possible options to bring the competitions to a close. In the previous week, UEFA had already postponed the European Championship by one year to the summer of 2021.

The European Football Union has now officially postponed the Champions League and Europa League finals, which were originally planned for the end of May, indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. UEFA announced this on Monday evening. The finals in the premier class were originally scheduled to rise on May 30 in Istanbul, the final in the Europa League on May 27 in Gdansk. The relocation also affects the Champions League for women, where the winner should be determined on May 24 in Vienna. Due to the corona crisis, all European club competitions are currently exposed. There are still four eight-leg second leg games in the Champions League, including that of Bayern Munich against Chelsea. In the Europa League, only six of eight eight-final matches could take place. UEFA has not yet made a decision regarding new match dates. A working group is currently examining possible options to bring the competitions to a close. In the previous week, UEFA had already postponed the European Championship by one year to the summer of 2021.

Update of March 22, 9:37 am: UEFA headquarters in Nyon has been deserted due to the corona crisis , but considerations of how the Champions League can be continued after the game has stopped are in full swing . The picture on Sunday is apparently a paper that UEFA  calls the "Corona Calendar". It is said to outline seven scenarios for the rest of the season in the premier class.

Accordingly, all run out on June 27 as the final date. Variant one assumes that the competition will continue on April 14th. Then there would be enough time to run the games in regular format. However, the workload would be enormous. It would be played on ten weekends and nine times a week.

Champions League after Corona: clubs are facing a marathon 

Variant two: If the Champions League could not continue until April 28, this would already have consequences for the mode. The concrete plan, it is said, still has to be worked out with the leagues. However, it seems clear that the semi-finalists would no longer be determined in the first and second leg, but only in one game. There were only eight weekends and seven English weeks left for the games.

The five remaining scenarios have one thing in common: May 5 as the starting date. In these cases, the mode would have to be heavily adjusted due to time constraints. The final sprint could be particularly violent for the clubs. A variant seems to be to play out the finalists among four semi-finalists in a final four tournament three or two days before the final, writes the picture (pay barrier).

Hammer through UEFA? Football rhythm could be upside down because of Corona

Update from 4:46 pm: The European Football Union is considering catching up  on weekends for the currently suspended European Cup competitions  . "In return, games from national leagues, such as the Bundesliga, are possible  from Tuesday to Thursday  , which were originally reserved for European competitions," the DFB said after several video conferences from UEFA. The umbrella organization had previously moved the EURO 2020 to the summer of 2021, and all UEFA games were suspended “until further notice”.

"In addition to the postponement of EURO 2020, UEFA wants to make every effort to complete the national and European club competitions by June 30, 2020 ," said UEFA. The expiring contracts of the professionals usually end on this day. About concrete measures for the Champions League and Europa League during the coronavirus pandemic UEFA did not specify. The final four tournaments are also still in the room.

Champions League and Europa League in the Corona crisis: what's next?

Update of March 17:  The European Football Union has also announced the suspension of all other UEFA competitions as a result of the postponement of the EURO 2020. Until there is another announcement, there will be no games in the Champions and Europa League . The women's competitions will also be suspended . The international matches scheduled for the end of March , as well as the playoffs for the European Championships in early June, will take place if the corona pandemic allows it.


Champions League trophy: will it be awarded this summer?

© dpa / Claude Paris

The European Cup is currently stuck in the knockout stages, with UEFA stopping play in the Champions and Europa League last week. There was no other option - after all, two top-16 finalists in Real Madrid and Juventus are in quarantine .

This left it unclear how the winners in the  European club competitions should be determined. Recently there had been media reports that there should be final four events with semifinals and finals at the same location in the two tournaments . The final of the Champions League should be on May 30 in Istanbul, the final of the Europa League three days earlier in Gdansk.

Champions League and Europa League before Aus? UEFA announces decision

1:31 pm:  No Champions League next week, but Bundesliga at the weekend? Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge justified this decision with a surprising explanation.

Update of March 13, 11:11 am:  It's now fixed:  UEFA  has canceled all of the European Cup matches of the coming week due to the  Corona pandemic  . This applies to the remaining first knockout rounds of the  Champions League  and the second leg in the knockout round of the Europa League . Youth League games are also canceled. 

"Given the developments due to the spread of Covid-19 in Europe and the related decisions by various governments," the European governing body has decided to postpone all matches in the UEFA club competitions next week, a statement said.

Champions League and Europa League: Draw will also be postponed

In addition, the continental association announced that the draw for the quarter-final duels scheduled for March 20 must also be postponed.

The cancellation in the Champions League affects the German record champions Bayern Munich , who would have played against Chelsea on Wednesday *. In the Europa League, the games scheduled for Thursday from Bayer Leverkusen (against Glasgow Rangers), Eintracht Frankfurt (against FC Basel) and VfL Wolfsburg (at Shakhtar Donetsk) are canceled.

In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed. #UCL and #UEL quarter-final draws have also been postponed.

Full statement:: point_down:

- UEFA (@UEFA) March 13, 2020

Meanwhile, you have a crazy plan with fourth division VfR Aalen.

Champions League and Europa League before off: Second CL round of 16 finals canceled

Update from March 12, 6:09 p.m .: Now the second Champions League round of 16 has been postponed. The game between Juventus and Olympique Lyon has now been postponed indefinitely. This was announced by UEFA. The reason is the corona disease of the Juve player Daniele Rugani. *

The match between Manchester City and Real Madrid had previously been postponed.

Update from March 12, 6:07 p.m .: There was a lot to and fro about the Europa League encounter between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Base 1. Ultimately, the first leg will take place in Frankfurt without spectators . Annoying to the eagles. 

But you could get a little compensation. It is considered that the second leg will also be held in Frankfurt . Two home games in one round ? This has never happened before. Although they won’t win a fan advantage, they would save the travel hassle. 

The return leg against @ FCBasel1893 will take place in Frankfurt - subject to further unpredictable developments. Due to the current situation with the corona virus, the game will most likely also have to take place in camera.

- Eintracht Frankfurt (@Eintracht) March 12, 2020

But the upcoming Bundesliga matchday will also be heavily influenced by the corona virus and will be played in ghost games. FC Bayern Munich already took special measures for the PK with Hansi Flick. 

Champions League and Europa League before off: First CL round of 16 finals canceled

Update of 12 March, 17:18: That for next  Tuesday scheduled  knockout round second leg in the Champions League final between Manchester City and Real Madrid is in the course of  coronavirus pandemic  postponed  Service. The Citizens officially announced on Thursday.

The decision was expected after the entire Madrid squad had been quarantined after a positive test result in the club's basketball department. In response, the Spanish league announced that it would suspend play for the next two weeks.


- Manchester City (@ManCity) March 12, 2020

Champions League and Europa League before Aus? Coronavirus is likely to force UEFA to take radical action

First message from March 12: Nyon - One domino after the other falls. After countless sports leagues * have announced that they will end or interrupt the season *, UEFA is now apparently planning another drastic measure. According to the Spanish daily Marca, the European Football Union will suspend play in the Champions League and in the Europa League - due to the corona virus .

The corona consequences are already fatal - both health and economic. So far, only ghost games have been scheduled in the Bundesliga *. But it seems to be only a matter of time before the game is stopped. The Spanish league recently announced that it would take a break. Several professionals are now infected *.

Coronavirus: Champions League and Europa League will probably have to pause

Why the breaks and cancellations ? The background remains the same : in no country is the health system set up to care for such a wave of sick people at the same time. Covid-19 may not be fatal to everyone, but of course infected people with serious symptoms need to be treated properly. 

Diagram: Why it is so important to delay the spread of # covid19, #coronavirus. #Health system

- More logic - data & politics (@mehr_logik) March 7, 2020

After a certain point in time, the capacities are simply no longer sufficient. The result: the number of deaths increases. Not today, not tomorrow - with the usual exponential growth, experts are already expecting over a million people to be infected in May. Thousands of people would be in mortal danger. In Italy, 12,462 people were infected on Thursday, 827 of whom are dead.

It is therefore crucial to intervene now and stop the spread . For this reason, countless events are currently canceled - now also the Champions League and the Europa League? The Spanish association boss Luis Rubiales confirmed on Thursday that there are corresponding considerations. There was initially no official confirmation from UEFA . In the meantime, the Bavarian Football Association decided to suspend all amateur games until March 23.

Champions League: Coronavirus probably forces UEFA to take radical measures - Europa League also affected

The decision would be a novelty in the European premier class . In the past, eight group games had been postponed by a week since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. Otherwise, there were mostly only shifts due to bad weather conditions.

How and whether things will continue in the two most important European club competitions is still completely open. On March 17th there will be a big video conference with all those responsible. There are also considerations of a cancellation at the EURO 2020, and there is also the question of whether Olympia 2020 can take place - especially since the entire DHB team is in quarantine. Meanwhile, an ex-Bundesliga star made a shocking statement. In one country, football is still played despite the corona virus. Because of the corona virus, the Bundesliga has to pause for a long time. A FC Cologne fan has a guess as to the origin of the virus. What does FC Bayern have to do with it?

The bar of world champion Kevin Großkreutz has to close due to the corona crisis. He has an idea how he will not lose his shop anyway. He gets prominent support.

In the DFB Cup there are the semi-finals 1. FC Saarbrücken against Bayer Leverkusen and FC Bayern against Eintracht Frankfurt - we offer live tickers for both games.

While DFL boss Christian Seifert is confident that he is well prepared for a Bundesliga restart after the Corona break *, the example of Dresden shows how thin the ice is. A commentary by sports editor Manuel Bonke.

* is part of the Germany-wide Ippen-Digital editors network.

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Source: merkur

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