Return dates confirmed for new-look UCL

UEFA Champions League

The long-awaited return dates for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League have finally been confirmed, with both tournaments taking on a new-look format from the quarter-final stages. 

On Wednesday, the UEFA Executive Committee reached a decision on the regulations, format, dates and venues of its upcoming club and international competitions, including its Champions League and Europa League tournaments. 

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In light of the decisions made, the UCL will return on 7 and 8 August 2020 when the remaining Round of 16 clashes will be completed, after which the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the tournament will be played in Lisbon in the form of a "final eight straight knock-out tournament".

This means that all of the matches following the Round of 16 will be played over a single match at a neutral venue, rather than the two-legged home-and-away approach which has historically been adopted in the competition. 

The Europa League will immediately commence with the revised format, with all remaining matches to be played across Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen in Germany between 10 and 21 August 2020.

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UEFA have also confirmed that the final of the Champions League will be played in Lisbon on 23 August, rather than in Istanbul, Turkey, and that the host cities for each of the next four editions of the competition had agreed to host the tournament a year later than originally planned.