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Iconic Champions League final stadiums

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Champions League Final Stadiums Overview

As the largest club tournament in Europe, and indeed the world, the Champions League has seen its fair share of classics over the years. And of course, none of this would have been possible without the iconic Champions League stadiums being used to host such intense matches. While we all appreciate the quality of the teams, players, and exquisite football that the final of this competition has shown in the past, we're focusing on the stadiums that have hosted them.

Most importantly, apart from the group stages and knockout out matches in the UEFA Champions League, the venues that host the finals are always closely scrutinized. Football fans are always curious to see which stadium will be handed the ultimate test and so, with so many stadiums to choose from in Europe, we have a feeling that you will have some fond memories of some of the games and stadiums we’ll be talking about, so let’s dive right in.

Estádio da Luz – Portugal

As it happens, this isn’t the first time in the last decade that the Estadio da Luz has been used for the Champions League final. While this stadium hosted the 2019/2020 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and PSG, it also hosted the final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the 2013/2014 competition. The stadium itself is pretty well equipped for an event of this magnitude too, which is probably why it has been picked twice. Having been built in 2003 for a grand total of €162 million, it’s an excellent purpose-built venue, and it supports almost 65,000 spectators at full capacity.

The two finals that this stadium hosted in the last 10 years have been quite different. In the 2013/2014 final, Real Madrid destroyed Atletico Madrid by 4-1, even though the game went to extra-time. This was a game full of intensity, and it was played in front of around 61,000 fans.

This stood in stark contrast to when in 2020, the Champions League Final was played behind closed doors due to the Covid pandemic. Those watching at home saw Bayern Munich ultimately emerge as the winners with a narrow 1-0 victory over PSG.

Metropolitano Stadium – Spain

The 2018/2019 final was the only time in the last 10 years that two English teams competed for this trophy. Of course, this game was played between Tottenham and Liverpool, with 63,000+ spectators in attendance at the Metropolitano Stadium.

Although this final consisted of two English teams, the stadium is the home of Atletico Madrid. And in our opinion, out of the several Champions League final stadiums we’ve mentioned here, this one has one of the best atmospheres when the capacity reaches almost 100%. This stadium has a rather unique history too, as it was completely closed from 2004 to 2017, before being renovated for the cost of around €240 million. It would seem that the renovations caught the attention of the right people too, as it hosted this magnificent spectacle just two years later.

NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium – Ukraine

Ukraine has had its fair share of turbulence over the years, although for the 2017/2018 final, the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium was selected to host the Champions League final. While the stadium allowed for a maximum capacity of just over 70,000, it supported over 100,000 fans back in 1977 when Bayern Munich played Dynamo Kyiv. This is the only time that a stadium in Ukraine had been chosen for a Champions League final – ever! So as you can imagine, this was a pretty big deal, and the game lived up the hype too.

In this one, Real Madrid managed to dispatch Liverpool by a score of 3-1. Of course, this was the infamous game where Ramos took the in-form Mo Salah out of the game by dragging him to the ground by the shoulder. Intentional or not, this has been a huge topic of discussion ever since the game, and it’s one of the most-talked-about Champions League moments of the last decade.

Millennium Stadium – Wales

Depending on which team you were rooting for in the 2016/2017 final, you would have felt absolute ecstasy or despair following the conclusion of this one. Real Madrid fan saw Los Merengues mount the first successful title defence since 1990. However, Juventus fans saw their side lose their fifth consecutive Champions League final since lifting the coveted trophy back in 1996. It was a real hammering too, and with that 4-1 scoreline, Real Madrid secured their 12th Champions League title.

While Mario Mandzukic did score one of the best goals ever seen in a Champions League final, it still wasn’t enough to knock Real Madrid their game. The stadium too was the perfect fit for this game. The Welsh venue saw more than 65,000 pour through the doors for this game, and it was the very first time that a Champions League final was played with a closed roof.

San Siro – Italy

The 2015/2016 final marked the start of an historic Real Madrid run, although we didn’t know it at the time. When Real Madrid managed to wriggle past Atletico Madrid at San Siro, the stage was set for the hat-trick of Champions League trophies that the club lifted. This drama-filled cross-city clash saw Real Madrid won by 5-3 on penalties, and with almost 72,000 fans in attendance, we can only imagine the nerves when taking those final shots. With that said, it must have been magical at the same time, to win at one of the biggest football stadiums in the whole of Europe!

Olympiastadion – Germany

Apologies if you are a Juventus fan, but the team was eventually outclassed in the 2014/2015 final, losing to Barcelona by a 3-1 scoreline. This game was played at the Olympiastadion in Germany, and with goals from Alvaro Morata, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Barcelona managed to ultimately destroy the Italian squad with fierce and skillful play. The  70,000+ strong crowd made it one of the best-attended finals over the last 10 years.

We must say, the Olympiastadion was a great pick over the other Champions League final stadiums that could have hosted the game. This was backed up by the noise of the fans, the quality of the pitch, and the general organization of the event too. It was just magnificent, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the stadium is picked to host such an event in the future.

Wembley Stadium – England

In 2012/2013, we saw a different rivalry of two teams from the same nation – Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Of course, when you match up two side from the same country it always makes for a special game, and this one lived up to expectations. It wasn’t a super high-scoring game, as Bayern ultimately won the game 2-1, but it was full of flair and drama. What better setting than Wembley to see such a spectacle too?

Not only was the game one of the top finals for the drama that we’ve seen, but the attendance was also the second-largest in the last decade for a Champions League final – more than 86,000! Of course, many German football fans made the trip to watch the game, and we’d say that it was worth it.

Allianz Arena – Germany

As it happens, this was the only final in the last decade where one team actually had the chance to play at their home stadium. During the 2011/2012 final, Bayern Munich made the final and received the honour of playing in front of home fans at the Allianz Stadium. In this contest, Bayern Munich played the in-form Chelsea, and while the game went right down to the wire with penalties needed to find a winner, Chelsea ultimately won the game. The Allianz Arena recorded 62,500 attendees for this game, which made the atmosphere absolutely electric, especially since there was a German team involved.

And when we look back at some of our favourite Champions League final moments, we cannot ignore Didier Drogba’s chipped penalty during the shootout. Not only was this incredibly daring, but to have the courage and the audacity to do that in the first place was nothing short of legendary.

Santiago Bernabeu – Spain

Since Wembley hosted the 2010/2011 final, we will run through a bonus game here, highlighting the 2009/2010 final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. This stadium has been entertaining football fans since 1947, and with it being the home of Real Madrid, it’s a stadium that is just perfect for a Champions League final. This game saw an impressive number of fans flock to the ground to watch the clash too, with more than 73,000 being the official count. As it happens, Inter Milan managed to beat Bayern Munich in this one by 2-0, which naturally boosted the already inflated ego of Jose Mourinho!

This is one of the reasons why we loved this final so much, however, as it was quite amazing to see Mourinho demonstrate his managerial abilities to achieve such success with Inter Milan. This was all done despite Bayern Munich being the overwhelming favourites.

Champions League Final Stadiums – Key Records

Record for hosting most finals

Out of the various Champions League finals stadiums we’ve discussed here, there is one that holds the title of the very best, and that Stadium is Wembley. Historically, this stadium has paved the way for the highest attendance figures for Champions League finals, and it has hosted the finals a total of 7 times! Then again, when you consider the size and stature of a stadium like Wembley, it’s hard for other stadiums in Europe to even compete, and we anticipate that Wembley will host many more finals in the future.

The club with the most Champions League titles

Surprise-surprise, the club with the most Champions League victories of all time is Real Madrid. These guys have won the Champions League an incredible 13 times, with the nearest team being Inter Milan, who has just 7 in comparison. Perhaps more impressively, 4 of Madrid’s titles have come in the last decade too, largely thanks to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and others. However, since the last title came in 2018, you could say that Real Madrid is now on a drought of Champions League success by their standards!

Where will the 2023/24 Champions League finals be played?

Ahead of every Champions League season, the big question fans always ask is where will the finals be played. So, here we pose the question again: Where will the 2023/24 ULC finals take place?

Well, Wembley, England's biggest football stadium,  is making headlines yet again ahead of the 2023/24 Champions League. The big soccer stage is set to host the most-watched European football event – the  UEFA Champions League.

On 1 June 2024, Wembley will be the place to be for fans of the best two teams that will take on each other in the European football spectacle. Wembley has a seating capacity of 90,000, so expect massive attendance of fans of the teams that will make the finals on 1 June 2024.

Football fans always look ahead to the next UEFA Champions League finals taking place and in the 2023/24 season, the list has borrowed down to some of the finest European clubs taking on each other in the quarterfinals.

The competition's quarterfinals have been planned with Real Madrid taking on Man City, which means one of these teams, arguably the richest clubs in Europe will be out before the semifinals, so this is a must-watch fixture on 9 April 2024.

In-form Arsenal will once again face Bayern Munich, so the Gunners hope they can prove themselves against the German opposition starting 9 April 2024. PSG and Barcelona will clash in the quarters on 10 April 2024, and another unmissable Champions League night clash on 10 April 2024.

Moreover, Dortmund vs Atletico Madrid on 10th April is another fixture worth watching on the big day.

How to get the Wembely 2023/24 Champions League finals tickets

With the clock ticking fast toward the big day when Wembley becomes the epitome of this season's UCL campaign, fans have been asking questions. For example, where can one find the UCL tickets hassle-free?

The draw for the UCL finals is not yet out as the competition just entered the quarterfinals. According to information available on the UEFA website, football fans have to wait until April 2024 for an update on where and how to purchase the tickets. Often, UCL finals tickets are purchased from the official UEFA website and may include the official Wembley Website that is set to host this year's finals.

Who are the reigning Champions League title holders?

Manchester City are the reigning UEFA Champions League title holders. Pep Guardiola guided the Cityzens to their first-ever UCL title, so defending that crown is top of their priority this season.

However, a clash with Los Blancos will not be a walk in the park for Man City, so a good strategy against Ancelotti's side is crucial ahead of the quarterfinals. This quarterfinals matchup is undoubtedly the highlight of this year's campaign, with both teams having met severally.

In recent 12 meetings, Real Madrid bagged 4 wins while City had 5 wins, during which 3 draws were recorded.  Notably, 10 of the previous 12 duels were in the UCL, noting that Man City never lost when hosting Los Blancos at the Etihad.

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