Baku or Atletico Madrid's new stadium to host UEFA Champions League final in 2019

Azerbaijan's capital Baku is vying with Madrid to host the 2019 Champions League final, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Friday.

The Champions League logo. Reuters

The Champions League logo. Reuters

Baku's near 70,000-seater Olympic Stadium and Atletico Madrid's new home from next season, the Estadio Metropolitano, are the two contenders to stage the final of Europe's most prestigious club competition in two years time.

Madrid last staged the Champions League final in 2010, when Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich at Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium. If Baku is chosen as the venue when European football's governing body announces its decision in September, it would be the first time that a major fixture will be staged in Azerbaijan. Baku is hoping to host the event for the first time.

Baku has also pitched to host the 2019 Europa League final - it cannot be selected for both - with six other cities including Tbilisi, Glasgow, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Sevilla and Istanbul lodging applications to stage the game.

This season's Champions League final will take place in Cardiff, with the Europa League final in Stockholm.

The final bid proposals must be delivered by 6 June, 2017.

Published Date: Feb 04, 2017 18:09 PM | Updated Date: Feb 04, 2017 18:09 PM

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