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Football Roundup: UEFA Sets Out Champions League Comeback Plans

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By Jonathan Easton

European football governing body UEFA has announced plans for the return of the continent’s top club football competition the Champions League.

With leagues around Europe either scrambling to finish their seasons – namely Germany and England – or being curtailed altogether – such as France and the Netherlands – the status of the Champions League and Europa League had largely flown under the radar.

Now with most leagues starting to resume, UEFA has said that the top-tier Champions League will be played out as an eight-team tournament in Lisbon between August 12-23, with the four remaining last 16 second leg matches to take place on August 7-8.

The Europa League will take place in a similar format across four stadiums in Germany between August 10-21.

The remaining matches in the Women’s Champions League will be played as a knockout tournament in Bilbao and San Sebastian between August 21-30.

In addition, the body said that the delayed Euro 2020 will start on June 11 2021 with all 12 original host cities to stage matches.

UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin said: “I am delighted that we are able to resume almost all of our competitions. I am confident that we will not have to endure the fans’ absence for long and that they will be allowed into stadiums sooner rather than later.

“UEFA took a bold decision when it decided to postpone Euro 2020. But in doing so, we created the space which has allowed domestic club competitions across the continent to resume, where possible, and play to a conclusion.

“While the game has suffered huge difficulties as a result of the pandemic, those blows would have landed much harder if we had not shown leadership in those early days.” https://www.digitaltveurope.com

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