Champions League final moved to Porto

The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City on Saturday 29 May will now take place at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto in northern Portugal.

European club football’s showpiece occasion had been set for the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul. However, with Turkey placed on the UK Government’s ‘red list’ for foreign travel, UEFA have moved the final after talks with the Portuguese, Turkish and British authorities.

Ticketing and travel arrangements will be confirmed in due course. Kick-off will be at 8pm local time (also 8pm UK time).

It will be our fifth game at the 50,000-capacity Dragao in northern Portugal. We won a group game against Porto there in 2009 courtesy of a Nicolas Anelka header, and drew 1-1 in the first leg of a round of 16 tie a couple of years earlier. We went on to win the second leg, as we did the group when we lost on our first and most recent visits there, in 2004 and 2015.

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