UEFA have confirmed that Bayern Munich’s home stadium, the Allianz Arena, is one of two candidates to host the 2021 Champions League final.
European football’s governing body confirmed on Friday, February 22nd that the German football association, as well as their counterparts from Russia, had followed up the interest shown in November by submitting formal applications to host the showpiece of Europe’s top competition on May 29th, 2021.
The Russian application has put forward Zenit Saint Petersburg’s home ground, the Saint Petersburg Stadium, as the alternative to Munich’s 75,000-seat venue. The Russian stadium hosted matches in 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.
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The Allianz Arena hosted six matches during the 2006 World Cup, including the opening match and one of the semi-finals. Bayern also contested the 2012 Champions League Final on their home turf, a match they ultimately lost 3-4 on penalties to Chelsea FC.
After the city council approved the application, Munich mayor Dieter Reiter indicated his support, saying that it was “the right move for Munich.” He added that, “we’ll have to wait and see if we’re successful.”
That wait will stretch until the beginning of the next Bundesliga season: UEFA will make their final decision on who will host the 2021 Final in September of this year.