Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Champions League and Europa League to resume in August

The UEFA Executive Committee has mapped out the rest of this season's UEFA cups, including match days and venues.


The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League will resume on Friday 7 August.

The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played as a straight knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal in August. All these ties will be single-leg fixtures.

A decision is pending on whether the four remaining round of 16 second legs will take place at the home team’s stadium or in Portugal.

The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be split between Benfica's Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting CP's Estádio José Alvalade. The Estádio do Dragão in Porto and the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães will host the four outstanding round of 16 second legs if required.

The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League has been on hold since Wednesday 11 March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The revised schedule to conclude this season's competition was confirmed following Wednesday's UEFA Executive Committee meeting.
2019/20 UEFA Champions League schedule

7-8 August: Round of 16 second legs (venues to be confirmed)
12-15 August: Quarter-finals (Lisbon)
18-19 August: Semi-finals (Lisbon)
23 August: Final (Lisbon)

All fixtures will kick off at 21:00 CET. The date for the quarter-final and semi-final draws will be communicated in due course; the exact match schedule will then follow.
Upcoming UEFA Champions League finals

The 2019/20 final was due to be held at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul which will now instead stage the 2020/21 showpiece. The three subsequent final venues have also agreed to host a year later than originally planned.

2020: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica or Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
2021: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
2022: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg, Russia
2023: Football Arena Munich, Munich, Germany
2024: Wembley Stadium, London, England


The 2019/20 UEFA Europa League will resume on Wednesday 5 August.

The 2019/20 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played as a straight knockout tournament across four cities in Germany in August: Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen. All these ties will be single-leg fixtures.

A decision is pending on whether the round of 16 second legs will take place at the home team's stadium or in Germany. The ties where the first leg was also postponed – namely Inter vs Getafe and Sevilla vs Roma – will be played as a single leg at a venue to be confirmed.

The 2019/20 UEFA Europa League has been on hold since Thursday 12 March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The revised schedule to conclude this season's competition was confirmed following Wednesday's UEFA Executive Committee meeting.
2019/20 UEFA Europa League schedule

5–6 August: Round of 16 (venues to be confirmed)
10–11 August: Quarter-finals (Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen)
16–17 August: Semi-finals (venues to be confirmed)
21 August: Final (Cologne)

Round of 16 fixtures will kick off at either 18:55 CET or 21:00 CET, with all subsequent fixtures beginning at 21:00 CET. The date for the quarter-final and semi-final draws will be communicated in due course; the exact match schedule will then follow.
Upcoming UEFA Europa League finals

The 2019/20 final was due to be held at the Gdańsk Stadium in Poland which will now instead stage the 2020/21 showpiece. The two subsequent final venues have also agreed to host a year later than originally planned.

2020: Stadion Köln, Cologne, Germany
2021: Gdańsk Stadium in Gdańsk, Poland
2022: Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, Sevilla, Spain
2023: Puskás Aréna, Budapest, Hungary

29 comments:

  1. Very games in Lisbon for just 2 stadiums = Bad grass
    in the north of portugal there are plenty of UEFA stadiums that could host these matches without putting pressure on the grass. For example: Estádio do Dragão, Estádio Municipal de Braga, Estádio D. Afonso Henriques and Estádio do Bessa within a radius of 30 km ...
    Bad decision of UEFA and Portuguese Football Federation!

    Good example in Germany, many stadiums!
    Important matches deserve the best possible turf!

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  2. Very controversial situation in Aston Villa - Sheffield United, Villa GK drops the ball behind the goal line, but the goal is not awarded and VAR does not intervene:

    https://www.clippituser.tv/c/paevwp
    https://www.clippituser.tv/c/egadwy

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    1. https://imgur.com/a/7Kxbx80

      ...

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    2. I mean even if goal line technology somehow did not worked, how the assistant referee or VAR did not intervene...

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    3. Trying to find an explanation: possibly referee and assistant referee trusted the GLT too much (understandably, given that the system has been efficient and always worked ever since it's establishment in PL). Possibly VAR trusted it as well and simply did not check the images. And that might as well suggest that because of the huge trust in that technology, VAR possibly never checks "Goal vs No Goal" situations. Which he absolutely should and must though!

      Currently pissed off about the backlash Michael Oliver is currently receiving on social media, you can't possibly blame him. If the referees were told at half-time about this, damn, refereeing the second half with this incident in mind must be tough!

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    4. Who is the VAR?

      This is unacceptable, sorry.

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    5. VAR: Paul Tierney
      AVAR: Constantine Hatzidakis

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    6. VAR should have intervened without thinking too much about what to do and maybe wondering whether he was entitled to do so or not. Goal was very clear, even without technology. This was a situation in which the intervention was needed. Another dark page of PL officiating. The level of officaiating in England is embarrassing.

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    7. A goal NOT being conceded at the end of the day here is worse than Karásev and his team's decisive corner kick mistake in Salzburg-Marseille semi-final XD

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    8. Hawk-Eye statement:
      https://twitter.com/Hawkeye_view/status/1273329766750445569

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  3. Penalty and red card for David Luiz for dogso no attempt to play the ball in Man City v Arsenal. Good decision by referee Anthony Taylor.

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    1. Agreed. Just after the 2-0, did Sterling commit an SFP on Mustafi?

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    2. Not that I saw. Do you have a clip?

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    3. He gets the ball, it's just the trailing leg that catches him. Reckless at maximum.

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    4. micheal and taylor with good games.

      Shame paul tierenry VAR horrible mistake

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  4. Marchetti and Ceferin didn't report anything about VAR. Will be exist as now or will be any changes??

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  5. Horriffic collision in the Arsenal vs Manchester City game between the attacker and goalkeeper. Goalkeeper got the ball first but completely ran over the attacker. Only a drop ball.

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    1. It was the goalkeeper and the defender, not the attacker. Drop ball was correct.

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  6. !!BREAKING NEWS!!

    - PORTUGAL -

    F. Veríssimo tests positive for COVID-19, again!

    Fábio Veríssimo returned to training in early June and had four negative tests before being nominated for the first time. This Wednesday, in compliance with the protocol of resumption of competitions, he returned to test positive for covid-19.

    As a precaution and in compliance with the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health, the FPF Arbitration Council decided to replace Fábio Veríssimo.

    Veríssimo was, in VAR, in the match between SC Braga and Boavista, last week


    New appointment:

    Friday 19th June

    20:00 Vitória de Guimarães - Moreirense
    João Pinheiro - Bruno Rodrigues, Nuno Eiras - Sérgio Guelho
    [André Narciso*, Bruno Jesus]

    22:15 FC Famalicão - SC Braga
    Hugo Miguel* - Nuno Pereira, Pedro Martins - Miguel Nogueira
    [Hélder Malheiro, Rui Cidade]

    * Appointment changed to June 17 at 10 pm André Narciso replaces Hugo Miguel as VAR of the game Vitória SC-Moreirense FC

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    1. Thanks, PMF. I'm really sorry for Fábio Veríssimo and hope he can recover in good time. What bad luck for him...

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  7. UEFA - PORTUGAL

    Oporto lost the UEFA Super Cup final to Budapest.
    A few minutes ago, Fernando Gomes, vice president of the UEFA executive committee and president of the Portuguese Football Federation, accompanied by the president of the Portuguese republic and the Portuguese prime minister, announced that the city of Oporto will receive a UEFA final until 2026.

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  8. CROATIAN PRVA HNL MATCHDAY 30- REFEREE APPOINTMENTS

    Saturday, 20th June 2020

    18:55 Inter Zaprešić - Osijek
    Duje Strukan, Goran Perica, Hrvoje Radić, Jakov Titlić
    [Mario Zebec, Borut Križarić]

    21:05 Gorica - Dinamo
    Marin Vidulin, Goran Loparac, Dino Knez, Josip Lučić
    [Ivan Bebek, Miro Grgić]

    21:05 Varaždin - Istra
    Tihomir Pejin, Goran Pataki, Marjan Tomas, Andrej Burilo
    [Goran Gabrilo, Tomislav Petrović]

    Sunday, 21st June 2020

    18:55 Slaven Belupo - Rijeka
    Marko Matoc, Bojan Zobenica, Luka Pušić, Goran Pečarić
    [Mario Zebec, Igor Krmar]

    21:05 Lokomotiva - Hajduk
    Damir Batinić, Vedran Đurak, Kruno Šarić, Ivan Matić
    [Ivan Bebek, Jerko Crnčić]

    This is debut match for 30 year old assistant referee Dino Knez from Osijek.
    Ivan Bebek (UEFA, 1st) and Mario Zebec (UEFA, 3rd) have double VAR appoitments in this matchday.
    This is Duje Strukan's (UEFA, 2nd) 17th match in Prva HNL 2019/2020. He shares top of the list with Ivan Bebek (both 17). Duje Strukan is 35 and in my opinion he is 2nd best Croatian referee and I hope to see him in Europa League match soon. Also, I think that he is main candidate for this cup final Lokomotiva - Rijeka (to be played on August 1).

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    1. My guess for cup final is Damir Batinic. He is 45, this is his last season, he is in a great form and cup final would be a great farewell.

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    2. Damir Batinic refereed last year final between Dinamo and Rijeka, so I don't think he will be appointed.

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    3. It would not be a first time that someone is appointed two years in a row. Most recent Vucemilovic in 2015 and 2016 and Bebek in 2011 and 2012. There is no rule regarding number of appointments for cup final as well as number of consecutive finals in Croatia. But I agree that Strukan is one of the top candidates for the final.

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  9. Very very good refereeing by José María Sánchez Martínez in Real Madrid - Valencia.
    Valencia scored in 22', but goal was disallowed after VAR review.
    Straight RC for VC for Valencia player in 89'

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  10. What an excellent performance from Jose Maria tonight. Definetley Elite potential and also somebody who will be as a referee at Germany in 2024.

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