UEFA Competitions News: 1st Quals, Stadia

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UEFA have announced the venues for the Champions League Final and Europa League Final in 2018, just as the first teams progress through the opening qualification rounds of this season’s competitions.

The 2018 Champions League will climax in Saint-Denis near Paris at the Stade de France, the French national stadium which has previously hosted the Final in 2000 and 2006. Bids were also considered from Athens, Old Trafford, Cardiff, and the most recent host city, Lisbon. This year’s Final will be played at Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı in Istanbul, which also hosted back in 2005.

The 2018 Europa League Final will be played in the Friends Arena in Stockholm, which opened in 2012 and is home of AIK Fotboll and the Swedish national team. The venue was selected above bids from Chorzów, Berlin, Brussels, and Vienna. This season’s Final will be played at the Vicente Calderón, home of Atletico Madrid.

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:

Tre Penne (San Marino) and Ulisses FC (Armenia) are the two sides that have qualified from the First Qualifying Phase of the Champions League, which features the domestic champions from UEFA’s four lowest-ranked nations.

Tre Penne beat FC Andorra 3-1 on aggregate, while Ulisses progress after a 3-0 aggregate win over Havnar Bóltfelag from the Faroe Islands. They join 32 other clubs in the Second Qualifying Phase which introduces clubs such as Celtic, Levski Sofia, Steaua Bucharest, and Dinamo Zagreb.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE:

Thirty-seven clubs have progressed from the competition’s First Qualifying Round, with a notable 12-0 aggregate win for second-tier German side VfL Bochum who beat Tre Fiori of San Marino 6-0 in both legs.

Other sides progressing to the next round include Rosenborg, Skonto Riga, Luzern, and Helsingsborg. 80 clubs are in the Second Qualifying Round which introduces clubs like Feyenoord, Austria Vienna, Dundee United, Partizan Belgrade, and FC Midtjylland.

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