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Baku and Madrid to compete for hosting 2019 Champions League final

Baku and Madrid to compete for hosting 2019 Champions League final Baku and Madrid are bidding to host the 2019 Champions League final, UEFA said on Friday.

The Olympic Stadium in the Azerbaijani capital will be a 2020 European Championship venue, and Atletico Madrid's new Metropolitano Stadium will open this year. Both have capacities of about 70,000.

UEFA said it has received declarations of interest from 15 member associations to host UEFA club competition finals in 2019.

Selection of hosts will be made in September 2017

The bidding procedure for the selection of the venues to host the finals of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Women’s Champions League and UEFA Super Cup in 2019, was launched on 9 December 2016, with a 27 January deadline set for associations to express their interest.

UEFA has returned to an open tender process after years of awarding the most prestigious match in world club soccer without bids.

This season's Champions League final will be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, which was overlooked for Euro 2020. Next year, the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, will host the match weeks before the World Cup kicks off in neighboring Russia.

Spain has not hosted the game since 2010, when Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Baku would be only the second eastern bloc venue for a European Cup or Champions League final. Moscow hosted the 2008 final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Seven stadiums have entered the 2019 Europa League final bid contest. They include Baku, Euro 2020 venue Hampden Park in Glasgow and the home stadiums of Besiktas in Istanbul and Sevilla. Germany has offered two choices — Frankfurt and Stuttgart — though only one can be officially considered. The other contender is Tbilisi, Georgia, which has hosted a UEFA Super Cup.
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