The joint bid of Portugal and Spain to host the 2030 World Cup today (13) won one of the main assets behind the scenes of UEFA: the formalization of Estádio do Dragão, in Porto, as the stage for the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League Final, between Manchester City and Chelsea, on the 29th May.
Initially scheduled at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium, the decision of the largest club competition in Europe changed its direction due to travel restrictions between the UK and Turkey. Both club delegations as well as fans in England will be required to comply with a ten-day quarantine.
Among the political and sporting movements, the Portuguese Football Association, according to Al Sports It was discovered that he was largely responsible for ensuring the confrontation between the two teams led by Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel, just as it had happened in the previous season. On this occasion, the country also hosted, this time in Lisbon, the final of the same tournament, of which Bayern Munich were the champions with a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Stadio da Luz.
With two consecutive Champions League Final on Portuguese soil, first acclaimed by the planning and organizing participants, European Football Association (FPF) realizes that it is held in high esteem within UEFA, and thus in FIFA. It sees itself, then, as a favorite to win the competition to host the 2030 World Cup, in partnership with neighboring Spain.
Currently, Morocco (CAF) and the South American alliance formed by Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile (CONMEBOL) are opponents of the Iberian candidacy. The choice will only be known in 2024.
Epidemic control in Portugal is an asset
With 840,000 cases and nearly 17,000 deaths, Portugal is currently undergoing an advanced process of de-conglomeration. The situation is seen as “under the control” of the authorities – days have passed, for example, without deaths from the Coronavirus recorded. According to unofficial data, 29% of the country’s population has already received the first dose of the vaccine, while 11% have already received the second dose.
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