All you need to know: 2021 Champions League final
posted on 28-05-2021 by Gurusoccer
Manchester City will face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final in Estádio do Dragão on 29 May at 21:00 CET. Get the lowdown on the 2020/21 decider in the home of FC Porto.
Who will contest the final?
Manchester City will face fellow Premier League side, Chelsea, in the 66th European Cup final. City is in the final for the first time, while Chelsea is looking forward to their third showpiece having lifted the trophy once, in 2012.
When does it take place?
The game will be played on Saturday 29 May, kicking off at 21:00 CET. The UEFA Europa League final took place on Wednesday 26 May, while UEFA EURO 2020 begins on Friday 11 June.
Where is it being played?
The final will be held at the Estádio do Dragão, home of FC Porto. It has a seating capacity of 50,033, making it the third-largest football stadium in Portugal. The arena staged the 2019 UEFA Nations League decider and was built for UEFA EURO 2004. The final was originally intended to take place at Istanbul's Atatürk Olympic Stadium. However, COVID-19 restrictions meant that on 13 May 2021, UEFA decided to switch the venue.
Are supporters allowed?
The Portuguese authorities have confirmed a capacity of 33% or up to 16,500 spectators. Each of the finalist clubs had an allocation of 6,000 tickets reserved for their supporters and sales for those were conducted by the clubs directly. A further 1,700 tickets made available for the general public sold out on Tuesday 25 May 2021.
Is there an opening ceremony?
You bet there is. The American electronic music producer and DJ, Marshmello, will perform a unique set ahead of this season's UEFA Champions League final opening ceremony. Known for smash hits Happier, Silence and Friends, the platinum-certified artist/producer will deliver an epic virtual performance.
Who's the final referee?
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, a 44-year-old Spaniard who is among the officials for UEFA EURO 2020 this summer, has been appointed referee for the final.
Is there VAR?
Yes. The video assistant referee (VAR) system has been used throughout this season’s competition.
Five substitutions are allowed, with a sixth permitted for each side if the final goes to extra time. The matchday squad will comprise 23 players.
What does the winner get?
The current UEFA Champions League trophy stands 73.5cm tall and weighs 7.5kg. "It may not be an artistic masterpiece but everybody in football is keen to get their hands on it," said creator Jürg Stadelmann. The UEFA Champions League winners are also assured of a place in the group stage of the 2021/22 edition should they not have qualified already via their domestic league.
Who is the 'home' team?
City is the nominal home team due to a draw made for administrative purposes in March. Both finalists may wear their first-choice colours, but if there is a clash then the club designated as the away side must use an alternative kit.