With Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich set to square off against each other in a highly-anticipated Champions League final, all eyes will be on the Estadio da Luz – officially known as the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica – on Sunday night.
Of course, football fans that support both clubs will be eagerly awaiting the match – with some watching behind their hands – whilst there will be a plethora of others watching the action as well. The football world will likely be tuning in as they will all want to watch two of the best teams from Europe take part, whilst there will be some that have a keen interest as they continue to get enjoyment with their online sports betting escapades.
Indeed, the final is taking place months later than it should have done because of the current pandemic sweeping across the globe and the stadium for the final was just one of the things that was also forced to be changed because of the current situation.
Estadio da Luz
Originally, the Champions League final was set to take place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on 30 May 2020, however UEFA had to make a change. Therefore, the Estadio da Luz in Portugal was chosen.
The 64,642-seater capacity stadium is the home to A Bola outfit Benfica and has been considered to be one of the most impressive stadiums within the continent; thus making it a venue worthy of hosting a final of a competition with the prestige that the Champions League carries.
It is not the first Champions League final it will have hosted, having previously welcomed Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the 2014 edition of the competition – a fixture that saw Los Blancos run out as 4-1 winners.
The Estadio da Luz has also a number of international matches, for example a number of matches at the Euro 2004 Championships including the final.
Previous matches at the Estadio da Luz in this season’s Champions League
Unfortunately for PSG, Bayern Munich have some recent history with the stadium and one that will likely strike fear into the Parisians.
The last time the Bavarians played at the Estadio da Luz, they ran out as 8-2 winners against Barcelona in their quarter-final clash of the 2019/20 edition of the Champions League.
PSG did, though, manage to beat Atalanta BC in the quarter-finals when held at the stadium, as well as seeing off Red Bull Leipzig in the semi-final of the competition.
Therefore the surroundings will not be unknown to each side and both have been able to develop a winning formula in what will be an eerie venue on Sunday.
The Atatürk Olympic Stadium may have to wait their turn to host the Champions League final for a little while longer, however the Estadio da Luz is more than a suitable replacement.