Champions League "Final Eight" Set For Lisbon
UEFA have announced the new format, dates, and venues for the Champions League and Europa League resumptions (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

This year's Champions League will resume this August in Lisbon, Portugal, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced Wednesday. UEFA set the dates, venues, and details for both Europe's elite competitions as well the Europa League which will take place in Germany.

UCL Details

The Champions League will restart with the four remaining second leg matchups in the last 16. After, the competition will move to single elimination.

And Ceferin has NOT ruled out the possibility of fans attending the games. "A month ago I couldn't even answer if we can play the competition. Now we will play, hopefully," he explained.

"We haven't decided about no spectators or spectators yet. We will assess the situation at the beginning of July, then we will see what the situation will be like. It would be incompetent for us to decide in advance about a situation that is so unsure at this moment."

The match-ups may take place at home venues. But if those locations are not possible due to travel restrictions, quarantines, or a myriad of other reasons, the games will move to the city of Porto, not Lisbon, in the stadiums Porto or Guimares.

"A decision will be made in due course on whether these matches for which the first leg has already been played will be staged at the home team's venue" said an official statement from UEFA.

The last 16 second legs will be played on Friday, August 7th and Saturday the 8th.

Bayern Munich v Chelsea (3-0)

Juventus v Lyon (0-1)

Manchester City v Real Madrid (2-1)

Napoli v Barcelona (1-1)

The four winners will join the four already qualified teams: Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and RB Leipzig.

The quarterfinal matchups will take place from Wednesday, August 12th to Saturday, August 15th with one game per day.

The semifinals will also be on separate days, Tuesday, August 18th and Wednesday, August 19th.

The final will be on Sunday, August 23rd in Lisbon, moving from Istanbul, Turkey which was originally supposed to host the showpiece event.

Europa League Details

The Europa League has also been rescheduled, needing to complete all the Round-of-16 second legs. Just like the Champions League, the second tier competition may see the matches at home venues. If that is not possible, the matches will move to Germany.

The quarterfinals onward will then also change to single elimination knockouts all in Germany. Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, and Gelsenkirchen will host the matches.

The last 16 second legs will continue as follows on Wednesday, August 5th, and Thursday, August 6th.

Copenhagen v Basaksehir (0-1)

Wolverhampton v Olympiacos (1-1)

Bayer Leverkusen v Rangers (3-1)

Shakhtar Donetsk v Wolfsburg (2-1)

Basel v Eintracht Frankfurt (3-0)

Manchester United v LASK (5-0)

Getafe v Inter Milan and Sevilla v Roma never played their first legs due to the Coronavirus stoppages starting earlier in Spain and Italy. Their last 16 ties will change to one leg.

The quarterfinals will take place on Monday, August 10th and Tuesday, August 11th.

The semifinals will follow on Sunday, August 16th and Monday, August 17th.

The city of Cologne will host the final on Friday, August 21st, replacing Gdansk, Poland.

Other Announcements

UEFA also announced the UEFA Super Cup, contested by the winners of the Champions League and Europa League will happen in Budapest, Hungary on Thursday, September 24th.

The qualifying rounds for next year's competition will all change to one-legged ties, except the final qualifying round which will see the winner qualify for the Champions League group stage. Those will remain two-legged ties.

Istanbul and Gdansk will not host next season's Champions League and Europa League finals respectively.

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