It is official! After many rumors, UEFA has confirmed that Munich will be the host to the 2022 Champions League final. UEFA also confirmed that final in 2021 will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the 2023 final will be played at Wembley.
Dieter Reiter, the mayor of Munich, was very pleased with the decision (FCBayern.com):
Munich is a sporting city where lots of citizens are passionate about football. I’m therefore very pleased that we’ll be hosting the Champions League final for the fourth time in 2022 and will be able to welcome fans from all over Europe for a great celebration of football.
Bayern Munich’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was also thrilled by the announcement. The chairman said,
We’re delighted that after 2012, we can again host the final of the UEFA Champions League at our Allianz Arena. On behalf of FC Bayern, I would like to thank UEFA and its president Aleksander Čeferin for their trust. A special thanks also goes to the city of Munich and in particular mayor Dieter Reiter for the fantastic support with the bid for this major event. I’m confident that the city of Munich and FC Bayern will together organise a festival of football, where we will present ourselves to the world as professional and modern but at the same time friendly and close to our roots.
So ten years after “Finale dahoam,” the Champions League final will be played again at the Allianz Arena and at Wembley a year later. Very symbolic. What are your thoughts? Will Bayern be more fortunate in the year 2022 or will we have another “Mr. Wembley”?