When is Champions League final 2021? Date, time, venue, TV coverage, and if fans can buy tickets

The Champions League final will close out the 2020-21 season before the focus switches to this summer’s European Championship.

At the semi-final stage, Manchester City beat Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 on aggregate to reach the final, where they will meet Chelsea, who overcame Real Madrid 3-1.

Chelsea beat Porto in the quarter-finals to reach the last four, while Real Madrid knocked Liverpool out of the competition.

City are favourites with the bookmakers to win their first Champions League title.

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When and where is the Champions League final?

The 2021 Champions League final takes place on Saturday 29 May at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium. The kick-off time is set to be 7pm BST, with Turkey two hours ahead.

It is the same venue as Liverpool’s 2005 triumph, dubbed the “Miracle of Istanbul” after they recovered from a 3-0 half-time deficit to beat AC Milan on penalties.

Given it is an all-English final, and amid the Covid pandemic, there has been talk the final could be moved to England. Villa Park has been but forward as a potential venue, Sky Sports reported, but it is believed UEFA are committed to hosting the final in Istanbul as planned.

Champions League semi-final results and fixtures

Is Champions League final free to watch in UK?

BT Sport have shown the final for free in the UK since they won the rights to broadcast the Champions League from the 2015-16 season.

This year’s Champions League final is likely to be shown on BT Sport 2, while it is set to be available to live stream for free on the BT Sport app, on, as well as on BT Sport’s YouTube channel.

Champions League odds

City are yet to win a Champions League, but will head into the final as favourites.

Chelsea won their first and to date only European Cup nine years ago when beating Bayern Munich in the 2012 final.

Odds best available at time of writing on 5 May:

  • Man City – 4-9
  • Chelsea –7-4

Will fans attend the final?

The Turkish Super Lig is being played behind closed doors this season, meaning no supporters have attended matches at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, where Fatih Karagümrük play their home matches.

Uefa’s website states information about the ticket sales for this match – availability of tickets, application deadline, ticket prices – should be communicated in early May.

Covid-19 travel restrictions will also undoubtedly play a part. International travel is banned until at least 17 May under England’s lockdown roadmap, and a decision is not expected until early May as to when exactly this will be lifted.

After winning their semi-final, City confirmed they will “enter discussions with UEFA and other stakeholders regarding ticketing and travel arrangements”.

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