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21st Mar 2022

UEFA considering relocating Conference League final to Greece

Callum Boyle

The final is due to be played in Albania

UEFA are considering moving the inaugural Europa Conference League final from Albania to Greece, which is set to take place in May.

According to reports at Inside Futbolfootball’s European governing body are looking at moving the final to the Pankritio Stadium in the Greek island of Crete.

The final is currently scheduled to take place at Albania’s Arena Kombetare in Tirana on Wednesday May 25 after they beat off competition from the likes of North Macedonia, France and the stadium in Greece initially to host the final.

UEFA is however monitoring the ongoing situation in Albania where the country’s football association chief Armand Duka is currently suspended following concerns over alleged political interferences.

While the stadium in Crete is a favoured option to host the final if UEFA do strip it from Albania, the governing body will also consider the idea of moving the final to Athens, the capital city of Greece.

This is the first year of the brand new European competition, which was designed to give clubs from smaller countries the chance to experience continental football on a more regular basis, as well provide smaller nations the opportunity to host a major final.

There are eight teams left in this year’s tournament, including Leicester City who are ranked as one of the favourites to lift the trophy in May.

Along with Leicester, the other seven teams that remain are PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord of the Netherlands, Marseille of France, Bodø/Glimt of Norway, Roma of Italy, PAOK of Greece and Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic.

The quarter-finals are scheduled to take place on Thursday April 7 and Thursday April 14.

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