UEFA Agrees to Host Champions League Final in Abu Dhabi

The value of this contract is around 2.4 billion euros

by Sededin Dedovic
UEFA Agrees to Host Champions League Final in Abu Dhabi
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UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, has signed an agreement with the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to move at least one Champions League final to Abu Dhabi. The agreement will be valid until 2030 and is worth around 2.4 billion euros.

The decision to move the Champions League final to Abu Dhabi was made to avoid losing the case before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The CJEU is currently considering a case brought by proponents of the Super League, a proposed competition involving some of Europe's top clubs.

Proponents of the Superliga claim that UEFA has abused its dominant position in the market by preventing the formation of a new competition. They are asking the CJEU to rule that UEFA's actions are illegal. UEFA denied abusing its dominant position and said it was confident it would win the case before the CJEU.

However, the organization is also exploring alternative options should it lose the case.

The UAE is one of the richest countries in the world

The deal with the UAE is seen as a way for UEFA to secure a lucrative new revenue stream.

Abu Dhabi is a wealthy emirate with a strong interest in hosting major sporting events. The Champions League final is one of the most watched sporting events in the world, and Abu Dhabi hopes to attract tourists from around the world.

In this way, UEFA can calm down some of the clubs that were thinking about joining the Super League. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the three most influential clubs in Europe, have been linked with a move to the Super League.

By moving the Champions League final to Abu Dhabi, UEFA hopes to convince these clubs to stay in UEFA competitions. The agreement with the UAE is controversial. Some fans criticized this decision, claiming that it was a move purely for financial gain.

Others have defended the decision, arguing that it will help the game of soccer in the Middle East develop. With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia, a new era of soccer in the Middle East was launched. It is clear that the decision has the potential to significantly affect the future of European soccer.

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