Press release from the City of Helsinki
The Executive Committee of the Union of European Football Associations UEFA decided on the host of the 2022 UEFA Super Cup at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on Monday, 2 March 2020. According to this decision, the 2022 UEFA Super Cup will be contested at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.
The Helsinki Olympic Stadium, comprehensively renovated and modernized, will thus stage the biggest football match ever held in Finland. The UEFA Super Cup is an annual match contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, that is, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. Contested annually since 1974 with two exceptions, the UEFA Super Cup was originally played over two legs, one at each participating club’s stadium. Between 1998 and 2012, the Super Cup was hosted by Monaco, after which the final has been hosted every year by a different city across Europe
“Helsinki and Finland will now join this league of host cities – a magnificent thing and a great honour to Finnish football,” rejoices Ari Lahti, President of the Football Association of Finland.
The Football Association of Finland drafted the application to stage the 2022 UEFA Super Cup with great care. The association emphasized in the application the new character and facilities of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium as well as Helsinki’s recognized expertise in organizing large international events. The Football Association of Finland cooperated closely with the City of Helsinki in the application process.
“The decision to apply for a UEFA Super Cup contested in Finland was made several years ago, and the application process has been under way for years. We wish to thank the City of Helsinki for the excellent cooperation that has made this project possible,” says Marco Casagrande, General Secretary of the Football Association of Finland, expressing his appreciation.
“A great deal of time and effort were invested in planning, the preparation of the application and the finalization of preliminary agreements. On the theoretical level, we have already organized the whole event almost once through. This is a grand award and recognition for the work and the expertise of our organization. Now we start the hands-on work with event organization. It’s magnificent to offer Finnish football fans a match like this, never before seen in our country.”
The decision is outstanding news not only for Finnish football but for the host city Helsinki.
“One of Helsinki’s strategic goals is to be a diversified and internationally appealing city of culture and events. Events strengthen the appeal of the city, and they create places for citizens to meet. A first-class sports event like Super Cup is a great fit for Helsinki and the modernized Olympic Stadium,” says Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori.
The 2022 UEFA Super Cup will be the 47th edition of the UEFA Super Cup. It will be contested in August 2022.
Date of publication: 4 Mar 2020
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