The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played as a straight knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal in August, UEFA has announced this morning. This is amazing news for Portugal and it comes as a well-deserved prize for all that the country has done to control the COVID-19 outbreak. UEFA is signalling that Portugal is the ideal country to resume sports activities.
UEFA choose Portugal over Germany and Russia, taking into account several factors that propelled Lisbon to the lead: the moderate impact of COVID-19 in the country, the quality of the available infrastructures (the stadiums renewed for Euro 2004, the hotels, and the nearby airport), and the recognised Portuguese excellence in the sports events organisation. The country's preparedness in handling the COVID-19 outbreak challenges had already been recognised by institutions such as the World Travel & Tourism Council, which awarded Portugal with the "Safe Travels" stamp of approval.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese Football Federation and the DGS - Directorate-General for Health have already confirmed that both institutions are working in together with UEFA in order to apply that same methodology that allowed the Portuguese football championship to resume safely.
Time to practise sports again!
It's increasingly safe to travel to Portugal to enjoy its warm, sunny weather! There's still time for you and your team to do as UEFA and make the most of this summer and autumn.
Get ready to move with our training camps and sports tours or register your team for one of our great tournaments. Given the positive news coming from the health authorities and all active measures being adopted by all actors, it's fitting to believe that Portugal Rugby Youth Festival, Portugal Legends Handball Cup and Lisbon Football Youth Cup will be safe for all to participate and have fun in!