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UEFA announce plan for Champions League and Europa League return

The mini-tournament is planned for August

Ajax v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images

UEFA have announced their plan for completing the Champions League and Europa League tournaments in an 8-team mini-tournament format. The Europa League mini-tournament will be held in multiple venues across Germany, locations which have been deemed safe after successful lockdowns.

UEFA confirmed that “Quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will be played as a final eight straight knock-out tournament in Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen between 10 and 21 August.”

Though the 2nd legs that still need to be played in both tournaments will be completed, the mini-tournaments will be completed with traditional single game knockout fixtures from the quarterfinals on. It is not clear yet whether or not the 2nd legs will be played at the initially designated home team stadium or at neutral sites.

“A decision will be made in due course on whether the Round of 16 matches for which the first leg has already been played will be staged at the home team’s venue or in Germany.” -UEFA