Russia to bid for hosting Champions League final after 2020

Moscow: Russia intends to host the Champions League final after 2020, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who heads the country's football union, has said. The ast time Russia hosted the Champions League final was in 2008 when Manchester United won the trophy at the Luzhniki sports arena in Moscow, reports Tass. "There is little probability before 2020 because we’re hosting football tournaments of the highest international and European levels," the sports minister said on Sunday. "I don’t think we have a chance. But in the future, of course, yes. All the more so as the level of organizing the final of the Champions League in Moscow was a benchmark level," Mutko said. Russia will host the Confederations Cup in 2017, the World Cup in 2018 and some matches of the final stage of the Euro Cup in St. Petersburg in 2020.