Italy drawn as host of UEFA Nations League finals

The Juventus Stadium, home to the Serie A giants

UEFA has chosen Italy as the host of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League finals which will take place next autumn.

The semi-finals have been scheduled for 6 and 7 October 2021, whilst the final and third-place playoff match are pencilled in for 10 October. The Juventus Stadium in Turin and San Siro, the home of AC Milan, will stage games it has been announced.

The country’s national team has qualified for the last four, alongside Belgium, France and Spain. Last year, Portugal hosted the first edition of the tournament, edging Netherlands 1-0 in the final.

This year, Italy finished top of Group A1, beating Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the group stages during the November international break, progressing to the quarter finals of the competition.

The Azzurri will come face to face with Spain for the first time since the 2016 European Championships, when Italy emerged victorious in a 2-0 win.

Elsewhere, the European Under-21 Championship finals will be co-hosted by Romania and Georgia in 2023, UEFA has confirmed. Cluj-Napoca and Romanian capital Bucharest will stage matches, along with Tbilisi, Batumi and Poti in Georgia, where the final of the 16-team tournament will be hosted.

UEFA has also drawn Tirana in Albania as the host city for the inaugural 2022 Europa Conference League. Albania’s national stadium, the new National Arena, has been selected as the host venue.