Uefa appoints Mediapro to produce Champions League Final 8s matches
Uefa, European soccer’s governing body, has hired Mediapro, the Spanish media rights and production agency, as the host broadcaster for the production and distribution of the Final 8s, the innovative conclusion to this season’s Champions League.
Beginning with the first quarter-final tonight, Mediapro announced today that it will produce and distribute all seven matches from the remainder of the elite clubs competition, with a condensed knockout stage to be played with single legs from the quarter-finals onwards, with all games in Lisbon.
The Champions League has been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic and Uefa in June announced its decision to shorten the remainder of this year’s edition and remove the traditional two-legged ties for a swift conclusion.
This will be the fourth time that Mediapro will produce and distribute the signal for the Champions League final.
The agency was in charge of producing the international signal in the 2010 final held in Madrid, the 2014 edition in Lisbon and last year from Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Mediapro will use 25 cameras to cover the quarter-final matches, and 28 in the two semi-final games.
In all seven matches of the final phase, the Spanish company said it will use “state-of-the-art technological equipment to guarantee the highest image quality distributed internationally” with all games to be screened in high-definition and ultra high-definition.
The opening game of the quarter-finals will take place tonight as French giant Paris Saint-Germain take on Italy’s Atalanta.
The other last-eight ties are: Atletico-RB Leipzig, Barcelona-Bayern Munich and Manchester City-Lyon.
The final will take place on 23 August and all games will take place at either Benfica’s Estadio da Luz stadium or Sporting Lisbon’s Jose Alvalade.