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The Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road in Dublin will host the 2024 Europa League final. (PA)

The Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road in Dublin will host the 2024 Europa League final. (PA)

The Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road in Dublin will host the 2024 Europa League final. (PA)

Dublin's Aviva Stadium will host the 2024 Europa League final, as UEFA looks to give some consolation for Euro 2020 games being taken away from Ireland.

The game will mark the second occasion the Aviva Stadium has hosted the UEFA Europa League final after Porto beat fellow Portuguese side Braga 1-0 in the 2011 decider.

FAI Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Hill and President Gerry McAnaney confirmed the news after meeting with senior UEFA officials in London ahead of the final of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship at Wembley Stadium.

Announcing the decision, CEO Jonathan Hill said: “This is really positive news, not just for Dublin but for Ireland as we prepare to host such a major football event and showcase the Aviva Stadium and Irish hospitality to the world in 2024.

“We were all disappointed when the COVID-19 pandemic saw the four UEFA EURO 2020 games moved away from Dublin so this really is something to look forward to just three years from now. The 2024 UEFA Europa League final will be a landmark event with huge economic benefits for Dublin and for Ireland along with the boost it will give our game in the build-up to the final.

“On behalf of the Association, I want to thank UEFA for awarding this final to the Aviva Stadium and I particularly want to thank the Irish government, Dublin City Council, Sport Ireland and the Aviva Stadium for their ongoing support. Together we are committed to bringing global events to our capital city and we know Dublin will put on a great show in 2024.”

FAI President Gerry McAnaney added: “UEFA assured us that the Aviva Stadium would be in the running for a major European final when it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic would force the abandonment of plans to host the four UEFA EURO 2020 games scheduled for Dublin this summer.

“They have been true to their word and we can all look forward now to a truly magnificent event at the Aviva Stadium in 2024 and one Irish football will be proud of. We look forward to welcoming the best of European football to Ireland in just three years’ time.”

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium will host the Champions League final in 202.

The Turkish venue had been due to stage European club football’s showpiece match in 2020 and 2021 but UEFA was forced to make changes in both years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lisbon took over as host for a final-eight ‘mini-tournament’ last year and this May’s all-English encounter between Chelsea and Manchester City was switched to Porto at short notice.

As a result of the latest change, Munich’s Allianz Arena will now host the final in 2025 rather than 2023. The 2024 final will remain at Wembley while next year’s encounter is due to be played in St Petersburg.

“Following the relocation of the 2021 UEFA Champions League final from Istanbul to Porto, it was decided to award the staging of the 2023 UEFA Champions League final to the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul,” read a statement from UEFA.

The European governing body has also announced that the Europa League final will be held in Dublin in 2024 and Bilbao in 2025. Bilbao has also been awarded the 2024 Women’s Champions League final. Both cities were due to host Euro 2020 matches prior to the pandemic.

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The statement added: “Following the withdrawal of hosting rights for UEFA Euro 2020 from two of the original hosts cities, the UEFA executive committee today approved a settlement agreement which includes the staging of future club competition finals, recognising the efforts and financial investment put (in) by the two cities in preparing for the tournament.”

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