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What is the 2022 Finalissima? How to watch, tickets & stadium

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Two of the players who should be in action
Two of the players who should be in action / Jonathan Moscrop & Marcelo Endelli - Getty Images
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It has been some time since the reigning European and South American champions faced off for a trophy, but the custom is returning in 2022.

In the summer, Euro 2020 winners Italy will take on 2021 Copa America victors Argentina in a one-off game christened with the re-branded moniker: the 2022 Finalissima.

Here is everything you need to know about the game...


What is the 2022 Finalissima?

The history of the 2022 Finalissima is a hodgepodge of similar but different competitions in the past.

The idea of the Copa America holders playing the European Championship victors was first explored in the 1980s with the European/South American Nations Cup, also known as the Artemio Franchi Cup, first contested in 1985. France ran out 2-0 winners against Uruguay, courtesy of goals from Jose Toure and Dominique Rocheteau.

The only other Artemio Franchi Cup took placed eight years later. This time CONMEBOL came out on top, with Argentina beating Denmark on penalties after the match ended 1-1.

Following this the idea was scrapped, with the winners of the respective continental competitions instead meeting in the Confederations Cup. However, in 2019, FIFA announced that tournament would be binned.

In 2021 CONMEBOL and UEFA signed a renewed 'memorandum of understanding' which promised a closer working relationship. The revamped CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions was then revealed in March 2022.

The game itself is being dubbed the Finalissima. If there is no winner after 90 minutes, then penalties will decide the winner. There is no extra time in the 2022 Finalissima.


When is the 2022 Finalissima being played?

The 2022 Finalissima will be contested on Wednesday 1 June. Kick off is at 19:45 BST.


2022 Finalissima stadium

Wembley Stadium in London has hosted some memorable international fixtures in recent years and fans will be hoping the 2022 Finalissima provides similar drama when it is played there in the summer.


How to watch the 2022 Finalissima on TV/live stream?

Broadcasting information for the UK has not been confirmed yet. However, the game will be shown on Fox Sports in the United States.


2022 Finalissima tickets

Unfortunately, tickets for the game went on sale on Thursday 24 March and sold out in less than a week.

There are still limited hospitality tickets available, though.


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