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Football finals to look forward to in May 2021

May is traditionally the month of each year when the majority of major European football competitions reach their conclusion, including the biggest domestic and continental club tournaments.

Here, we preview the biggest and best football finals to look forward to in May 2021.

Champions League final - 29 May (men’s), 16 May (women’s)

The English Premier League certainly looks to have regained the crown as the most dominant league in Europe, with this year’s Champions League final an all-English affair between Manchester City and Chelsea on 29 May.

The location of the final is yet to be determined - Istanbul was due to be the host city but it now looks like that the showdown will be played in Portugal due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

Man City are in the Champions League final for the first time in their history and pre-match odds make them the clear favourites, while Chelsea are appearing in their first final since 2012 when they upset the odds to famously beat Bayern Munich in their own stadium.

Chelsea could complete a memorable Champions League double this season as their women’s team have also made it to the final where they will face Barcelona on 16 May in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Europa League final - 26 May

It was almost an all-English final in the Europa League as well, with Arsenal falling 2-1 to Villarreal in the semi-finals as Manchester United defeated Roma 8-5 on aggregate. 

Man Utd and Villarreal will now meet in Gdansk, Poland on 26 May, with the Spanish side in their first Europa League final while Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer’s Red Devils will be going for their second title in four years after defeating Ajax in the 2017 final. 

FA Cup final - 15 May 

Having lost in the FA Cup final four times - including three times in the 1960s - Leicester City will be hoping it’s fifth time lucky when they face Chelsea at Wembley on 15 May.

Chelsea are favourites to lift the famous trophy for a ninth time, and the Blues are in the final for a second straight season after losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the 2020 edition that was delayed until August last year due to coronavirus.

Elsewhere in Europe, the premier German and Italian domestic cups have their finals in May. On the 13th, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund clash in the DFB-Pokal final before Atalanta and Juventus meet in the Coppa Italia final on 19 May. 

EFL playoff finals - 29-31 May

The end-of-May Bank Holiday weekend in England brings with it the three EFL playoff finals in the Championship (29 May), League One (30 May) and League Two (31 May) which determine the final promotion spots in each of the divisions.

The Championship playoff final is often billed as the most lucrative single match in world football given all the riches that come with being promoted to the Premier League. 

Later this summer… 

After all the football finals in May, Summer 2021 is packed with international tournaments including the Euro 2020, Copa America, and Olympic events, all of which were due to take place in 2020 but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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