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AP Interview: UEFA open to Champs League final beyond Europe

  • UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin  gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct.  20, 2016. The Champions League final could be contested outside Europe from the first time, new UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin revealed Thursday. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Ceferin said he is preparing the first open bidding process for the right to host European soccer’s showpiece fixture and is open to it being staged in New York. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

    UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Champions League final could be contested outside Europe from the first time, new UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin revealed Thursday. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Ceferin said he is preparing the first open bidding process for the right to host European soccer’s showpiece fixture and is open to it being staged in New York. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin  gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Champions League final could be contested outside Europe from the first time, new UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin revealed Thursday. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Ceferin said he is preparing the first open bidding process for the right to host European soccer’s showpiece fixture and is open to it being staged in New York. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

    UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Champions League final could be contested outside Europe from the first time, new UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin revealed Thursday. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Ceferin said he is preparing the first open bidding process for the right to host European soccer’s showpiece fixture and is open to it being staged in New York. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin  gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Champions League final could be contested outside Europe from the first time, new UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin revealed Thursday. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Ceferin said he is preparing the first open bidding process for the right to host European soccer’s showpiece fixture and is open to it being staged in New York. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

    UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Champions League final could be contested outside Europe from the first time, new UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin revealed Thursday. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Ceferin said he is preparing the first open bidding process for the right to host European soccer’s showpiece fixture and is open to it being staged in New York. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Champions League final could be contested outside Europe for the first time.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says he will revive an open bidding process for the right to host the climax to the European club season and is open to the game being staged in New York.

Ceferin highlighted how travel times across Europe can be as long as flights to the United States.

Ceferin says "to go from Portugal to Azerbaijan for example is almost the same or the same as if you go to New York. For the fans it's no problem but we should see. It's a European competition so let's think about it."

Ceferin, a Slovenian, succeeded Michael Platini last month as head of European soccer.