09/22/2021 at 7:57 PM CEST
UEFA today unveiled the logo for the Champions League final to be played on May 28, 2022 at the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, also known as Krestovski. Inspired by the Russian avant-garde Vasili Kandinski and Kazimir Malevich, the logo alludes to the traditional white nights of the former tsarist capital., which will coincide with the match.
Designed following the rules of Suprematism, that is, playing with geometric shapes, the logo includes statues such as Peter the Great, founder of the city in 1703; the Cathedral of San Isaak; the bridges that cross the Neva River or the Lakhta Center, the tallest skyscraper in Europe (462 meters). In turn, UEFA club tournament finals director Tiziano Gaier oversaw the facilities that regularly host local Zenit matches, both in the Russian league and in Europe.
He was accompanied by the head of the organizing committee, Alexéi Sorokin, who already held that position in the World Cup that Russia organized in 2018 and in the matches of the last European Championship played in the former tsarist capital.. “The design (of the logo) reflects the cultural heritage of the country where the final takes place. It was important that it was devised by our compatriot, Maxim Zhestkov, and not by a foreign agency,” Sorokin said.
The stadium hosted one of the semifinals of the World Cup in Russia, which faced France and Belgium (1-0), and six matches of the last Eurocopa, including one of the quarterfinals, Spain’s victory over Switzerland in the penalty shoot-out. Built for the World Cup on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, it has a capacity for more than 68,000 spectators, shaped like a flying saucer and retractable roof, and is considered the most expensive on the continent.