- Address: Kyiv
- Country: Ukraine
- Capacity: 70,000
- Opened: 12 August 1923
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Dynamo Kyiv (football), Shakhtar Donetsk (football)
Extra stadium info – Olympic National Sports Complex Stadium
The Olympic National Sports Complex Stadium was renovared several times. The venue is used for several events, like athletics, concerts and football. It hosted football matches for the Games of the Olympiad, also known as the Summer Olympic Games, in 1980. The stadium also hosted the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship final, which was won by the national football team of Spain after defeating the Italian Republic 4-0. Ukraine won the first-ever match of the European championship for national football teams at the venue. They defeated Sweden in front of 64,000 fans. England and the French Republic also played at the stadium during the European football championship.
The 2018 UEFA Champions League final
In 2018, the Olympic National Sports Complex Stadium hosted its first-ever UEFA Champions League final. The Spanish side Real Madrid won the final of the European championship for football clubs after defeating Liverpool FC from the United Kingdom in front of 61,000 fans. Real Madrid became the first sports club with 100 million followers on its main social media page.
Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk
The stadium’s record attendance was set in 1977, when 102,000 people showed up for a football match between Dynamo Kyiv and the German side FC Bayern München. Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk use the venue for home games. Dynamo Kyiv was founded in 1927 and Shakhtar Donetsk was founded in 1936. In 2003, Dynamo Kyiv became first football club with 10 Ukrainian top-flight league titles, followed by Shakhtar Donetsk in 2017. Shakhtar Donetsk, the first Ukrainian sports club with 1 million followers on its main social media page, are the arch-rivals of Dynamo Kyiv. The Ukrainian football legend Andriy Shevchenko is one of the former players of Dynamo Kyiv. He won the prestigious UEFA Champions League with the Italian side AC Milan in 2003.
The national football team of Ukraine
The national football team of Ukraine also use the Olympic National Sports Complex Stadium for home games. In 2006, Ukraine played their first-ever FIFA World Cup match. That year, they were one of the 32 FIFA World Cup participants. Ukraine finished second place in the group stage of the tournament. They finished below Spain and above Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The national football team of Ukraine reached the quarter-finals of the world championship for national football teams in 2006. In the quarter-finals, they were beaten by the Italian Republic, commonly known as Italy.