Changes to Champions League and Europa League kick-off times

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Updated: September 27, 2016

Following a recent decision by the Turkish government that the country will no longer observe daylight saving time, the kick-off times of several UEFA club competition matches have been impacted.

Due to a recent decision by the Turkish government that the country will no longer observe daylight saving time means that, as of 30 October, the time difference in Turkey will be at CET +2 hours (as opposed to the current difference of CET +1 hour).

The kick-off times of certain matches in the second half of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stages have been therefore been impacted, due to a need to change the local time kick-off of matches in Turkey, or in some cases to accommodate the competition regulations requiring matches within a group to be played simultaneously on the last matchday of the group stage (Art. 23.02 UEFA Champions League regulations, Art. 22.02 UEFA Europa League regulations).

Below is the list of impacted matches along with the new kick-off times which have been set by UEFA in accordance with the competition regulations.

UEFA Champions League matches:
1 November – Beşiktaş (TUR) v Napoli (ITA) will now be played at 18:45 CET (20:45 local time)
23 November – Beşiktaş (TUR) v Benfica (POR) will now be played at 18:45 CET (20:45 local time)

UEFA Europa League matches:
3 November – Fenerbahçe (TUR) v Manchester United (ENG) will still be played at 19:00 CET but this is now 21:00 local time
24 November – Fenerbahçe (TUR) v Zorya Luhansk (UKR) will now be played at 17:00 CET (19:00 local time)
8 December – Konyaspor (TUR) v Gent (BEL) will now be played at 17:00 CET (19:00 local time)
8 December  – Braga (POR) v Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) will therefore be played at 17:00 CET (16:00 local time)
8 December  – Osmanlıspor (TUR) v Zürich (SUI) will now be played at 17:00 CET (19:00 local time)
8 December – Villarreal (ESP) v Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) will therefore be played at 17:00 CET


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