Road of European glory will lead to Wembley
It has been announced today that Wembley will host the UEFA Champions League Final in 2011, after being selected ahead of Germany’s Allianz Arena in Munich and Olympiastadion in Berlin.
It’s the second time in seven years that the climax of Europe’s premier cup competition has been held in England with Old Trafford hosted the event in 2003.
English football teams have enjoyed a large amount of success in the competition over the last few years, with at least one English side featuring in the final in the past four seasons, and most of all with last year’s all-English encounter in the final between Manchester United and Chelsea.
The BBC say that hosting the final will benefit the economy by £30 million, and the FA are delighted with the news.
“This is fantastic news for London and the UK,” said FA chairman Lord Triesman. “It is acknowledgment of Wembley’s ranking alongside the very best football stadiums in the world.”
Roger Maslin, Acting MD of Wembley Stadium said: “It is an honour that Wembley Stadium has been chosen to host the 2011 Champions League Final. The old stadium staged some of the most important games in football history, including five European Cup Finals.
“Wembley is a world class stadium and will be the perfect stage for the Champions League Final. We look forward to working with UEFA to deliver a superb final in 2011.”
It’s good news that 90,000-seater stadium has been recognised as fit for such an event – with the stadium costing around £800 million to build, most would expect it to be!
This year’s Champions League Final takes place in Rome, Italy.