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Samuel Baudrier

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Wembley to host UEFA Champions League Final 2013
« on: June 16, 2011, 05:24:56 PM »
The decision was announced at a UEFA press conference following their Executive Committee meeting and follows the success of last month’s Champions League Final at Wembley.

It was also announced that UEFA Congress will be held in London in the days leading up to the UEFA Champions League Final.

FA Chairman David Bernstein said: “We are delighted Wembley Stadium has been chosen to host the 2013 Champions League Final.

“UEFA viewed the 2011 Champions League Final at Wembley as a major success and today they have paid us the ultimate compliment by announcing that they will return to our national stadium in 2013, the year of The FA’s 150th anniversary.

“It will be a major celebration of football in this country during a landmark year for our organisation and is an acknowledgment of Wembley’s status as one of the very best football stadiums in the world.”

Wembley Stadium Chairman Melvin Benn added: “It is an honour that Wembley has been chosen by UEFA to host the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. It was always our aim to deliver the best ever Champions League Final in May to maximise our chances of getting it back. The fact that this announcement has come so soon after the success of the 2011 final shows just how impressed UEFA was with our stadium and with our team.

“Wembley is a world class stadium and was built to stage the very biggest and best events. I would like to thank MD Roger Maslin and the whole team at Wembley for delivering such a fantastic final in May. We will now look forward to working with UEFA and putting on a spectacular final in 2013.”

This will be Wembley Stadium’s seventh European Cup Final after hosting the Final in 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1992 and most recently in May of 2011.

It is also the first time the same stadium will stage the showpiece final twice in three seasons. Previously the record for the shortest gap at the same venue was four years – a record shared by the Prater Stadium in Vienna which hosted the final in 1987 and 1990 and Wembley for hosting the final in 1968 and 1971.

http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/Wembley/NewsandFeatures/2011/2013-CL-160611

I guess the FA WSL teams have a big incentive to finish in the top two this season.

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Re: Wembley to host UEFA Champions League Final 2013
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2011, 07:26:50 PM »
Ok, what on earth? Same country twice in three years?

If that happened to anywhere but Wembley the English media would have had a field day with that decision.
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Samuel Baudrier

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Re: Wembley to host UEFA Champions League Final 2013
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2011, 08:55:29 PM »
It is the 150th anniversary of the FA. Yes it is indeed really strange although UEFA guarantees a good cash return with tickets at 150 + 26 £ booking fee ...

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Re: Wembley to host UEFA Champions League Final 2013
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2011, 01:03:33 PM »
Where will the womens final be held then Fulham again, or a change of venue?  ???

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Re: Wembley to host UEFA Champions League Final 2013
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2011, 01:17:03 PM »
We will know by 2013 surely. Fulham was disclosed as the place for the final  only in February 4 months before the event itself.