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David Bernstein has hailed the “fantastic honour” of the UEFA Champions League Final returning to Wembley at the official trophy handover in London.
After a photo-call featuring the iconic European Cup trophy in Parliament Square, The FA Chairman joined UEFA President Michel Platini, Sports Minister Hugh Robertson and London’s Commissioner for Sport Kate Hoey at a special event held in the historic surroundings of Banqueting House, Whitehall.
As well as Wembley’s showpiece event on 25 May, the 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League will be played at Stamford Bridge two days earlier.
The UEFA presentation included a spectacular journey through Champions League history, recalling Wembley’s six previous Finals as well as some of the game’s greatest names. At the centre of all was recognition of this year marking The FA’s 150th anniversary.
Addressing the gathered guests, which included last year’s men’s and women’s winners, Chelsea and Lyon respectively, the Chairman said: “It is of course a fantastic honour that Wembley and London has been chosen to host the men’s 2013 Champion’s League Final in this, The FA’s 150th anniversary year, and I would like to place on record my thanks to President Michel Platini and all the UEFA Executive Committee Members.
“Memories of the tremendous success of the 2011 Final are very recent, and I think expectations are already building that we can not only match, but surpass, that great night.
"The Times newspaper described that match as the night when the new Wembley achieved ‘iconic status’, and no-one who was lucky enough to be there would disagree.”
The Chairman also took the opportunity to acknowledge this weekend’s London Marathon.
He said: “Great sporting occasions reach across international and cultural divides, and can be powerful symbols of solidarity. This weekend London will celebrate its own Marathon - another great occasion in the City’s calendar of sport.
“I am a keen runner myself, I know the commitment and determination that will be displayed by everyone involved on Sunday – and I also know that as a great sporting occasion in this great city it will send a message of solidarity and hope after those terrible events in Boston earlier this week.”
Meanwhile, Platini said: "The 2013 London Finals and the UEFA Congress mark The Football Association's 150th anniversary.
"I would like to thank The FA for all their help in delivering what I believe will be yet another fantastic celebration of European football, in London, a city with such a strong football heritage.
"All players want to win this iconic silverware and I am delighted to hand it over to the city of London for safekeeping."
Robertson added: “We look forward to welcoming UEFA, the respective Ffinalists and their fans to London next month.
"We are privileged to be hosting the UEFA Champions League Final for the second time in three years and it is fitting that it will take place at Wembley, in the 150th anniversary year of The Football Association.”
Hoey said: “The Champions League is undoubtedly the world’s finest club football competition and in London we have been counting down the days to the Finals at Wembley and Stamford Bridge.
"In particular, I am delighted to see the women’s Final returning to our city, shining a light on some of the world’s most talented female athletes.
“Women’s football is on the up both in this country and around the world. It was showcased spectacularly during the Olympics and the UEFA Women's Champions League Final will continue to provide sporting inspiration to thousands of young women.”