Wembley the Final choice
UEFA has today confirmed that Wembley Stadium will be the host of the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final.
The decision was announced in the press conference that followed UEFA's first Executive Committee meeting of 2009 in Switzerland today.
Wembley Stadium fought off tough competition from Germany in the shape of the Allianz Arena in Munich and Olympiastadion in Berlin.
The Final returns to the UK for the first time since 2003 when AC Milan defeated Juventus at Old Trafford, and to Wembley Stadium for the first time since 1992, when Barcelona beat Sampdoria in the European Cup Final during the season before the competition became the Champions League.
The FA’s Chairman Lord Triesman said: “We are delighted that UEFA have chosen Wembley Stadium to stage the Champions League Final in 2011. This is fantastic news for London and the UK and is acknowledgment of Wembley’s ranking alongside the very best football stadiums in the world. Wembley is a stadium for the big games and has a unique history that is sure to inspire Europe’s finest players.
"As Wembley has been chosen to host the Champions League Final this means the Emirates Stadium can't stage the 2011 UEFA Europa League Final. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Arsenal for all their valuable support during the bid process and recognise the very strong bid that they put together.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said of the announcement: "It is splendid news that London is to host the UEFA Champions League Final in 2011. There is a huge sense of excitement and passion in London for sports and indeed for the 'beautiful game' of football. London is delighted to have been successful in the bid to host the 2011 Final and Wembley is a suitably dramatic and superb backdrop for the event."
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 at Wembley Stadium in 2011.”