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Wembley to host 2011 Euro final

The old Wembley hosted the last European Cup final in 1992

Wembley has been chosen to host the 2011 Champions League final.

European governing body Uefa selected the stadium ahead of Munich's Allianz Arena and Berlin's Olympiastadion.

The news had been expected after Uefa delayed its decision to allow the UK Government to bring in a tax exemption for players appearing in the final.

Dublin's Lansdowne Road has been picked to host the 2011 final of the Europa League, previously the Uefa Cup, as Arsenal's Emirates Stadium missed out.

The Gunners' home ground was ruled out of the running because the same country cannot host both major European finals in the same year.

The Champions League final was last hosted by the UK in 2003 at Old Trafford.

1992 Barcelona 1-0 Sampdoria
1978 Liverpool 1-0 Club Brugge
1971 Ajax 2-0 Panathinaikos
1968 Man Utd 4-1 Benfica
1963 AC Milan 2-1 Benfica

Wembley has not staged it since 1992 when Barcelona beat Sampdoria in the year before the competition became known as the Champions League.

Since then, the stadium has been rebuilt at a cost of over 750m.

It missed out on hosting the 2010 Champions League final after failing to provide assurances that players featuring in the final would not be taxed, but the UK Treasury agreed to relax its rules last year.

Staging the final is thought to be worth up to 30m to the economy.

"This is fantastic news for London and the UK," said Football Association chairman Lord Triesman.

"It is acknowledgment of Wembley's ranking alongside the very best football stadiums in the world.

"As Wembley has been chosen to host the Champions League Final this means the Emirates Stadium can't stage the 2011 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."

London Mayor Boris Johnson and Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe both hailed Wembley's success.

"It is splendid news. There is a huge sense of excitement and passion in London for sports and indeed for the 'beautiful game' of football," said Johnson.

"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."

Sutcliffe added: "Wembley hosting the Champions League Final in 2011 will be another highlight in a decade of fantastic sporting events to be held in Britain.

"With English clubs' recent form in the competition we could well see one or even two teams from the Premier League featuring but I am sure that club sides from abroad will be made more than welcome if they make the final in 2011."

The Allianz Arena - home of Bayern Munich - will stage the 2012 Champions League final and Bucharest's National Stadium the Europa League final in that year.

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see also
Tax break aids Wembley 2011 bid
13 May 08 |  Football
Wembley may host European final
23 Oct 07 |  Europe
The new Wembley Stadium
15 May 07 |  Football

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