UEFA have today revealed the Wembley will once again play host to the Champions League Final, this time in 2013.
As a ‘reward’ for such a successful game in 2011, UEFA were keen to see the event return to the historic London venue as soon as possible.
The award of such a prestigious event will mark a double celebration for the English FA, who will be celebrating their 150th anniversary that year.
FA chairman David Bernstein said: “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.”
As for UEFA’s backing of the unprecedented decision – which will be the first time the same city has hosted the final twice in 3 years – it was a matter of ‘duty’ for Michel Platini;
“Given the exceptional nature of this historic moment in our beautiful game, and the fact that we will also celebrate 150 years of the Laws of the Game, we felt it was our duty at UEFA to help the FA celebrate in some special way,” UEFA President Platini explained.
The news will also be well received by adidas, who enjoyed a hugely successful promotional campaign around their involvement as technical sponsors – including giving away dozens of Finale Wembley matchballs to local schools.