WEMBLEY OPENS NEW ‘EXHIBITION OF CHAMPIONS’

Stuck for something to do this bank holiday? Well you’re in luck! Wembley stadium are marking the return of Champions League football with an incredible treasure-trove of memorabilia from Europe’s premier club competition.

Wembley Opens the new 'Exhibition of Champions' this weekend to mark the new Champions League Season

Items belonging to Europe's most iconic names in football from David Beckham to Di Stefano will go on display at Wembley Stadium from Monday 29 August as part of a new ˜Exhibition of Champions'.

Supported by UEFA, the exhibition celebrates 56 years of glorious European Football history and will form part of the Wembley Stadium Tour. It will feature prize exhibits including inspirational Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard's 2005 captain's armband, David Beckham's jersey from Manchester United's nail biting victory in 1999 and Graeme Souness„three winners„medals from '78, '81 and '84.

The UEFA Champions League Final is the most prestigious event in European club football and since 1963 Wembley Stadium has hosted a total of six finals including the most recent final in May. A record breaking audience of over 300 million people tuned in worldwide to see Barcelona take on Manchester United at Wembley and TV ratings in the UK reached a high of 11.1 million. History was made in the US when the final drew in an audience of 4.2 million, a 91% increase on figures from 2010.

Wembley Opens the new 'Exhibition of Champions' this weekend


Chairman of Wembley Stadium, Melvin Benn, said: śWembley is a stage for the big football finals and they don't come much bigger than the Champions League final.

śNever before has a stadium been awarded this prestigious final twice in three years and so when Wembley was chosen to host the final again in 2013 we were thrilled. It is acknowledgment of Wembley's status as one of the very best football stadiums in the world. With such an impressive Champions League history, it feels very appropriate to bring the Exhibition of Champions to Wembley for football fans to enjoy.ť

The ˜Exhibition of Champions„supported by UEFA through content and memorabilia will kick off on August Bank Holiday Monday just before the group stages of the UEFA Champions League get underway and will feature over 700 artefacts including:

– '  The match balls from the last seven finals
-'  Denis Law's jersey from 1968
-'  The original Intercontinental Cup ” valued at approximately £225,000
-'  Johan Cruyff's jersey from 1972
-'  David Villa's signed shirt from 2011
-'  Celtic signed frame from their 1967 victory
-'  Di Stefano's 1959 jersey
-'  Van Basten's jersey from 1990
-'  McGovern's shirt from 1979
-'  Eusebio˜s shirt from 1963
-'  Zidane's football boots from 2002

The Wembley Stadium Tour has welcomed millions of sports fans since it first opened in 1978 and now from Monday visitors will be able to enjoy the' '  ˜Exhibition of Champions„as well as the England changing rooms, players tunnel, trophy winner's steps, press conference rooms and Wembley's famous Royal Box.


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