Wembley to host Champions League final again

The Champions League final will return to Wembley Stadium in 2013 after a unanimous vote by the UEFA congress.Barcelona took out this year’s edition of the competition with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Wembley on May 28.

According to UEFA President Michel Platini, the showpiece final will take place in London for second time in three years to tie in with the English Football Association’s 150th anniversary.

It will mean a record seventh final for the venue, the most of any stadium in the 55-year history of the European Cup/Champions League.

UEFA will also stage their 2013 congress – a meeting of all 53 member associations, voting on issues within the confederation – in London.

“There are always many candidates for the Champions League final and the congress but this is to mark the special year of the English FA,” Platini said.

The commercial success of this year’s Wembley final, where all hospitality, media and corporate requirements were easily met, is believed to have played a role in UEFA’s decision to return to the stadium so quickly.

The congress also voted for the 2013 Europa League final to be played at the Amsterdam ArenA in the Netherlands, while the UEFA Super Cup later that year will take place at the Eden Stadium in the Czech Republic.