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2011 UEFA Champions League Final
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Event 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
Date 28 May 2011
Venue Wembley Stadium, London

The 2011 UEFA Champions League Final will be the final match of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League the 56th season of the UEFA Champions League football tournament, and the 19th in the Champions League era. The match will be played on 28 May 2011 at Wembley Stadium in London,[1] which will be hosting a record sixth European Cup final after the 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978 and 1992 finals.[2]

The winners will play against the winners of the 2011 UEFA Europa League Final in the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, and also enter the semi-finals of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.



Wembley Stadium has hosted five European Cup finals prior to 2011. The 1968 and 1978 finals were both won by English sides: Manchester United beat S.L. Benfica 4–1 in 1968 and Liverpool beat Club Brugge 1–0 in 1978. Benfica also lost in the 1963 final, beaten 2–1 by Milan, while Ajax won the first of three consecutive European Cups at Wembley in 1971, beating Panathinaikos 2–0.[2]

The stadium was first opened for the British Empire Exhibition in 1923, when it was known as the Empire Stadium. That year, the stadium hosted its first FA Cup Final, when almost 200,000 spectators attempted to watch the match between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United. Wembley played host to all of England's matches at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, including the 4–2 victory over West Germany in the final, and at UEFA Euro 1996. The original stadium was closed in 2000 and demolished three years later, to be replaced by a 90,000-capacity arena, which opened in 2007.[2]




Wembley Stadium in London was selected as the venue for the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon, Switzerland, on 29 January 2009.[3] Other stadia in contention to host the final included the Allianz Arena in Munich and Berlin's Olympiastadion.[4] The weekend set aside by UEFA for the 2011 Champions League Final was originally scheduled by The Football League was originally booked as the date for the Football League play-offs, which are traditionally held on the British May bank holiday weekend, but due to UEFA's requirement that they be given exclusive use of the venue in the lead-up to the final, the play-offs will need to be rescheduled or relocated. Due to a breach of their contract, The Football League is demanding compensation from The Football Association.[5]


  1. ^ "UEFA announces 2011 and 2012 final venues". (Union of European Football Associations). 29 January 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c "Wembley returns to centre stage". (Union of European Football Associations). 30 January 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009.  
  3. ^ "UEFA unveil 2011 and 2012 final venues". (Union of European Football Associations). 29 January 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009.  
  4. ^ "Wembley to host 2011 Euro final". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 29 January 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009.  
  5. ^ "Football League seek compensation after Wembley is double-booked". Times Online (Times Newspapers). 24 February 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009.  


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