Football

Wembley award pleases Bernstein

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Football Association chairman David Bernstein has hailed UEFA's decision to mark the organisation's 150th anniversary by awarding the 2013 Champions League final to Wembley.

It means the stadium will host an unprecedented two finals in the space of three years after the success of the Barcelona v Manchester United showpiece last month.

Bernstein said: "We are absolutely delighted, It is most unusual for the final to be held in the same venue twice in three years."

He added: "It was totally recognised that the Champions League final three weeks ago was an outstanding success. UEFA were absolutely delighted."

"Wembley really came of age that weekend. From a great stadium that was perceived as a little bit of a problem in some ways, it really broke through and is now, I believe, being looked at as a national asset. It was very positive financially, of course it was.


 

"It wasn't just the Champions League final but converting it for the Championship play-off two days later was a tremendous achievement from a great group of people."

UEFA's Congress in the same year will take place in London in the build-up to final, the European body's president Michel Platini announced.

It will be the seventh time that Wembley has hosted the Champions League or European Cup final, the most of any venue.

UEFA also announced the 2013 Europa League final will be held at the Amsterdam ArenA. There will also be a change to the venue for the UEFA Super Cup, the match between the Champions League and Europa League winners, which for years has been held in Monaco. In 2013 it will be held in Prague.

Meanwhile, UEFA announced Toulouse and Saint Etienne will become host cities for Euro 2016 in France, increasing the number to 11. The number of countries involved will be 24 instead of 16, and the number of matches will increase from 31 to 51.

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Football
UEFA Champions League
Michel
Manchester United

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again