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Champions League back at Wembley

UEFA has confirmed Wembley will host the 2013 Champions League final.

Wembley in line for 2013

Wembley played host to the final between Manchester United and Barcelona in May this year, but UEFA president Michel Platini has said the stadium will be used once more to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.

UEFA's Congress will also take place in London in 2013, with both decisions passed unanimously by UEFA's executive committee in Switzerland on Thursday.

Platini cited "exceptional circumstances" for the decision to return so quickly and said: "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."

He added: "Founded in 1863, the Football Association is the oldest of all the national football associations and in 2013 it will celebrate its 150th anniversary.

"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.

"For this reason we have decided to return to England and specifically to Wembley Stadium - the home of the English FA - for the 2013 UEFA Champions League final. In addition we will also hold the XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress in London in the days leading up to the UEFA Champions League final."

The decision means Wembley, including its predecessor, will have hosted the European Cup final on seven occasions, more than any other stadium.

FA chairman David Bernstein said: "We are delighted Wembley Stadium has been chosen to host the 2013 Champions League final.

"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 acknowledgement of Wembley's status as one of the very best football stadiums in the world."

Criticism was made over pricing for the 2011 final, with Platini apologising and vowing to introduce a pricing structure that includes a cheaper family option for future finals.


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