Wembley to host 2011 Champions League final

The international football federeation UEFA decided to grant the iconic English stadium Wembley the right to host the 2011 Champions League final. The event is supposed to generate 10 million euros. This year's final will take place in Rome.


AFP - Wembley stadium was on Thursday chosen by UEFA to host the 2011 Champions League final with the same season's Europa League final, the former UEFA Cup, going to Dublin's new Lansdowne Road ground.

London and Dublin were named as venues for the two European showcase matches by UEFA's Executive Committee meeting in Nyon.

European football's governing body also named Munich's Allianz Arena as the venue for the 2012 Champions League final with Bucharest's National stadium hosting the 2012 Europa Cup final.

For the Republic of Ireland this will be the first time the country has staged a major European final with the venue, the new Lansdowne Road, still under construction.

This year's Champions League final is in Rome and the UEFA Cup final in Istanbul.

The decisions mean there will be two European finals held in Germany in the coming years as Hamburg will host the 2010 Europa Cup final.

The 2012 Champions League final will be held on a Saturday and is expected to generate up to 10 million euros for hotels, bars and restaurants in Munich.

"On behalf of the DFB, I would like to thank UEFA for this decision and it is a big reward for the authorities in the city which met the strict criteria," said German Football Federation president Dr Theo Zwanziger.

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