Never before has a stadium been awarded Europe's premier club fixture twice in three years but hosting the 2013 UEFA Champions League final on 25 May is Wembley's reward for the spectacular success of the 2011 event. It also marks the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association's (FA) foundation.
The decision was taken by the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon on 16 June 2011 and means the fixture returns to Wembley for a record seventh time, the second since the stadium was rebuilt. "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," UEFA President Michel Platini explained.
London will also stage the 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League final on 23 May and that week's Champions Festival, which in 2011 were at Fulham FC's Craven Cottage and Hyde Park respectively.
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