Countdown begins to 2011 Trophy Tour of Europe

The 2011 UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour, presented by UniCredit, starts on 16 September in St Petersburg, Russia – giving fans the chance to get close to the silverware.

UEFA Champions League trophy

The 2011 UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour, presented by UniCredit, starts on 16 September in St Petersburg, Russia. Bringing fans closer to the magic of the European club game's most illustrious tournament, the trophy tour will visit three European countries – Russia, Ukraine and Serbia – in the course of September and October.

Star players and former winners of the UEFA Champions League, such as Cafu and Davor Šuker, will join the tour as Trophy Tour Ambassadors. The ambassadors will be meeting fans and the media throughout the tour, sharing their memories of the competition. Luís Figo, the Official UniCredit Ambassador for the UEFA Champions League, will also participate in various activities at the venues.

Visiting the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour Village, set up at each main venue, is a unique experience. The entrance, a tunnel-style amphitheatre, leads into the village which features unique competition memorabilia on display along with exclusive archive photography and videos highlighting the tournament's legacy. In addition, visitors will be able to see and have their picture taken with one of the most famous icons in the sporting world, the UEFA Champions League trophy. Finally, there will be a mini-football pitch at most venues, next to the Trophy Tour Village, allowing the organisation of various grassroots activities and mini-tournaments.

With the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour in Europe, UEFA brings the lustre of the competition to the home towns of its dedicated supporters and offers them an opportunity to learn more about the tournament's rich history, glittering moments, legendary clubs and players at first hand.

The inaugural UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour in Europe attracted 92,000 visitors in 2009, while in 2010 a total of 138,500 fans came to see the famous trophy.

The dates and venues for the 2011 tour are:

16–18 September: St Petersburg, Russia; press conference on 16 September
23–25 September: Moscow, Russia; press conference on 23 September
30 September–2 October: Kyiv, Ukraine; press conference on 30 September
7–9 October: Donetsk, Ukraine; press conference on 7 October
14–16 October: Belgrade, Serbia; press conference on 14 October

A detailed schedule is available here.