Manchester welcomes Champion Clubs' Cup

UEFA CEO Gerhard Aigner will hand over the UEFA Champions League trophy in Manchester.

Tradition observed
It is now tradition for the holders to return the trophy in the city selected for the next final, which takes place this year at Old Trafford on Wednesday 28 May. This year's Champions League handover ceremony will take place at the Town Hall in Manchester and will be followed immediately by a press conference.

Former greats invited
After receiving the European Champion Clubs' Cup from a Madrid representative, Mr Aigner will present the cup to Roy Walters, the lord mayor of Manchester. The ceremony will start at 12.30pm local time and invited guests will include former Madrid and Manchester United FC players who have won the European Cup.

Madrid legends
Alfredo Di Stéfano, Francisco Gento, Amancio Amaro will all be there from previous Madrid sides to have faced United in the European Cup, along with a more recent favourite, Emilio Butragueño, now the club's sporting director.

Busby Babes
The United luminaries will include members of their 1968 European Cup-winning team and members of the 'Busby Babes' team of the 1950s. Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of United's winning team in the 1999 final, will also be there, along with members of past European trophy-winning teams from Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC.

Starball Match
Prior to the event, guests will see the conclusion of the 24-hour Starball Match which is being played between midday on Wednesday and Thursday in Albert Square, immediately outside the Town Hall. The match will involve over 1,500 players of various ages and backgrounds.

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