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Wembley Stadium to Host UEFA Champions League Final Again in 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 29:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona holds the UEFA Champions League Trophy during the celebrations after winning the UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester United, at Camp Nou Stadium on May 29, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Marc RosebladeContributor IIIJune 16, 2011

UEFA have decided that the 2013 Champions League final will be played at Wembleyonly two years after the stadium hosted this year's final.

The 2011 final, which was won by Barcelona with a convincing victory over home-country side Manchester United, showed not only the stadium and English FA in a good light, but also UEFA.

Whether it's because the showcase was spectacular this year, or because they want to celebrate the English Football Association's 150th anniversary, it appears that UEFA president Michel Platini wants the showpiece final to return to the London venue sooner rather than later.

This will be the first time in history that the same stadium has twice hosted the European Cup final in a three-year period (although the old Wembley Stadium hosted the old-style European Cup final twice in a four-year time period between 1968 and 1971).

The 2013 Wembley final will be the seventh time that the venue has been host—more than any other venue.

Platini told the UEFA.com website: "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.''

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report and Not Just Scottish Football. He is also a youth development reporter for Ayr United Football Academy. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.

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