The First UEFA Champions League Final played at the new Wembley

Why Wembley?

London's Wembley Stadium was chosen to host its first ever UEFA Champions League Final after being selected by a 2009 meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon, Switzerland.

The Lineker Link

Former Tottenham Hotspur player and England international Gary Lineker was the UEFA ambassador for the 2011 Champions League Final at Wembley. The crisp eating soccer superstar also helped to conduct the draw for the group stage of the competition.

The 2011 UEFA Champions League Final Festival

Prior to the big match, there was a week long festival in London celebrating the history of the European Cup. The festival celebrated the first ever UEFA Champions League Final Played at Wembley with public displays and miniature football pitches for use by the public.

The Match Itself

Prior to the match there was a war of words in the media between the respective managers of both Manchester United and Barcelona. Both teams had won the cup on previous occasions and the match was billed as a true heavyweight encounter. However, it was the sheer dazzling brilliance of Barcelona which enabled them to lift the cup for the fourth time. Three sensational goals by Pedro Rodriguez, man of the match Lionel Messi and David Villa dashed any hopes United might have had of getting their hands on the silverware. United's golden boy Wayne Rooney was very excited about the prospect of taking on arguably the world's best team, but one goal in the first half was all the passionate Rooney could manage.

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