The Allianz Arena will be the venue for the 2012 Champions League final, the UEFA Executive Committee decided on Thursday at the European governing body’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. After a starring role at the 2006 World Cup, Bayern’s home ground will again provide the focus of attention for the footballing world in May 2012.
“We’re very, very pleased,” commented Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on hearing of the decision, thanking the UEFA Executive and UEFA President Michel Platini. “This is emphatic proof that our Arena fulfils the very highest standards in terms of state-of-the-art facilities, infrastructure and attractiveness. We are looking forward to the privilege of staging the most important and biggest occasion in European club football.”
Third final in Munich
Seven years after the spectacular stadium opened for business in 2005, the final of Europe’s premier club competition will be the biggest game to date at the Allianz Arena. The ground in the north Munich district of Fröttmaning staged the opening match and five other games at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Munich has hosted the Champions League final twice in the past, most recently in 1997, when Borussia Dortmund sensationally defeated Juventus 3-1 at the Olympic stadium. The very first Champions League final also took place in the Bavarian capital, Olympique Marseille defeating AC Milan 1-0 in May 1993.
2011 in London
At the Thursday meeting in Nyon, the UEFA Executive also named the new Wembley stadium in north London as the venue for the Champions League final in 2011, completing the schedule for the next four finals as follows: