Is Wembley to host the 2013 Champions League final?
Even though the merciless beating that Barcelona handed out to Manchester United at Wembley at the end of May will still be very fresh in the minds of the United players who suffered, it appears that the famous old stadium is being lined up to host Europe’s premier football tournament once again. Even though there is a history of rotating the finals around the member states and giving different countries a chance, it seems as though Uefa are set to return to London in 2013. The reason stated is that the Wembley final went so well and the fact that it will be the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Football Association. With this in mind, Uefa could be all set to unfurl the bunting once again and host their showcase final in the capital of England. The celebration would be reason enough to turn to London but with the sports ruling bodies, there are always other reasons.
Uefa love filthy lucre
There is a very strong reason why Wembley will be chosen as the final again and that is all down to money. Uefa, much like Fifa, love money and anyway they can get their grubby little hands on it they will gladly grab at it. Money is the entire reason for the Champions League being in the style and format as it is and why the old European Cup was phased out of existence. There is a massive desire to keep the teams and organisers at the top of the football trough rolling in cash and playing the final at Wembley again will give the ruling body another chance to rake in a massive payday.
It is nice for London fans to see the big cup
There is a benefit about Wembley hosting yet another final and that comes from the fact that the good people of London get to see what the trophy looks like. After all, the major London clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea are not good enough to win the cup so at least locals can be reminded of what it looks like. There have been many British triumphs in Europe’s top trophy but the joy has been confined to Aston Villa, Celtic, Liverpool, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest. Chelsea may have only been a John Terry slip away from clinching the trophy but that just serves as a reminder of how fickle football can be. And the fact that John Terry has slipped up when playing away from home a few times in his life!