With current matters on the pitch not exactly thrilling, an opportunity to bask in the reflected glory of the past might be more pleasurable – if so, you might want to check out this exhibition of Champions League (including when it was the European Cup) which features our own contribution to the competition. If you want to win a pair of tickets, just drop me an email and I’ll conduct some kind of random draw – emails in by close of play Monday 19th September, please!
More details are below, might work out quite nicely if you’re heading down to Watford – you could pop down a little earlier and take in the tour beforehand.
Items belonging to Europe’s most iconic names in football from David Beckham to Alfredo Di Stefano are on display at Wembley Stadium as part of a new ‘Exhibition of Champions’.
Supported by UEFA, the exhibition celebrates 56 years of glorious European Football history and will form part of the Wembley Stadium Tour. It will feature prize exhibits including inspirational Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard’s 2005 captain’s armband, David Beckham’s jersey from Manchester United’s nail biting victory in 1999 and Graeme Souness’ three winners’ medals from ’78, ’81 and ’84.
The UEFA Champions League Final is the most prestigious event in European club football and since 1963 Wembley Stadium has hosted a total of six finals including the most recent final in May. A record breaking audience of over 300 million people tuned in worldwide to see Barcelona take on Manchester United at Wembley and TV ratings in the UK reached a high of 11.1 million. History was made in the US when the final drew in an audience of 4.2 million, a 91% increase on figures from 2010.
Following the success of this final, widely recognised as one of the very best in Champions League history, Wembley was again chosen by UEFA to be hosts of the final in 2013 – the 150th anniversary year of The Football Association.
The ‘Exhibition of Champions’ features over 700 artefacts including:
- The match balls from the last five finals
- Denis Law’s jersey from 1968
- The original Intercontinental Cup – valued at approximately £225,000
- Johan Cruyff’s jersey from 1972
- David Villa’s signed shirt from 2011
- Celtic signed frame from their 1967 victory
- Di Stefano’s 1959 jersey
- Van Basten’s jersey from 1990
- McGovern’s shirt from 1979
- Eusebio‘s shirt from 1963
- Zidane’s boots from 2002
The Wembley Stadium Tour has welcomed millions of sports fans since it first opened in 1978 and now from Monday visitors will be able to enjoy the ‘Exhibition of Champions’ as well as the England changing rooms, players tunnel, trophy winner’s steps, press conference rooms and Wembley’s famous Royal Box.
To book a place on the Wembley Tour and see the ‘Exhibition of Champions’ visit www.wembleystadium.com/tours or call 0844 800 2755.
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