A look at the past Champions League finals that have been held in England

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The UEFA is considering moving the all-English Champions League final from the Ataturk Stadium to Wembley as travel to Turkey is restricted due to the Corona virus.

Should the match between Manchester City and Chelsea be moved to London, it would be the ninth time that the European Champions League final has been played in England, with seven of the previous finals held at Wembley.

And here, PA news agency takes a look at the other occasions when the country has hosted Europe’s premier club soccer.

 

The European Cup, 1963 – AC Milan 2 – Benfica 1, Wembley (crowd: 45,715).
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For the first time that Wembley hosted the European Cup final, Milan also lifted the trophy for the first time. Jose Altafini’s two goals cancelled out Eusebio’s opening goal and denied Benfica a third successive victory.

UEFA European Cup, 1968 – Manchester United 4 Benfica 1, Wembley (92,225).

George Best, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kidd all scored in extra time after Jaime Graca had equalized Charlton’s first goal in the second half. United thus became the first English club to win the European Cup.

The European Cup, 1971 – Ajax 2 Panathinaikos 0, Wembley (83,179).

Wembley witnessed another premiership victory as Ajax recovered from defeat in the 1969 final to win the cup with goals from Dick Van Dijk and Arie Haan.

European Cup, 1978 – Liverpool 1 Bruges 0, Wembley (92,500)
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Defending champions Liverpool secured the European Cup thanks to a second-half goal from Kenny Dalglish, becoming the first English side to win the title.

European Cup, 1992 – Barcelona 1 Sampdoria 0, Wembley (70,827)

 

The last final of the European Cup era – and a first success for Barcelona, with Ronald Koeman’s free-kick in extra time making the difference.

Champions League, 2003 – AC Milan 0 Juventus 0 (Milan wins 3-2 on penalties), Old Trafford (62,315).

While Wembley was being rebuilt, Old Trafford hosted the first all-Italian tournament. Milan prevailed in a penalty shootout, with Andriy Shevchencko scoring the winner despite goalkeeper Dida being off his line for saves against David Trezeguet, Marcelo Zalayeta and Paolo Montero.

Champions League, 2011 – Barcelona 3 Manchester United 1, Wembley (87,695).

Barcelona returned to Wembley and won its third European title in six years with a comprehensive victory over United thanks to goals from Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro, with Wayne Rooney equalizing in the first half.

 

Champions League, 2013 – Bayern Munich 2 Borussia Dortmund 1, Wembley (86,298).

 

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In the first all-German final, Bayern won the European Champions Cup for the fifth time. The goals were scored by Mario Mandzukic and man of the match Arjen Robben in the second half, while Ilkay Gundogan converted a penalty for Dortmund.

 

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