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Wembley, the story behind the stadium where Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will play in the final

Wembley, the story behind the stadium where Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will play in the final

Wembley stadium, one of the most important in the world, It was the scene of historic matches. And this Saturday it will host a new final of the Champions League between real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Several of the best players on the planet, such as Bobby Charlton, Franz Beckenbauer, Stanley Matthews, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, stepped on its grass and celebrated that they transcended from generation to generation.

Although Wembley Stadium was inaugurated in 1923, The project dates back to 1918, with the end of World War I: the Government organized a World Exhibition of the British Empire and planned a large national stadium as its centerpiece. The first stone was laid in 1922 and about 300 days later, on April 23, Wembley Stadium was inaugurated, hosting the FA Cup final.

That final pitted Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United and It is said that about 300,000 spectators entered in a stadium with capacity for 127,000 people: that’s where the Wembley myth began.

Since then, Wembley hosted five European Cups, two Champions League (three next Saturday), an Olympic Games final, a Fifa World Cup final and two Euro Cup finals.}

The first European Cup held in the English countryside dates back to 1962-1963, in the match between AC Milan and Sport Lisboa e Benfica, with victory for the Italians. Five years later, Wembley again hosted the final of the European tournament, hosting the clash between Manchester United FC and Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

In 1966, Wembley hosted the World Cup final of FIFA between England and Germany, with a 4-2 victory, for the English who were proclaimed WORLD CHAMPIONS for the first and only time in their history.

In 1970-1971, Ajax Amsterdam won the European Cup against Panathinaikos, and in 1977-1978 Liverpool did the same against Club Brugge. 1992-1993 was the last time Wembley hosted a European club final in the previous format, with Sampdoria beating Barcelona.

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The imposing New Wembley field where Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will play the Champions League final on Saturday. The stadium has a capacity for 90,000 spectators.

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In 1996, already in the last years of the old Wembley, the stadium hosted the Eurocup final, between Germany and the Czech Republic. It was the second time that the English field hosted a final of a national team competition, after the World Cup.

The almost eighty years of Wembley and the thousands of people who celebrated goals in its stands took their toll on a depleted field, which in 2000 closed its doors permanently. Three years later, its demolition began and On its ashes rose the new Wembley, for which US$1,233 million were invested and which was inaugurated on March 9, 2007.

The reborn stadium has capacity for around 90,000 people and hosts matches for the English national team, as well as the finals of the FA Cup, the English League Cup and the Community Shield. Added to all of these are the matches of the English national rugby team.

In 2010-2011, the new Wembley witnessed the first Champions League final to be played at its facilities, with Barcelona beating Manchester United 3-0. Two years later, the English stadium again hosted the European club competition and Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund, becoming champion of the continental club competition for the fifth time in its history.

That same year, The finals of the London 2012 Olympic Games were held at Wembleybetween Mexico and Brazil, with a Mexican victory by 2 to 1. Nine years later, in 2021, Wembley hosted the final of the Euro Cup, between Italy and England, in which the English team failed to win the title at home.

This weekend, in it new Wembley will hear the Champions League anthem again in what will be its third orejona.

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund play the Champions League final

real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will face this Saturday 1 June in it Wembley Stadium of London Englandwithin the framework of the final of the UEFA champions league 2023-24.

It should be noted that the match, which is refereed by the Slovenian Slavko Vincicwill begin at 4 p.m. (Argentine time) and can be seen live on television through ESPNas well as the platform Star+.

How many millions will the Champions League champion win?

real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are the finalists of this 2023/24 edition of the Champions League. Only for him both teams went to the final and pocketed US$16.87 millions each.

The team that lifts the UEFA Champions League trophy (or commonly still called the European Cup) will receive $4.7 additional millions.

Source: Ambito

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