The 2013 UEFA Champions League Final will be the final match of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, the 58th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 21st season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League. The match is scheduled for Saturday, 25 May 2013 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The final will be played between two German teams, Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. This is the first time that two German clubs have reached the UEFA Champions League final. The winners will play against Chelsea, the winners of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, and also enter the semi-finals of the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup as the UEFA representative.
Wembley Stadium, England's national stadium and home of the England national football team, was announced as the venue of the 2013 final on 16 June 2011. Having hosted the 2011 final, Wembley will make history for being the first stadium in the tournament's history to host the final twice in three years. Discussing the short time between the two finals, UEFA President Michel Platini explained that the final will be in celebration of 150 years of the Football Association's existence. It will be the seventh occasion that Wembley will host the final after hosting the 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1992 and the 2011 finals of Europe's premier club competition.
The original Wembley Stadium hosted five European Cup finals. The 1968 and 1978 finals were both won by English sides: Manchester United beat Benfica 4–1 in 1968 and Liverpool defeated Club Brugge 1–0 in 1978. Benfica also lost in the 1963 final, beaten 2–1 by Milan, while Ajax won the first of three consecutive European Cups at Wembley in 1971, beating Panathinaikos 2–0. In the 1992 final, Spanish club Barcelona defeated Italian side Sampdoria 1–0 in the final match played as the European Cup prior to the following season's introduction of the current Champions League format.
First opened for the British Empire Exhibition in 1923, the stadium was originally known as the Empire Stadium. That year, it hosted its first FA Cup Final, when almost 200,000 spectators attempted to watch the match between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United. Wembley played host to all of England's matches at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, including the 4–2 victory over West Germany in the final, and at UEFA Euro 1996. The original stadium was closed in 2000 and demolished three years later, to be replaced by a 90,000-capacity arena, which opened in 2007. The new stadium hosted the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, which pitted Barcelona against Manchester United in a re-match of the final played two years previously. Barcelona claimed their fourth European title as they ran out 3–1 winners.
This will be the first time in the history of the Champions League (and European Cup) that the final is contested between two German sides. There were three previous Champions League finals between two clubs from the same country: 2000 (Spain), 2003 (Italy), and 2008 (England).
For Bayern, this will be their 10th European Cup final, trailing only Real Madrid (12) and Milan (11). They won four of those finals, in 1974, 1975, 1976, and most recently in 2001. This is also their third final in four years; they lost in both 2010 and 2012, adding to previous final losses in 1982, 1987, and 1999.
For Dortmund, this will be their second Champions League final, with them winning their first title in 1997. The next season as defending champions, they defeated Bayern in their only previous meetings in European competitions, winning 1–0 on aggregate in the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Road to the final
Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first.
Two-time Champions League winner and ex-England international Steve McManaman was appointed as the official ambassador for the final.
The international ticket sales phase for the general public ran from 11 February to 15 March 2013. Tickets were available in four price categories: £330, £230, £140, and £60.
The two finalist clubs are allocated 25,000 tickets each. Borussia Dortmund received 502,567 requests for tickets, while there are aproximately 250,000 orders for tickets from members of Bayern Munich. Both clubs are set to use draws as a means of awarding tickets.
The UEFA Champions Festival will be held at the International Quarter, Stratford City, next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from 23 to 26 May 2013.
The 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League Final will be held at Stamford Bridge on 23 May 2013.
- 90 minutes.
- 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
- Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
- Seven named substitutes.
- Maximum of three substitutions.