UEFA Champions League Finals at Wembley Revisited Ahead of Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Clash

UEFA Champions League Finals at Wembley Revisited Ahead of Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Clash

Joel Reyes
May 29, 2024 at 3:57 AM
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  • Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday
  • That blockbuster showdown will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England
  • Seven previous finals of the European Cup and Champions League have been held in that venue

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The stage is set for a mouth-watering clash at Wembley Stadium.

Real Madrid will lock horns with Borussia Dortmund in the final of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League.

Sports Brief looks at the previous finals of the European Cup and Champions League staged at this iconic venue ahead of Saturday's blockbuster showdown.

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Barcelona fans wave their flags during the 2011 Champions League final between their club and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Image: AMA.
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European Cup finals at Wembley

AC Milan vs. Benfica (1962-63)

Wembley held its first European Cup final on May 22, 1963. The match featured two-time defending champions Benfica and AC Milan.

The Italian giants ended Benfica's title reign, beating them by a score of 2-1. Jose Altafini starred for Milan, scoring a brace in the second half to lead the comeback win.

Milan made history with the victory, becoming the first Italian side to win the European Cup.

Manchester United vs. Benfica (1967-68)

92,225 people flocked to Wembley Stadium on May 29, 1968, to watch Manchester United win their first-ever European Cup.

Bobby Charlton opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the final with a header in the 53rd minute. Benfica managed to force extra time after Jaime Graca netted an equaliser in the 79th minute.

United wouldn't be denied, however, scoring three goals in a seven-minute span in the extra period. George Best, Brian Kidd, and Charlton all found the back of the net to seal an emotional 4-1 victory for the Red Devils.

Ajax vs. Panathinaikos (1970-71)

The European Cup final returned to Wembley Stadium three years later, with Ajax and Panathinaikos squaring off in the championship match on June 2, 1971.

83,179 people attended the game, which finished 2-0 in favour of the Dutch giants. Van Dijk and substitute Arie Hann scored the goals for Ajax, who won their first-ever European Cup.

Liverpool vs. Club Brugge (1977-78)

Liverpool became the second English team to win the European Cup at Wembley Stadium, beating Club Brugge 1-0 in the final on May 10, 1978.

Kenny Dalglish sealed the victory for the Reds, scoring the game's lone goal in the 64th minute. With the win, Liverpool claimed their second consecutive European Cup.

Barcelona vs. Sampdoria (1991-92)

Wembley Stadium waited 14 years to host another European Cup final, with Barcelona and Sampdoria squaring off in the iconic venue in May 1992.

The Catalan giants emerged victorious in the decider, recording a 1-0 win thanks to a Ronald Koeman free kick in the 112th minute, per Marca.

Champions League finals at Wembley

Barcelona vs. Manchester United (2010-11)

The new Wembley Stadium hosted its first Champions League final on May 28, 2011, with Barcelona and Manchester United locking horns in a battle of powerhouse teams.

Both clubs won European Cup finals in the old Wembley Stadium, with Manchester United taking home the trophy in 1968 and Barcelona claiming the crown in 1992.

The Catalan giants stamped their class in the 2011 final, recording a 3-1 win over the Red Devils thanks to goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi, and David Villa.

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund (2012-13)

The last Champions League final that Wembley hosted took place on May 25, 2013. The championship match was an all-German affair, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund facing off in the iconic stadium.

Bayern secured the title in dramatic fashion, with Arjen Robben scoring the match-winner in the 89th minute, per The Guardian.

Terzic fires warning to Real Madrid

Sports Brief recently reported on Dortmund's coach firing a warning to Real Madrid ahead of the final.

Edin Terzic sent a defiant message to the Spanish giants before Saturday's clash.

He hinted that Real Madrid's winning streak in the Champions League might come to an end this weekend.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.