2011 UEFA Champions League Final

The 2011 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match played on 28 May 2011 at Wembley Stadium in London that decided the winner of the 2010–11 season of the UEFA Champions League. The winners received the European Champion Clubs' Cup (the European Cup). The 2011 final was the culmination of the 56th season of the tournament, and the 19th in the Champions League era.

The final was contested by Barcelona of Spain and Manchester United of England, the same teams which contested the 2009 final held in Rome which Barcelona won 2–0. The match kicked off at 19:45 BST. The referee for the match was Viktor Kassai from Hungary.[3] The venue, the new Wembley Stadium, hosted its first European Cup final, having opened in 2007. The old Wembley Stadium hosted the finals in 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978 and 1992.[6]

Both teams entered the competition having won it three times previously, Manchester United in 1968, 1999 and 2008; Barcelona in 1992, 2006 and 2009. To reach the final, in the knockout phase Barcelona beat Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk and lastly Real Madrid in the 212th El Clásico derby, while Manchester United beat Marseille, Chelsea and Schalke 04. Manchester United and Barcelona entered the final as champions of their domestic leagues (the Premier League and La Liga, respectively), but neither team had won a domestic cup that season.

Barcelona dominated the match, winning 3–1 with goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa, securing their fourth Champions League title.[7] Wayne Rooney scored for Manchester United to level the score going into half-time.[8]

Barcelona thus qualified to play Porto, the winners of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, in the 2011 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco on 26 August 2011,[9][10] and they also earned a place in the semi-finals of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup in December 2011 as the UEFA representative.

2011 UEFA Champions League Final
2011 UEFA Champions League Final logo
Match programme cover
Event2010–11 UEFA Champions League
Barcelona Manchester United
Spain England
3 1
Date28 May 2011
VenueWembley Stadium, London
UEFA Man of the MatchLionel Messi (Barcelona)[1]
Fans' Man of the MatchLionel Messi (Barcelona)[2]
RefereeViktor Kassai (Hungary)[3]
Attendance87,695[4]
WeatherCloudy
15 °C (59 °F)
76% humidity[5]

Background

The original Wembley Stadium hosted five European Cup finals prior to 2011. 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.[6]

The match was a rematch of the final two years earlier, which Barcelona had won 2–0 in Rome. United and Barcelona had both won three European titles prior to the match. United had won three years earlier against Chelsea, Bayern Munich in 1999, and Benfica in 1968. Barcelona had won their first title 19 years earlier, against Sampdoria at the Wembley Stadium. They then won their second title in 2006, beating Arsenal 2–1 in Paris. The most recent title win for Barcelona was against United in 2009 and it was the most recent final for both of these teams. However, in 2008, United defeated Barcelona 1–0 on aggregate, at the semi-final stage, en route to claiming their third trophy. Barcelona were appearing in the final for the third time in six years while United were for the third time in four years.

Route to the final

Spain Barcelona Round England Manchester United
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Greece Panathinaikos 5–1 (H) Matchday 1 Scotland Rangers 0–0 (H)
Russia Rubin Kazan 1–1 (A) Matchday 2 Spain Valencia 1–0 (A)
Denmark Copenhagen 2–0 (H) Matchday 3 Turkey Bursaspor 1–0 (H)
Denmark Copenhagen 1–1 (A) Matchday 4 Turkey Bursaspor 3–0 (A)
Greece Panathinaikos 3–0 (A) Matchday 5 Scotland Rangers 1–0 (A)
Russia Rubin Kazan 2–0 (H) Matchday 6 Spain Valencia 1–1 (H)
Group D winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 14 3 +11 14
Denmark Copenhagen 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10
Russia Rubin Kazan 6 1 3 2 2 4 −2 6
Greece Panathinaikos 6 0 2 4 2 13 −11 2
Final standings Group C winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6 4 2 0 7 1 +6 14
Spain Valencia 6 3 2 1 15 4 +11 11
Scotland Rangers 6 1 3 2 3 6 −3 6
Turkey Bursaspor 6 0 1 5 2 16 −14 1
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
England Arsenal 4–3 1–2 (A) 3–1 (H) Round of 16 France Marseille 2–1 0–0 (A) 2–1 (H)
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6–1 5–1 (H) 1–0 (A) Quarter-finals England Chelsea 3–1 1–0 (A) 2–1 (H)
Spain Real Madrid 3–1 2–0 (A) 1–1 (H) Semi-finals Germany Schalke 04 6–1 2–0 (A) 4–1 (H)

Pre-match

Venue

Wembley Stadium interior
Inside Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium was selected as the venue for the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon, Switzerland, on 29 January 2009.[11] Other stadia in contention to host the final included the Allianz Arena in Munich and Berlin's Olympiastadion.[12] The Allianz Arena instead hosted the 2012 final.[11] The weekend set aside by UEFA for the 2011 Champions League Final was originally scheduled by The Football League as the date for the Football League play-off finals, which are traditionally held on the British May bank holiday weekend; however, due to UEFA's requirement that they be given exclusive use of the venue in the lead-up to the final, the play-off finals had to be relocated. Due to this breach of their contract with The Football Association, The Football League demanded compensation.[13] On 21 January 2011, as part of a settlement agreement with the FA, the League One and League Two play-off finals were moved to Old Trafford, Manchester, to be played respectively on 29 May and 28 May 2011; the Championship play-off final was not rescheduled.[14][15] The Conference National play-off final was also moved to Manchester, to be played at the City of Manchester Stadium on 21 May 2011.[16]

UEFA's ambassador for the 2011 Champions League Final was the former Tottenham Hotspur forward Gary Lineker. In his first duty as ambassador, on 26 August 2010, Lineker helped to conduct the draw for the group stage of the competition.[17] Lineker was later involved in the unveiling of the branding design for the 2011 final at an event at Wembley Stadium on 25 November 2010. Hosted by Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys, the event was also attended by UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti, former British Minister for Sport and representative of the City of London Kate Hoey, General Secretary of The Football Association Alex Horne, and England Women's international Faye White. The logo for the final is in the style of a heraldic crest and features the European Champion Clubs' Cup in the centre, flanked by two lions. According to the designers of the logo, London-based Radiant Studios, the lions are intended to represent the two teams that would contest the final, battling over the trophy. The use of traditional elements in a contemporary style in the design is said to have been inspired by modern British designers such as Vivienne Westwood and tailors on Savile Row.[18][19]

Ticketing

Although Wembley Stadium can usually hold up to 90,000 spectators, the capacity for the 2011 Champions League final was approximately 86,000. The two teams that reached the final were allocated 25,000 tickets each, while a further 11,000 tickets were put on general sale. The application period for the latter opened on 24 February 2011 and closed at 17:00 GMT on 18 March, with recipients to be determined by a random ballot before 6 April.[20][21]

A ticket launch event was held at London's City Hall on 17 February 2011, at which the above ticketing process was explained. The event was also used to promote the start of ticket sales, and was attended by final ambassador Gary Lineker, his women's final counterpart Hope Powell, UEFA Champions Festival ambassador Graeme Le Saux, UEFA fourth vice-president Marios N. Lefkaritis, and vice-chairman of The Football Association Barry Bright. Le Saux and Powell were presented with the first symbolic tickets for the final by four local schoolchildren.[22]

Match ball

2011 UEFA Champions League Final ball
A ball from the match on display at the UEFA Champions Festival in Hyde Park, London

As with the previous ten UEFA Champions League finals, beginning with the 2001 final, the match ball was provided by German sports equipment company Adidas. Revealed on 3 March 2011 at Wembley Stadium, the Adidas Finale London features the "Starball" design synonymous with the UEFA Champions League. In reflection of the St George's Cross seen on the flag of England, the ball itself is white with red stars, connecting to a central, bright orange star. Technically, the ball shares its structure with the Adidas Finale Madrid, which was used for the 2010 final.[23]

Opening ceremony

The 2011 Champions League final was officially opened on 21 May 2011 with the opening of the 2011 UEFA Champions Festival at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London. The festival ran for the entire week leading up to the show-piece match at Wembley, closing a few hours before kick-off. Among the attractions at the festival were displays detailing the history of the European Cup, miniature football pitches for use by the public, and the trophy itself.[24]

The UEFA Champions League Anthem was performed by British classical crossover group All Angels.[25]

Broadcasting

The match was shown on ITV and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. In the United States, Fox aired the final for the second consecutive year. UK-based outside broadcast facilities provider NEP Visions provided host coverage of the event. In South America, Rede Globo and Rede Bandeirantes broadcast the match for Brazil. Sky Deutschland (Pay TV) and Sat. 1 were broadcasting the match for Germany, public broadcaster SF 2 showed the final in Switzerland, as well as, the public broadcaster ORF 1 in Austria.[26]

The match was broadcast live in 3D in the Trädgår'n club hall in Gothenburg, Sweden on the Guinness Book of World Records' largest television.[27][28]

Match

Summary

First half

Barcelona outplayed Manchester United, controlling 68% of possession and having 22 attempts on goal compared to United's 4.[29] United's game plan was to get bodies in front of Barcelona's attack and hope to keep the ball away from their end whenever they received possession. United would therefore often try long balls as their method of attack. Manchester United started the better of the sides, with more possession and brief sights of goal in the opening minutes. Javier Hernández had a shot towards goal blocked, and another fly over the bar (he had been offside anyway in the approach play). Barcelona came into the game after their slow start and created a few chances. David Villa had a shot from range go just wide in the 19th minute, and another in the 21st minute was saved well by Van der Sar. Barcelona then took the lead in the 27th minute when Xavi played in Pedro, who struck from inside the penalty box. It looked as if Barcelona could keep possession to win the game with just that goal. However, United equalised seven minutes later against the run of play. After some pressuring by United on Barcelona who were taking a throw-in deep in their own half, Wayne Rooney received the ball, played a one-two with Ryan Giggs, and curled the ball into the corner from 15 yards. Replays showed that Giggs may have been just offside in the approach play. On the stroke of half-time, Messi almost latched onto a cross from Villa but could not turn it into the net from a few yards out. The whistle blew soon afterwards for half-time.[29]

Second half

Barcelona's dominance continued in the second half. Messi almost gave Barcelona the lead in the 52nd minute when he latched onto a rebound from a Van der Sar save from Dani Alves, but Patrice Evra cleared off the line with his head. Barcelona regained the lead in the 54th minute when Messi received the ball and fired home from 20 yards out. Barcelona dominated for the next 15 minutes or so. Messi turned Rio Ferdinand and got a shot away from about eight yards out, forcing a save from Van der Sar. In the 66th minute, Xavi had a long shot saved by Van der Sar, and Iniesta had another long shot saved by the United keeper a few minutes later. A third goal came in the 69th minute. David Villa got the ball about 20 yards out and curled a shot into the top corner to seal the result.[29][30] United tried to hit back immediately with an attack, with Rooney having a curling shot go just over the bar. Nani then made a run across Barcelona's 18 yard box in the 85th minute and got a shot away which went just wide. But there was no way back for United and Barcelona hung on comfortably to win their fourth European title and the third in six years.

Details

Barcelona Spain3–1England Manchester United
Pedro Goal 27'
Messi Goal 54'
Villa Goal 69'
Report Rooney Goal 34'
Barcelona[5]
Manchester United[5]
GK 1 Spain Víctor Valdés Yellow card 85'
RB 2 Brazil Dani Alves Yellow card 60' Substituted off 88'
CB 14 Argentina Javier Mascherano
CB 3 Spain Gerard Piqué
LB 22 France Eric Abidal
DM 16 Spain Sergio Busquets
CM 6 Spain Xavi (c)
CM 8 Spain Andrés Iniesta
RF 7 Spain David Villa Substituted off 86'
CF 10 Argentina Lionel Messi
LF 17 Spain Pedro Substituted off 90+2'
Substitutes:
GK 38 Spain Oier
DF 5 Spain Carles Puyol Substituted in 88'
DF 21 Brazil Adriano
MF 15 Mali Seydou Keita Substituted in 86'
MF 20 Netherlands Ibrahim Afellay Substituted in 90+2'
MF 30 Spain Thiago
FW 9 Spain Bojan
Manager:
Spain Pep Guardiola
Barcelona vs Man Utd 2011-05-28
GK 1 Netherlands Edwin van der Sar
RB 20 Brazil Fábio Substituted off 69'
CB 5 England Rio Ferdinand
CB 15 Serbia Nemanja Vidić (c)
LB 3 France Patrice Evra
RM 25 Ecuador Antonio Valencia Yellow card 79'
CM 16 England Michael Carrick Yellow card 61' Substituted off 77'
CM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
LM 13 South Korea Park Ji-sung
SS 10 England Wayne Rooney
CF 14 Mexico Javier Hernández
Substitutes:
GK 29 Poland Tomasz Kuszczak
DF 12 England Chris Smalling
MF 8 Brazil Anderson
MF 17 Portugal Nani Substituted in 69'
MF 18 England Paul Scholes Substituted in 77'
MF 24 Scotland Darren Fletcher
FW 7 England Michael Owen
Manager:
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson

UEFA Man of the Match:
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)[1]
Fans' Man of the Match:
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)[2]

Assistant referees:
Gábor Erős (Hungary)[3]
György Ring (Hungary)[3]
Additional assistant referees:
Mihály Fábián (Hungary)[3]
Tamás Bognár (Hungary)[3]
Fourth official:
István Vad (Hungary)[3]
Reserve official:
Robert Kispál (Hungary)[3]

Statistics

First half[31]
Barcelona Manchester United
Goals scored 1 1
Total shots 8 2
Shots on target 3 1
Ball possession 67% 33%
Corner kicks 1 0
Fouls committed 2 5
Offsides 0 4
Yellow cards 0 0
Red cards 0 0
Second half[31]
Barcelona Manchester United
Goals scored 2 0
Total shots 11 2
Shots on target 9 0
Ball possession 62% 38%
Corner kicks 5 0
Fouls committed 3 11
Offsides 1 1
Yellow cards 2 2
Red cards 0 0
Overall[31]
Barcelona Manchester United
Goals scored 3 1
Total shots 19 4
Shots on target 12 1
Ball possession 63% 37%
Corner kicks 6 0
Fouls committed 5 16
Offsides 1 5
Yellow cards 2 2
Red cards 0 0

Post-match

Trophy presentation and celebrations

In a gesture by his teammates, Eric Abidal, who had undergone surgery only two months earlier to remove a tumour in his liver, was given the honour of wearing the captain's armband during the trophy presentation ceremony. He was the first player to lift the trophy. Speaking afterwards, Abidal, who was in tears, appreciated the gesture, and spoke of how "special" his club was.[32]

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola singled out Messi after the game, stating the Argentine was "the best player [he'd] ever seen" and that Messi "made the difference" in the game.[33] Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged that the Barcelona side was the best team he had ever faced.[34] His sentiments were echoed by United captain Nemanja Vidić and defender Rio Ferdinand.[35]

Gerard Piqué cut the mesh from the net in front of the Barcelona fans where Barcelona had scored the two winning goals, and took it back to the club museum at the Camp Nou. The Barcelona players, coaches, and their families then formed a circle at centre field and danced. The sprinklers at Wembley came on at this time and the players and coaches celebrated under them.

The match was the last for Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who had announced his retirement from football to follow the 2011 season.

See also

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The channel first launched as Fox Sports Americas in 1996, before transitioning to Fox Sports World en Español in 1997. In 2002, the network was relaunched as Fox Sports en Español before becoming Fox Deportes in 2010.As of February 2015, approximately 21,831,000 American households (18.8% of households with television) received Fox Deportes.

Heineken N.V.

Heineken N.V. (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɛinəkə(n)]; at times self-styled as HEINEKEN) is a Dutch brewing company, founded in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam. As of 2017, Heineken owns over 165 breweries in more than 70 countries. It produces 250 international, regional, local and speciality beers and ciders and employs approximately 73,000 people.With an annual beer production of 188.3 million hectoliters in 2015, and global revenues of EUR 20,511 billions in 2015, Heineken N.V. is the number one brewer in Europe and one of the largest brewers by volume in the world. Heineken's Dutch breweries are located in Zoeterwoude, 's-Hertogenbosch and Wijlre. The original brewery in Amsterdam, closed in 1988, is preserved as a museum called Heineken Experience.

Since the merger between the two largest brewing empires in the world, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, in October 2016, Heineken has been the second largest brewer in the world.

István Vad

István Vad (born 30 May 1979) is a Hungarian football referee. He has been an international FIFA-listed official since 2007. His father, István Vad Sr., was also an international referee who previously played as a forward for Ferencváros, while his grandfather (also named István Vad) was a referee in Hungary. His sister, Anita Vad, also referees football. Because of his footballing lineage, Vad is known in Hungary as István Vad II.After being promoted to the FIFA list of international referees at the start of 2007, Vad took charge of his first matches in European competition in July 2007. He refereed his first senior international game in October 2008, followed by his first foray into the group stage of the UEFA Europa League a year later. In 2010–11, he took charge of his first match in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, and capped the season by being named as the fourth official for the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final.He worked as the additional assistant referee in a UEFA Euro 2012 match between England and Ukraine.

LED display

A LED display is a flat panel display that uses an array of light-emitting diodes as pixels for a video display. Their brightness allows them to be used outdoors where they are visible in the sun for store signs and billboards. In recent years, they have also become commonly used in destination signs on public transport vehicles, as well as variable-message signs on highways. LED displays are capable of providing general illumination in addition to visual display, as when used for stage lighting or other decorative (as opposed to informational) purposes.

Pedro Proença

Pedro Proença Oliveira Alves Garcia (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpeðɾu pɾuˈe̋sɐ]; born 3 November 1970) is a retired Portuguese football referee.

Proença has refereed a number of notable matches including the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, Taça de Portugal finals, Taça da Liga finals, as well as the final of both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA European Championship becoming the first referee to overview both finals of the main European competitions for clubs and national teams in the same year.In 2006–07, he was named as the Portuguese Referee of the Year. He was promoted to UEFA's Elite category at the start of the 2009–10 season. On 22 June 2011, he was named as "Best Referee" for the 2010–11 season by the Portuguese Football Federation. In January 2013, he was voted by the IFFHS as the Best Referee of 2012. Proença retired from refereeing in January 2015.

In July 2015, six months after retiring from refereeing, he announced his candidature and was subsequently elected president of the Portuguese Professional Football League.

Rondo (game)

A rondo is a type of game, similar to keep away, that is used as a training drill in association football (soccer). In a rondo, one group of players is tasked with keeping possession of the ball while completing a series of passes, while a smaller group of players (sometimes a single player) tries to take possession.Rondos take place in close proximity, with the possessing group often circled around the opposing group. Unlike other possession games, in a rondo, players occupy predetermined positions. Rondos are said to improve player decision making, coordination, team play, creativity, competitiveness, and physical conditioning. The exercise is used by major football organizations including FC Barcelona and Ajax, and has been credited with remaking the modern game.Dutch player and coach Johan Cruyff, who implemented the rondo at Barcelona, described the drill: "Everything that goes on in a match, except shooting, you can do in a rondo. The competitive aspect, fighting to make space, what to do when in possession and what to do when you haven’t got the ball, how to play ‘one touch’ soccer, how to counteract the tight marking and how to win the ball back." Barcelona played one of their most famous rondos prior to the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, in which they roundly defeated Manchester United.

Tinchy Stryder

Kwasi Danquah ( KWAY-see dang-KWAH; born 14 September 1986), known by the stage name Tinchy Stryder and also as The Star in the Hood Black Chain Massive, is a Ghanaian-British rapper, singer, entrepreneur and investor.

Stryder has released three solo studio albums, Star in the Hood (2007), Catch 22 (2009), and Third Strike (2010). Stryder's business ventures include the clothing line Star in the Hood, the Cloud 9 X Goji headphone and audio equipment range in collaboration with Goji Electronics.

Viasat

Viasat is a satellite and pay television brand, co-owned by the Swedish media group Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) in the Nordic countries, Sony Pictures Television in Hungary, and by Viasat World internationally. Founded in Sweden in 1991, Viasat has previously been owned by Modern Times Group. The channels of both companies are broadcast from London.

Viktor Kassai

Viktor Kassai (Kassai Viktor, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkɒʃːɒi ˈviktor]; born 10 September 1975) is a Hungarian football referee. He participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and refereed the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final. He has been a full international referee for FIFA since 2003.

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