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Champions League Final at Wembley Tops Sporting Fixture List for London in 2013

The Olympics may be over but the sporting legacy lives on in London with The Ashes, ICC Champions Trophy, European Cup and two NFL games all coming to town.

    LONDON, ENGLAND, February 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The resumption of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday 13th February is a timely reminder that the most widely watched final in world football will take place at Wembley Stadium for the second time in three years. The showpiece fixture underlines the fact that a post-Olympic London is still the place for sport, with further highlights this year including England's Ashes test series against Australia, the ICC Champions Trophy, a new major professional cycling road race, Andy Murray's latest Wimbledon bid and not one, but two, NFL International Series games.

Manchester United will hope avenge their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League Final, which was also held at Wembley. United will have to overcome a tricky Last 16 tie against Real Madrid if they want a shot at redemption - while the other remaining British clubs, Arsenal and Celtic, face equally stern tests in Bayern Munich and Juventus. Travellers arriving from outside London to watch the Champions League final - or any London sporting fixture in 2013 - can conveniently book their accommodation on, where there's a wide range of Hotels in London available to suit all budgets.

The historic European Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday 25th May is one of a whole host of fixtures that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Football Association. Besides the ongoing World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign (with group games against Moldova, Montenegro and Poland), England have a second special Wembley friendly lined up against Scotland on 14th August following last week's clash against Brazil.

Wembley also plays host to its usual league playoffs and cup competitions - most notably the Capital One Cup Final between Swansea and Bradford City on 24th February and the FA Cup Final on 11th May - as well as Rugby League's Challenge Cup Final on Saturday 24th August. Then, for the first time in history, two NFL International Series regular-season games touch down in London in the same year, with Minnesota Vikings taking on Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday 29th September and Jacksonville Jaguars facing San Francisco 49ers on Sunday 27th October.

England started their Rugby Six Nation campaign with a convincing home win over Scotland at the beginning of the month, and Stuart Lancaster's men follow this up with games against France (23rd February) and Italy (10th March) at Twickenham, which also hosts the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on Saturday 25th May, the annual Big Game on the last Saturday of the year and the Marriott London Sevens in May. After the Queen's Club Championships in mid-June, focus shifts to SW19 where Andy Murray will bid to become Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon winner, with the women's and men's finals taking place on 6th and 7th July.

A massive year for cricket has London at the epicentre of all the action, with stand-out fixtures including the Second Ashes Test at Lord's (18th-22nd July) and the Fifth Ashes Test at the Oval (21st-25th August). Before that, England play both a Test and a ODI match against New Zealand at Lord's in June, while in the same month the world's top eight one-day international sides take part in the ICC Champions Trophy, which sees four group games and a semi-final clash being played at the Oval.

Coinciding with the unveiling of the redeveloped Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Britain's biggest cycling festival takes place on the weekend of 3rd and 4th August, and includes the RideLondon Classic, the biggest one-day road race in Britain, which promises to attract the likes of Mark Cavendish and Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins. Other stand-out events in a fixture-fuelled year in London include the final leg of the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series in Hyde Park (11th-15th September), the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena (4th-11th November), the Boat Race (31st March) and the Virgin London Marathon (21st April).

All of London's major and minor sporting events are listed on's London Events in 2013 page. This press release features extracts from London 2013: The Sporting Year, an article in the new 244-page guide book to London in 2013, published by To purchase a copy of London 2013 - The Annual go to

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