The official trophies of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League will be handed over today to the City of Munich, the host of this season’s finals, at a special ceremony taking place at 16.00 local time at the Altes Rathaus, Marienplatz.
UEFA President Michel Platini will hand over the UEFA Champions League trophy to the Mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, and the UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy to Christine Strobl, the Mayor of Munich for Sport. This prestigious event marks the countdown to the 2012 UEFA Women’s Champions League and 2012 UEFA Champions League finals hosted by Munich, on 17 and 19 May respectively.
The ceremony will be conducted in the presence of the 2012 UEFA Women’s Champions League final ambassador Steffi Jones, the 2012 UEFA Champions League final ambassador Paul Breitner and UEFA Champions Festival ambassador Willy Sagnol. Representatives of the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League winners FC Barcelona and the 2010/11 UEFA Women’s Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais will also be in attendance.
UEFA President Michel Platini said: “This annual cup handover event symbolises the start of the countdown to the season’s finals. I would like to thank the DFB for all their help in delivering what I believe will be yet another fantastic celebration of European football, this time in Munich, a city with such a strong football heritage. I am delighted to hand over this iconic silverware to the City of Munich today, and I trust they will look after the trophies with care – as I know they will look after all the visitors to the festival and the finals.”
2012 UEFA Women’s Champions League final ambassador Steffi Jones said: “It is an honour for me to be part of the delegation bringing these prestigious trophies to Germany and Munich. The 2012 UEFA Women’s Champions League final will be the highlight of the European women’s football club calendar and I am already looking forward to being in the crowds at the game on 17 May.”
2012 UEFA Champions League final ambassador Paul Breitner said: “I take great pride in being the ambassador for this season’s UEFA Champions League final, especially as it will be played in my home town. The final is a real highlight for Munich, and for the whole football season.”
Following the ceremony, the trophies of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women’s Champions League will go on a tour of the city which will take them to key venues and finish with a special open top bus parade on 14 May. Full details of the trophy tour will be available on UEFA.com.
On the same day in Munich, UEFA also hands over a mini-pitch to the host city of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women’s Champions League finals, to be used for football grassroots activities. The handover ceremony will take place at 14.30CET at Demleitnerstrasse, Munich.
This is the third consecutive year a mini-pitch will be donated to the host city – the tradition started with the 2010 Madrid finals and it aims to ensure a grassroots legacy for the UEFA club competition host cities. The UEFA Europa League final host city, Bucharest this year, will also receive one.
The mini-pitch is fully funded by UEFA Football Education Services. UEFA's mission as the parent body of European football includes helping to cultivate the game's grassroots – the foundation on which elite football can thrive. UEFA has been reinforcing its grassroots activities in recent times, spreading its message across Europe to include sectors such as football for the disabled. Children are also a special target audience in the campaign, which highlights the joy of football.
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