Champions League

By Chris Smith

Published: 12:47, 18 January 2021

The 2012–13 UEFA Champions League was 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 final was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Though this was just two years after hosting 2011 Final, the competition final returned to Wembley in recognition of 150 years since the formation of the English Football Association, the world’s oldest football association. This is the seventh occasion Wembley Stadium (current and old) has hosted the Champions League final. Bayern Munich, which had finished runner-up last year, won by defeating Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund 2–1 on an 89th minute goal by Arjen Robben. This was Bayern’s 10th final, their first European Cup title in 12 years, and their fifth overall. This was the first all-German final, and the fourth final to feature two teams from the same association, after the finals of 2000, 2003, and 2008. The defending champions Chelsea were eliminated in the group stage, thus becoming the first team to leave the competition as title holders at this stage. They went on to become the first team to win the Champions League at the first year and a UEFA Europa League title in consecutive seasons at the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final.