In 1992 the European Cup was rebranded as the UEFA Champions League. Along with changes to the competitions format, including the introduction of a group stage, UEFA called for a complete design overhaul and commissioned the marketing company, TEAM (Television Event And Media) to carry out the rebrand. It was the process that gave us the distinctive “star ball” logo - and the now iconic Champions League anthem.
Britten used the first few bars of Handel’s rising string phrase, adapting them into a full three minute orchestral composition, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Next came the lyrics, which were sung by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Britten employed a linguist to translate numerous superlatives into English, French and German - the three official languages of UEFA.
Since its introduction the anthem has become synonymous with the competition and is now loved all over the world by fans and players alike.
- Champions League anthem courtesy of UEFA