London replaces Brussels as Euro 2020 host

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

In other news relating to the pan-European tournament, London will host seven games after UEFA handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley.

Brussels has been dropped from the 13-nation hosting plan because of delays starting to build the Eurostadium project.

Koen De Brabander, chief executive of the Belgian Football Association, said in a statement that they did everything they could to make UEFA hold off.

The Glasgow ground is already guaranteed to have three games from the group stages and one from the round of 16.

Cardiff's Principality Stadium and Stockholm's Friends Arena - the venues for last season's finals of the Champions League and Europa League, respectively - had hoped to pick up Brussels' games.

"We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time and they were not able to provide us with all of the documentation", said Čeferin. They didn't expect a decision until January and they did not know whether that would be yes or no.

"Experts from administration had the opinion it was a high risk for UEFA if we wait". "If the answer had been no, it would have been a problem for us to find a new stadium".

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The 2020 tournament is the first to be played under a new format with group games spread across several countries.

The Olimpico will also host one of the Quarter-Finals.

"The FAW complied with all of the bid requirements and has written to UEFA to request feedback on the decision so that it can understand the reasons behind the vote for future reference".

Venue: Hampden will host four matches but not the opening game.

And if England qualify for the tournament, they will play at least two group-stage games at Wembley, just as Ireland and Scotland will get two home games if they reach the tournament.

Rome and Baku will host Group A, Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen Group B, Amsterdam and Bucharest Group C, London and Glasgow Group D, Bilbao and Dublin Group E, with Munich and Budapest the Group F venues.

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