Brussels Loses Right to Host Euro 2020 Soccer Matches to London

Brussels Loses Right to Host Euro 2020 Soccer Matches to London

Brussels Loses Right to Host Euro 2020 Soccer Matches to London

Brussels was ruled out as its Eurostadium project failed to meet the conditions imposed by the UEFA Executive Committee during a meeting on September 20, and the initially planned four matches (three group, one round of 16) to be held there have been allocated to London's Wembley Stadium, meaning the latter will host a total of seven matches apart from tournament's semi-finals and final.

Cardiff and Stockholm - which hosted last year's Champions League and Europa League finals respectively - had hoped to fill the breach but the decision was made to expand Wembley's allocation.

Dublin is among the 12 host cities selected for the new, one-off format and if the magic happens (we're talking Shane Long v Germany or James McClean v Wales type of magic) and we end up qualifying, then Ireland will play two group stage games in the Aviva Stadium.

It was due to stage matches in the group stage and round of 16.

UEFA also announced that Rome's Stadio Olimpico would host the opening match.

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FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: "We are delighted to help UEFA by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium".

UEFA also divided host cities into pairs, with each pair sharing matches in a given group.

The building of a new Brussels stadium for the tournament had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits. The Welsh football association was "extremely disappointed", saying it may have been their only chance ever to host a Euro or World Cup final.

Baku and Rome will host group A, group B's games will take place in Copenhagen and St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Bucharest get group C, Glasgow and London will share group D, group E will be staged in Bilbao and Dublin, while group F's fixtures will be in Budapest and Munich.

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