Brussels out - UEFA switch EURO 2020 games to London

Posted December 08, 2017

UEFA has confirmed that all Group D games of the 2020 European Football Championship will be played in London and Glasgow, meaning that Wembley Stadium was given an additional four matches besides the semifinals and final.

Cardiff and Stockholm had also been in contention to host the extra games.

Wembley, which has hosted the Champions League final twice in the last seven years, was already set to stage the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020, which were assigned in 2014.

Speaking at a press conference in Nyon, which was broadcast on its website, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the decision to take the games from Brussels was unanimous after the Belgian authorities failed to provide guarantees the new stadium would be ready.

UEFA selected Rome's Stadio Olimpico to be the venue for the opening game of the 24-team tournament, despite interest from Glasgow's Hampden Park.

Up to 90,000 supporters will be able to watch each Euro 2020 match at the national stadium
Up to 90,000 supporters will be able to watch each Euro 2020 match at the national stadium

Group A games will be played in Rome and Baku, while Group B games will take place in Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen. It was due to stage matches in the group stage and round of 16.

Glenn also thanked the Government and Mayor of London for their help in securing the games, which will be staged in a post-Brexit Britain.

The Football Association of Wales last night declared itself "extremely disappointed" with the decision, declaring Euro 2020 its "one and only chance" of staging a major tournament.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: "With matches being played across Europe, for the 60th anniversary of the competition, it will be a very special tournament and I know that we will give fans a warm welcome when they visit England's iconic national stadium".

Should they qualify, the Republic of Ireland will be in Group E of the tournament.

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