Brussels Loses Right to Host Euro 2020 Soccer Matches to London

Lynette Rowe
December 8, 2017

Belgium's capital city has been ruled out as a planned new stadium is still to be built and Uefa has not received the necessary guarantees.

Wembley is to be used as a venue for seven Euro 2020 matches in total, after UEFA decided a stadium in Brussels would not be ready in time.

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

The opening game will be held at Stadio Olimpico - home of AS Roma - in Rome on June 12, 2020 and could feature either or both of Italy and Azerbaijan.

It said that Group A would be played in Rome and Baku, Group B in St Petersburg and Copenhagen, Group C in Amsterdam and Bucharest, Group D in London and Glasgow, Group E in Bilbao and Dublin and Group F in Munich and Budapest. The Welsh football association was "extremely disappointed", saying it may have been their only chance ever to host a Euro or World Cup final. The concept of taking Euro 2020 to 13 different countries was devised to allow smaller countries, like Wales, to have a unique opportunity of being involved in staging a major tournament.

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"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".

"This has been a collective and collaborative process and we could not have done it without the support of the Government and the Mayor of London".

Sports minister Tracey Crouch added: "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".

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said that the four matches due to be staged in Brussels would be played at London's Wembley stadium instead, in addition to the two semi-finals and final already scheduled to be played there.

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