Wembley to host 7 matches of UEFA Euro 2020 matches

Wembley to host 7 matches of UEFA Euro 2020 matches

Wembley to host 7 matches of UEFA Euro 2020 matches

Wembley Stadium will stage an extra four matches during Euro 2020 after UEFA announced Brussels will no longer be used as a venue for the tournament.

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.

"We are delighted to help Uefa by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium", said Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn.

Brussels had been one of 13 venues picked to host this unique edition of the European Championship - to celebrate the tournament's 60th anniversary - held across the continent rather than in a single host country.

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Ceferin said that the development of the Eurostadium had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits.

"A huge amount of work has gone into preparation for the tournament and we are making enormous progress in preparing the Aviva Stadium for when it becomes a focus for worldwide attention during this prestigious competition".

Brussels has hoped to construct a new stadium ever since the Heysel stadium disaster, when 39 people died before the start of the 1985 European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool.

The first match of Euro 2020 will be hosted in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico, UEFA has confirmed.

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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 decision is a blow to the Wales FA and Swedish FA, which had lobbied UEFA to take Belgium's place as a group-stage host nation.

UEFA said Russian Federation and Ukraine would be kept apart in the group stage, as would Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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