Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Brussels loses right to host Euro 2020 matches, Wembley gains four games

Brussels loses right to host Euro 2020 matches, Wembley gains four games

The decision means that Wembley will stage seven games in total - the final, both semi-finals, a last-16 match and three group games - resulting in the biggest festival of global football in the country since Euro 96.

UEFA chose to reallocate the three group-stage games and one round-of-16 game originally given to the Belgian capital because of delays in the project to build a new 60,000-capacity Eurostadium on the site of Heysel.

Wembley had originally been selected to host the semi-finals and final of the competition in 2014 and will now host an additional three group games and one last-16 fixture.

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

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"The FAW wishes the FA and Wembley Stadium the very best for UEFA EURO 2020, which is sure to be a fantastic tournament".

The Belgian city has been dropped from the 13-nation hosting plan because of delays in the construction of a new stadium. Wembley Stadium was already set to host the semifinals and finals of the tournament.

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

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.

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Group A games will be played in Rome and Baku, while Group B games will take place in Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen.

Glenn, who has previously pledged that the FA will sink millions into upgrading the national stadium before the tournament, paid tribute to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for his support.

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

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