Brussels Loses Euro 2020 Matches To Wembley

Brussels Loses Euro 2020 Matches To Wembley

Brussels has lost its right to host games at the 2020 European Championships, with Wembley now set to stage four more additional matches for the competition.

Cardiff's Principality Stadium and Stockholm's Friends Arena - the venues for last season's finals of the Champions League and Europa League, respectively - had hoped to pick up Brussels' games. "We absolutely need a new 45,000-seat stadium and we hope that the competent ministers will grant the permit in January so that a stadium for the 21st century can finally be built in our country".

Staged across 12 countries, Euro 2020's unusual format was former Uefa president Michel Platini's brainchild - a one-off gesture to celebrate the tournament's 60th birthday.

In a statement, the Football Association of Wales said it was "extremely disappointed" with the news its bid for four Euro 2020 games had been unsuccessful.

The other host cities for Euro 2020 are: Baku, Copenhagen, Munich, Budapest, Rome, Amsterdam, Bucharest and Bilbao.

A draw was also held to decide which cities would host games from the various groups.

For the 60th anniversary of the tournament, matches will be held across the continent at several different stadiums.

"Due to the Eurostadium project's failure to meet the conditions imposed by the UEFA Executive Committee during its meeting of 20 September 2017, the four matches (three group, one round of 16) initially scheduled to be held in Brussels will now be allocated to London's Wembley Stadium following a vote by the committee", said Ceferin.

Glasgow's Hampden Park and Dublin's Aviva Stadium will host last-16 matches and three group games. Although the prospect of a host nation (s) will be missed, this caveat represents a rare opportunity for fans of countries like Ireland, Scotland, Denmark and, em, Azerbaijan to witness their side play in a "home" tournament.

"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".

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