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Wembley to host 7 matches of UEFA Euro 2020 matches

07 December, 2017, 20:55 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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UEFA made a decision 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.

The 2020 tournament is being played in 12 cities across Europe, instead of one or two host nations, as a one-off to celebrate the tournament's 60th anniversary.

Preparation has already turned to Euro 2020 and UEFA have announced that "each qualified host country will play a minimum of two games at home".

Both Wales' Principality Stadium and Sweden's Stockholm Friend's Arena had been hoping to replace Brussels, but UEFA opted against the venues for last season's Champions League and Europa League finals.

It comes after Brussels was removed as a host city for the tournament, which will be staged across 12 different venues for the first time.

Rome's Stadio Olimpico will host the opening game of Euro 2020, Wembley will stage three group matches, a round of 16 game plus the semi-finals and final, while the venue pairings have been confirmed, UEFA said.

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

Now, it has also been handed four group games previously allocated to Belgium's troubled 60,000-capacity Eurostadium project, which has been beset by difficulties.

Koen De Brabander, chief executive of the Belgian football association (KBVB) said he had attempted to get UEFA to hold off but Thursday's decision was not "a death blow for our stadium plans".

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.

Qualification will start after the completion of the World Cup finals next summer. and the draw will take place when it is known which teams have made it through.

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

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