Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Wembley to host seven European Championship games in 2020

Wembley to host seven European Championship games in 2020

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.

Meanwhile, London will host seven games during the multi-city tournament after UEFA handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley today.

"I look forward to welcoming our friends from Bilbao to Dublin where we can build a strong partnership working together to ensure the very best organisational and sporting structures are in place for the summer of 2020".

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Four matches in total will be played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin - three group games and one round of 16 tie - and Ireland will be guaranteed two group games at home if they reach that stage.

Cardiff and Stockholm - which hosted last year's Champions League and Europa League finals respectively - had hoped to fill the breach but the decision was made to expand Wembley's allocation. This is in addition to the semifinals and final, which were already set for Wembley.

Here's where the group-stage matches will be played.

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The boost to England's credentials as a host of major tournament football comes after it emerged this week that chairman Greg Clarke has begun laying the groundwork for a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup.

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".

The UEFA executive committee did make a number of other decisions, including deciding which groups for Euro 2020 would be located in which cities, as well as deciding that the Stadio Olympico in Rome, Italy will host the first match.

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"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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