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London replaces Brussels as Euro 2020 host

London replaces Brussels as Euro 2020 host

However, UEFA opted for Wembley, which has already been chosen as the venue for the semifinals and final.

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.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the decision followed the Eurostadium project's failure to meet the conditions imposed by the UEFA executive committee in September 2017.

The company contracted to build the stadium in the northern suburb of Grimbergen, BTP Ghelamco, said they were able to build the 60,000-capacity Eurostadium in 18 months, but the Flanders region in which it will be situated has yet to issue a building permit.

"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".

The opening game will be held at Stadio Olimpico - home of AS Roma - in Rome on June 12, 2020 and could feature either or both of Italy and Azerbaijan.

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London will host seven games in total - including the final and one semi-final - after Brussels was stripped of its host city status.

Khan said: "It speaks volumes about our great city that London has been awarded an additional four Euro 2020 matches, reinforcing the capital's reputation as the sporting capital of the world".

Each of the 12 host cities have been paired together in six groups of two and it also means a trip to Spain could be on the cards for travelling Irish fans.

UEFA also decided on the seedings and draw procedure for the new UEFA Nations League, which will replace most friendlies over the next couple of years but also offers a potential path to the European Championship.

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


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