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

Up to 90,000 supporters will be able to watch each Euro 2020 match at the national stadium

Up to 90,000 supporters will be able to watch each Euro 2020 match at the national stadium

The Eurostadium in Brussels was due to host four group matches and one Last 16 game, but it won't be ready in time so those matches have been reassigned to Wembley Stadium in London.

Uefa chose to reallocate the three group-stage games and one last-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.

In a statement, FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: "We are delighted to help Uefa by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium".

The first match of Euro 2020 will be hosted in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico, UEFA has confirmed. 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.

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.

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Wembley Stadium was chosen in 2014 to host the semifinals and final. "Today we don't know if they can build a stadium or not", he told reporters at UEFA headquarters in Nyon. They didn't expect a decision until January and they did not know whether that would be a yes or a no. Experts from [our] administration felt it was a high risk for UEFA to wait.

The British Isles will host a total of 15 of the 51 matches at Euro 2020, with Hampden Park in Glasgow and Dublin's Aviva Stadium each set to stage three group matches and a last-16 tie.

Provided England qualify for the competition, which is being expanded from 16 teams to 24, they will play at least two of their group-stage fixtures at Wembley.

"Uefa ranked the Champions League final as one of their best events and praised the way in which the Cardiff 2017 local organising committee delivered the showpiece".

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