Brussels Loses Euro 2020 Matches To Wembley

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Wembley is one of 12 venues hosting Euro 2020 fixtures

England has been handed an even more prominent role in hosting the 2020 European Championship after a further four matches were allocated to Wembley Stadium.

Brussels has lost the right to be a host for the tournament because of delays in the construction of the 60,000-capacity Eurostadium project on the site of Heysel.

But the Executive Committee has instead awarded the four matches planned for Brussels - three group games and a last-16 encounter - to London.

Wembley, which has hosted the Champions League final twice in the last seven years, was already set to stage the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020, which were assigned in 2014.

Wembley was preferred to Cardiff and Stockholm, which were both among the original 19 candidate cities for the tournament and had also been named by UEFA as possible replacements for Brussels.

"We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time, they were not able to provide us with all the documentation".

"We received a letter yesterday saying 31st of January that there will be a final decision (on stadium build)".

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"It's a high risk for UEFA if we wait".

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.

While the full schedule is still to be confirmed by UEFA, the Stadio Olimpico in Rome will stage the opening game.

"The FAW complied with all of the bid requirements and has written to Uefa to request feedback on the decision so that it can understand the reasons behind the vote for future reference".

"It's an honour to be one of the 12 nations that will play a part in this prestigious "EURO for Europe" tournament and I would like to thank the Uefa executive committee for giving us the opportunity to stage these games".

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.

Each qualified host country will play a minimum of two games at home.

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