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

07 December 2017, 10:28 | Joan Schultz

Wembley will host three Euro 2020 group games a last-16 tie the semi-finals and the final

Wembley will host three Euro 2020 group games a last-16 tie the semi-finals and the final

London's Wembley stadium will host seven games at UEFA Euro 2020 after Brussels lost the right to host matches for the tournament, European football governing body UEFA announced on Thursday.

With delays to the construction of a proposed stadium in the Belgian city of Brussels, UEFA has made the decision to move the group-stage matches that were originally set for Belgium to Wembley Stadium, as well as a Round-of-16 matchup.

The 2020 tournament is the first European Championship to be played under a new format with group games spread across several countries and regions.

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

"Experts from (our) administration felt it was a high risk for UEFA to wait".

"We absolutely need a new 45,000-capacity stadium and we hope the competent ministers grant the permit in January so that a stadium fit for the 21st century can finally be built in our country", said federation president Gerard Linard.

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UEFA also picked Rome to stage the opening game of the 24-team competition.

"Missing out on Euro 2020 does not necessarily mean a death blow for our stadium plans", he said.

UEFA also divided host cities into pairs, with each pair sharing matches in a given group.

Baku and Rome will host group A, group B's games will take place in Copenhagen and St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Bucharest get group C, Glasgow and London will share group D, group E will be staged in Bilbao and Dublin, while group F's fixtures will be in Budapest and Munich.

UEFA has previously indicated that qualified nations that are home to one of the 12 host cities would be assigned to that group - meaning Spain and Ireland would be automatically paired up.

A conflict between the first two broke out in 2014 that resulted in Russian Federation annexing Crimea from Ukraine, while the second two fought a war in the early 1990s that never resulted in a peace treaty.

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