Brussels loses #Euro2020 matches to Wembley

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

Nyon: Wembley Stadium in London will host four Euro 2020 matches originally set to be staged in Brussels, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.

Uefa made a decision 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.

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 had already been given two semi-finals and the final, will now host seven matches at the first multi-city UEFA European Championship.

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.

Cardiff's Principality Stadium and Stockholm's Friends Arena - the venues for last season's finals of the Champions League and Europa League, respectively - had hoped to pick up Brussels' games.

"We received a letter yesterday saying that there will be a final decision on January 31".

"Experts from administration had the opinion it was 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.

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

While the full schedule is still to be confirmed by UEFA, the Stadio Olimpico in Rome will stage the opening game. The concept of taking Euro 2020 to 13 different countries was devised to allow smaller countries, like Wales, to have a unique opportunity of being involved in staging a major tournament.

Matches in Group C are scheduled to be held at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, a venue for the 2018 World Cup, and the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

Bilbao and Dublin have been paired together in Group E and Munich and Budapest will host Group F games.

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.