Football’s coming home…in 2020.
England will finally get another chance to house a final of a major football tournament in 2020 after it was announced that Wembley Stadium would be hosting both semi-finals and the final of the European Championship.
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Uefa president Michel Platini confirmed that Wembley had been awarded the so-called “finals package” after the German FA, their only rivals, said they were more interested in hosting Euro 2024 in its entirety.
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After Turkey pulled out of the running to host the whole tournament, UEFA will move the tournament around 13 European countries as a special one off celebration for the organisations 60th year.
The Aviva Stadium in Ireland and the Stadio Olimpico in Roma have also been selected as venues to hold the quarter-finals, whilst the rest of the games will be sent to Munich, Baku, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Budapest, Brussels and Glasgow.
The rebuilt Wembley, which has hosted the Champions League final twice in recent years, was favoured not only for its history and size but because of the commercial opportunities it provides, though it has courted some controversy as many believe the venues are too heavily based around the UK.
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