Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Trip to Bilbao on the agenda if Ireland reach Euro 2020

Trip to Bilbao on the agenda if Ireland reach Euro 2020

The governing body 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.

Amsterdam and Bucharest will host games played in Group C, with London and Glasgow the venue for Group D fixtures.

The Aviva Stadium will also host one group E match not involving Ireland and a last-16 tie. This is in addition to the semifinals and final, which were already set for Wembley.

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

FA Wales were left "extremely disappointed" with UEFA's announcement after failing in their bid to secure four Euro 2020 matches at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

With a capacity of 52,025, the ground has hosted the UEFA Cup final in 2007 and the Champions League final in 2002 since its redevelopment.

The statement concluded by wishing UEFA and Wembley all the best and saying it would now concentrate all its efforts on ensuring Wales qualify.

UEFA has announced the Stadio Olimpico in Rome will be the venue for the showpiece match for the 60th anniversary championships, which will be played across the continent.

Brussels was one of 13 cities around Europe chosen to host the tournament.

"We are delighted to help Uefa by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium", said Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn.

"This has been a collective and collaborative process and we could not have done it without the support of the Government and the Mayor of London".

The 2020 tournament, which runs from 12 June until 12 July that year, is the first European Championship to be played under a new format with group games spread across several countries.

The FA and Khan added that they would now work on a programme of "community activity" around the month-long tournament, while sports minister Tracey Crouch said it was "great news".

The decision means that Wembley will stage seven games in total - the final, both semi-finals, a last-16 match and three group games - resulting in the biggest festival of worldwide football in the country since Euro 96.

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