Trip to Bilbao on the agenda if Ireland reach Euro 2020

Tricia Pearson
December 8, 2017

London will host seven games in the tournament after UEFA handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley.

Koen De Brabander, chief executive of the Belgian football association (KBVB) said he had attempted to get UEFA to hold off but Thursday's decision was not "a death blow for our stadium plans".

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tournament, Euro 2020 is to be played in 12 cities across Europe, with cities divided into pairs and each pair sharing matches in a particular group.

The four games were instead awarded to England's national stadium, Wembley. It was due to stage matches in the group stage and round of 16.

The British Isles will host a total of 15 of the 51 matches at Euro 2020, with Hampden Park in Glasgow and Dublin's Aviva Stadium each set to stage three group matches and a last-16 tie.

Cardiff and Stockholm had also been in contention to host the extra games.

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However, UEFA opted for Wembley, which has already been chosen as the venue for the semi-finals and final.

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

"The concept of 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", it said.

Group A games will be played in Rome and Baku, while Group B games will take place in Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen. Wales has never staged a Euro or World Cup final and this was its one and only chance of doing so.

Ceferin said the decision followed the Eurostadium project's failure to meet the conditions imposed by the UEFA executive committee in September 2017.

Should they qualify, the Republic of Ireland will be in Group E of the tournament.

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