Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium in London will stage the final and both semi-finals of football’s Euro 2020 tournament.

Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium

UEFA’s executive committee in Geneva Friday also chose Baku in Azerbaijan, Munich, St Petersburg and Rome to stage quarter-final matches and three group matches.

Last-16 knockout games and three group matches went to Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Brussels and Glasgow.

London won a unanimous vote for the final and semi-finals after Munich – the only venue also bidding for the final/semi-final package – was withdrawn before the vote by the German football federation DFB.

Germany is planning to bid for Euro 2024 and has sought an understanding with the English Football Association that it would not also bid for that tournament.

“We are continuing to pursue out goal of hosting the whole of the Euro 2024 tournament,” DFB secretary general Helmut Sandrock said.

“We always said that Wembley Stadium is a perfect venue for the final games of a pan-European tournament. We therefore congratulate our colleagues from the Football Association and look forward to three matches at Wembley.”

European football’s organizing body had received 19 bids to stage matches for a tournament to be staged in 13 cities around Europe.

Belarus (Minsk), Bulgaria (Sofia), Macedonia (Skopje), Israel (Jerusalem), Sweden (Stockholm) and Wales (Cardiff) were unsuccessful with their bids.

The one-off “Euro for Europe” tournament will coincide with the 60th anniversary edition of the European Championships.

England’s FA chairman Greg Dyke said: “This bidding process was open to more than 50 UEFA countries so for Wembley to be ultimately recognised in this way is testament to a lot of hard work behind the scenes.

“Having seen the impact that a home Olympic Games had on young sportsmen and women in our country, I hope that UEFA Euro 2020 serves as a similar incentive for our most promising players to realise their full potential over the next six years.”

Denmark was also overjoyed in Copenhagen’s success in being picked as one of the 13 venues, but there was dismay in Sweden that Stockholm missed out.

“This is fantastic for Danish football, for Copenhagen and football in Denmark at large,” Jan Moller, president of the Danish Football Association (DBU) said.

Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen said he was “proud over the selection of Copenhagen as one of the host cities for the Euro 2020.”

“It is the first time ever that Denmark is among the hosts for Euro finals and I am looking forward to inviting Danes and the whole world welcome to a football party in Copenhagen,” he added.

Swedish Football Association president Karl Erik Nilsson said: “We in the Swedish delegation are deeply disappointed. We had received a lot of praise along the way and it is clear that the (UEFA) executive committee has taken political considerations in favour of others and opted not to select Sweden.”

The Scottish FA said it was “delighted” Glasgow’s Hampden Park would be used to stage matches at the tournament.

“I believe Glasgow and Hampden Park will throw a fitting birthday party for the European Championships and I know the whole country will make it an occasion to remember,” Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan said.

He added: “It would be great if Scotland can qualify for Euro 2020, playing in front of a full house at Hampden Park with a successful national team represented by graduates from our Performance Schools.”

GNA

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