Wembley Stadium to host more games in Euro 2020

Up to 90,000 supporters will be able to watch each Euro 2020 match at the national stadium

Up to 90,000 supporters will be able to watch each Euro 2020 match at the national stadium

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 global football in the country since Euro 96.

"Today's host city pairings marks an exciting chapter in the build-up to the European Championships, which will see Dublin and Ireland hosting the biggest ever sporting event to take place in our country", said FAI CEO John Delaney.

Belgium's capital city was due to have three group fixtures and one last-16 tie, but delays over a new stadium forced UEFA's executive committee to make changes to the schedule.

Despite being in the running as alternative options, Cardiff's Principality Stadium and Stockholm's Friends Arena missed out on the chance to replace Brussels.

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Qualified host nations are guaranteed two games at home.

While the decision has come as a blow to the Welsh, and Belgians, it is a major coup for the Football Association, London and Wembley Stadium, which hosted several games in the 1996 tournament. This is in addition to the semifinals and final, which were already set for Wembley.

It said that Group A would be played in Rome and Baku, Group B in St Petersburg and Copenhagen, Group C in Amsterdam and Bucharest, Group D in London and Glasgow, Group E in Bilbao and Dublin and Group F in Munich and Budapest.

Glasgow's Hampden Park had been hoping to stage the tournament's opening game but that honour has gone to Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

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Should the Republic of Ireland qualify for Euro 2020, they will play one of their group games in Bilbao.

Glenn also thanked the government and mayor of London for their help in securing the games, which will be staged in a post-Brexit Britain.

But the exclusion of Brussels means the 90,000-seater venue will also get group games and a match in the first knockout round.

Wembley will now host seven matches, including the two semi-finals and the final on July 12, 2020.

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