Brussels loses right to host Euro 2020 matches, Wembley gains four games

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

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.

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.

Rome's Stadio Olimpico will host the opening game of UEFA Euro 2020 and six host city pairings have been confirmed, the UEFA announced on its website after the Executive Committee made several decisions in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday.

It was due to stage matches in the group stage and round of 16.

The Football Association of Wales said it was "extremely disappointed" with the news its bid for four Euro 2020 games had been unsuccessful.

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The building of a new Brussels stadium for the tournament had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits.

Euro 2020 will be the first football championship in a format when group matches are spread among different countries.

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.

Well if and WHEN we qualify for the next major tournament, it looks as though the green faithful won't have to travel to far in order to see the Boys in Green play.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: "With matches being played across Europe, for the 60th anniversary of the competition, it will be a very special tournament and I know that we will give fans a warm welcome when they visit England's iconic national stadium".

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