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Wembley to host Euro 2020 final

2014-09-19 14:00
Wembley Stadium (file)
Geneva - UEFA has announced that London's Wembley stadium will host both the semi-finals and final of the Euro 2020 tournament.

The 90 000-seat stadium, which staged the Champions League finals in 2011 and 2013, beat off a rival bid from Munich for the final three matches of the tournament.

The quarter-finals will meanwhile be hosted by Munich (Germany), Baku (Azerbaijan), Saint Petersburg (Russia) and Rome (Italy), the president of European football's governing body revealed at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nineteen cities were bidding to stage matches during the tournament after UEFA's decision to spread the championship around 13 cities across the continent, as against previous versions staged in one or two countries.

England has only hosted one major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, the Euro 96 tournament, and suffered the disappointment of failed bids for the 2006 World Cup, losing out to Germany, and the 2018 World Cup to be hosted by Russia.

"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," England's FA chairperson Greg Dyke said.

A list of venues for the Euro 2020 championship:

Semi-finals and final

Venue: Wembley Stadium (London)

Three group stage games and one quarter-final

Venue: Baku Olympic Stadium (Baku)

Venue: Allianz Arena (Munich)

Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome)

Venue: Zenit Arena (St Petersburg)

Three group stage games and one round-of-16 match

Venue: Eurostadium (Brussels)

Venue: Parken Stadium (Copenhagen)

Venue: Ferenc Puskas Stadium (Budapest)

Venue: Aviva Stadium (Dublin)

Venue: Amsterdam Arena (Amsterdam)

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