Brussels loses Euro 2020 matches to Wembley

Ross Houston
December 7, 2017

Wembley Stadium will stage an extra four matches during Euro 2020 after UEFA announced Brussels will no longer be used as a venue for the tournament.

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.

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

It's an honour to be one of the 12 nations that will play a part in this prestigious "EURO for Europe" tournament and I would like to thank the UEFA Executive Committee for giving us the opportunity to stage these games.


"We absolutely need a new 45,000-capacity stadium and we hope the competent ministers grant the permit in January so that a stadium fit for the 21st century can finally be built in our country", said federation president Gerard Linard.

Koen De Brabander, chief executive of the Belgian Football Association, said in a statement that they did everything they could to make UEFA hold off.

However they said UEFA's decision "does not necessarily signify the end of the stadium project".

UEFA are marking the 60th anniversary of the tournament by hosting it in a shitload of cities hence why matches at the Aviva could be on the cards.


UEFA said Russian Federation and Ukraine would be kept apart in the group stage, as would Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Host countries are guaranteed at least two home group stage matches if they qualify, meaning England and Scotland would be in the same group if they both reach the finals.

'UEFA ranked the Champions League final as one of their best events and praised the way in which the Cardiff 2017 local organising committee delivered the showpiece.


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