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Trip to Bilbao on the agenda if Ireland reach Euro 2020

Trip to Bilbao on the agenda if Ireland reach Euro 2020

London will host seven games during Euro 2020 after UEFA handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley on Thursday.

But the European football governing body's executive committee decided "unanimously" to strip Brussels of its four matches due to the inability of Belgian organisers to guarantee the new stadium where they would have been held could be built in time.

UEFA also had an interesting note, stating that each qualified host country will play a minimum of two matches at home in the group-stage.

The 2020 tournament is the first European Championship to be played under a new format with group games spread across several countries and regions. They didn't expect a decision until January and they did not know whether that would be a yes or a no. Experts from [our] administration felt it was a high risk for UEFA to wait.

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

Ceferin said that the development of the Eurostadium had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits.

However they said UEFA's decision "does not necessarily signify the end of the stadium project". "If the answer had been no, it would have been a problem for us to find a new stadium".




A refurbished Heysel, called the King Baudouin Stadium, staged matches at Euro 2000, which Belgium co-hosted with the Netherlands.

The other host cities for Euro 2020 are: Baku, Copenhagen, Munich, Budapest, Rome, Amsterdam, Bucharest and Bilbao.

Each of the 12 host cities have been paired together in six groups of two and it also means a trip to Spain could be on the cards for travelling Irish fans.

Here's where the group-stage matches will be played.

'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.

"The concept of Euro 2020 to 13 different countries was devised to allow smaller countries, like Wales, to have a unique opportunity of being involved in staging a major tournament", it said.