By RYAN TOLMICH
The 2020 European Championships are set to be hosted in cities across the continent, with the tournament’s finals and semifinals scheduled to be held at one of the sport’s most famous stadiums.
UEFA announced Friday that the Euro 2020 finals and semifinals will be held in London’s Wembley Arena, which will join a list of 12 other cities in hosting the tournament.
“We are delighted,” said English FA chairman Greg Dyke. “It’s nice to win one! Wembley is a great stadium and we are delighted to be holding the finals of this tournament.
“Wembley has been completely rebuilt since 1996 and is it a wonderful stadium.”
UEFA president Michel Platini, who initially revealed the plans for a continent-wide tournament after Euro 2012, is looking forward to seeing games played across Europe.
“UEFA Euro 2020 will be a historic occasion, with matches of our flagship national team competition taking place in every corner of our continent,” Platini said. “It is truly, therefore, a Euro for Europe, where fans will have the unique opportunity to be part of the UEFA European Football Championship right on their doorstep.”
The 13 cities were selected from 19 applicants. Wales, Sweden, Belarus, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Israel submitted unsuccessful bids.
The 2020 tournament represents the 60th edition of the European Championships. Meanwhile, the 2016 tournament is set to take place in France.
Here is a full list of cities that will host games during Euro 2020:
England/London – semifinals and final
Azerbaijan/Baku – three group games, one quarterfinal
Belgium/Brussels – three group games, one Round of 16 game
Denmark/Copenhagen – three group games, one Round of 16 game
Germany/Munich – three group games, one quarterfinal
Hungary/Budapest – three group games, one Round of 16 game
Italy/Rome – three group games, one quarterfinal
Netherlands/Amsterdam – three group games, one Round of 16 game
Republic of Ireland/Dublin – three group games, one Round of 16 game
Romania/Bucharest – three group games, one Round of 16 game
Russia/Saint Petersburg – three group games, one quarterfinal
Scotland/Glasgow – three group games, one Round of 16 game
Spain/Bilbao – three group games, one Round of 16 game
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