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

Preparation has already turned to Euro 2020 and UEFA have announced that "each qualified host country will play a minimum of two games at home".

Brussels has lost the right to be a host for the tournament because of delays in the construction of the 60,000-capacity Eurostadium project on the site of Heysel.

Should the Republic of Ireland qualify for Euro 2020, they will play one of their group games in Bilbao.

The four games were instead awarded to England's national stadium, Wembley.

UEFA chose 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.

Dublin is among the 12 host cities selected for the new, one-off format and if the magic happens (we're talking Shane Long v Germany or James McClean v Wales type of magic) and we end up qualifying, then Ireland will play two group stage games in the Aviva Stadium.

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Both Wales' Principality Stadium and Sweden's Stockholm Friend's Arena had been hoping to replace Brussels, but UEFA opted against the venues for last season's Champions League and Europa League finals.

UEFA also picked Rome to stage the opening game of the 24-team competition. The Welsh football association was "extremely disappointed", saying it may have been their only chance ever to host a Euro or World Cup final.

"The FAW complied with all of the bid requirements and has written to UEFA to request feedback on the decision so that it can understand the reasons behind the vote for future reference".

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

In Nyon, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the decision of UEFA's executive committee had been unanimous.

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