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UEFA president Michel Platini had confirmed that the final three games of the European Championships Euro 2020 will be held on Wembley Stadium. The total competition will span an unprecedented 13 countries from Europe. Wembley is a famous English Stadium. It is known across the world due to its striking architecture and heritage. Wembley Stadium had been selected to host both semi-finals and the final of the event- Euro 2020.
Previously Germany’s Allianz Arena was quite probable destination for the final events. But as it has been withdrawn from the bidding, Wembley won the right to host the tournament’s showpiece matches.
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Full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020:
The full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020 is shown in the table below, per BBC Sport
|Final and semi-final hosts|
|Quarter-final hosts (in addition to 3 group games)|
In addition to 3 group games Last-16 Euro 2020 host cities:
A group of cities was going to be disappointed after the announcement. Among those to miss out were Sofia, Minsk, Skopje, Cardiff, Jerusalem and Stockholm.
Wales’ failure was arguably the greatest shock of the process of selecting Stadiums for Euro 2020.
European football fans have grown accustomed to watching showpiece matches in England, especially at England’s national stadium (Wembley Stadium). Wembley Stadium had successfully hosted both the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals. Notably, the famous 90,000 seater stadium also hosts all FA Cup, play-off and League Cup finals there.
England last hosted the European Championships in 1996. In that very competition Germany triumphed on the old Wembley’s hallowed turf. The last international final saw Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 in the gold-medal match at the 2012 London Olympics.
England look set to benefit from this decision. Obviously the country wouldn’t be hosting Euro 2020 matches without Platini’s plans. And the tournament atmosphere may be difficult to develop across the breadth of the continent.
Is Wembley Stadium the Right Choice to stage Euro 2020 Final?
Infrastructure within the country remains primed for international events. Both the football stadia and travel routes worked excellently during the London Olympic. For both the 2006 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, England were among the favorites to win the hosting rights. But, we already know that they have failed to land either of the events.
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The Chairman of the Football Association, Grey Dyke confirmed that England will bid for the World Cup once more. He also admits (per Lipton’s report) that it will be difficult to do so while Sepp Blatter remains in charge of FIFA.
“We will bid again for the World Cup at some stage. It is quite hard to see England organizing and winning a World Cup bid at the moment, while Sepp Blatter is the president of FIFA”
He expects that the next time, World Cup decision will be taken each countries voting instead of just the executive panel of FIFA.
Blatter’s willingness to run for his fifth consecutive FIFA presidency ensures England’s hopes of hosting the global competition may be some way off. Hopefully, the Euro 2020 final landing will aid the nation’s hopes again.
Michel Platini‘s grandiose previously planned to deliver a truly continental European competition. But it still remains controversial. ‘Move the tournament away from one host’ decision was taken by the UEFA president, which actually added eight teams to bulk the competition up to 24 nations.
The decision was previously described as ‘television-shaped and politically-driven’ – Henry Winter of The Telegraph.
Euro 2020 Final – Wembley Stadium:
Wembley Stadium is an association football stadium in Wembley Park, London, England. The Stadium was opened in 2007, which was actually built on the site of the earlier Wembley Stadium. The previous famous architecture was demolished in 2003. With around 90,000 seats, the Stadium is considered as the second largest Stadium in Europe.
It was believed that Football has the ability to turn any host nation into an all-encompassing, welcoming party for travelling fans. Probably this is the greatest achievement of football. But now a time with such decision, it definitely become difficult. For now, the month’s play will need to cross a lot more borders.
Even the supporters will face another difficulty. They will need to judge where their countries will be competing. May be we can conclude that the Euro 2020 main event is going to lose its total crowd possibility.
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Undoubtedly Wembley Stadium will provide an excellent backdrop for the latter stages of the Euro 2020 tournament. The impressive stadium creates a rapturous atmosphere at its best. Hopefully the host city will allow stars to shine, which is already arguably the most historic footballing stage of them all.
Being positive, we can expect UEFA’s decision as very important to bring the Euro 2020 final to the unparalleled footballing ground, Wembley Stadium, England.
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