Euro 2020 : Wembley to stage 7 matches after Brussels lose hosting right

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London will host seven games in the tournament after UEFA handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley.

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.

After been selected as one of the host cities in September 2014, it was confirmed that the Aviva Stadium would host two Republic of Ireland games, if qualification was achieved.

The Belgian city has been dropped from the 13-nation hosting plan because of delays in the construction of a new stadium. This is in addition to the semifinals and final, which were already set for Wembley.

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.

Euro 2020 will be the first football championship in a format when group matches are spread among different countries.

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"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".

"This has been a collective and collaborative process and we could not have done it without the support of the Government and the Mayor of London".

It said that Group A would be played in Rome and Baku, Group B in St Petersburg and Copenhagen, Group C in Amsterdam and Bucharest, Group D in London and Glasgow, Group E in Bilbao and Dublin and Group F in Munich and Budapest.

FA chiefs were humiliated when they bid for the 2018 tournament, which was awarded to Russian Federation in same controversial ballot that saw Qatar land the 2022 event.

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