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Full Details on Selected Host Cities to Stage Euro 2020; Final-Wembley Stadium

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 But as it has been withdrawn from the bidding, Wembley won the right to host the tournament’s showpiece matches.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

 

City Country
Final and semi-final hosts
London England
Quarter-final hosts (in addition to 3 group games)
Munich Germany
Baku Azerbaijan
St Petersburg Russia
Rome Italy

 

In addition to 3 group games Last-16 Euro 2020 host cities:

Dublin Ireland
Brussels Belgium
Glasgow Scotland
Copenhagen Denmark
Bilbao Spain
Budapest Hungary
Bucharest Romania
Amsterdam Netherlands

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.

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chairman of The Football Association – Greg Dyke ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

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.

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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.

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president of the Union of European Football Associations – Michel Platini ; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

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.

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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.

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Wembley Stadium ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

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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UEFA European Championship Winners List

The final in Paris 2016 did not provide the happy ending for the host country. May be Euro 2016 was a tournament that had the odd highlights and big moments. Portugal’s win over France was mediocre for long periods, but rarely sprinkled with the stardust to elevate it above the ordinary. As a matter of fact, it can be concluded that this European Championship will not be remembered with huge affection by many countries other than winners Portugal and perhaps Wales and Iceland.

Held under the UEFA banner, European Championship takes place every four years. Undoubtedly this is the second biggest international event not only in Football but sports in general. FIFA World Cup is the only other event with more viewership, marketability and prize money.

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European Championship cup | Wikipedia/Piotr Drabik

European Championship winners list:

Started in 1960, only 4 teams would play in the competition. Those past editions were marred by some of the big nations withdrawing from different events. In 1980, the tournament was expanded to 8 teams with two groups each containing 4. Group winners would directly qualify for final. In 1996 England hosted the first 16 team European Championship tournament.  And finally this time, the last 2016 Euros in France was the biggest in history with 24 teams playing in main draw.

Out of the 14 editions so far taken place since 1960, 9 different countries has won the Euros. Spain and Germany are the most successful winners with 3 titles each. Apart from Germany and Spain only France has won the competition more than once. Again we can count Germany as the most successful team in European Championship as they had already appeared in six finals (3 wins and 3 runners-up).

Here we take a look at the European Championship winners list so far.

Year Winners Runners-Up Hosts
1960 Soviet Union (USSR) Yugoslavia France
1964 Spain Soviet Union (USSR) Spain
1968 Italy Yugoslavia Italy
1972 West Germany Soviet Union (USSR) Belgium
1976 Czechoslovakia West Germany Yugoslavia
1980 West Germany Belgium Italy
1984 France Spain France
1988 Netherlands Soviet Union (USSR) West Germany
1992 Denmark Germany Sweden
1996 Germany Czech Republic England
2000 France Italy Belgium & Holland
2004 Greece Portugal Portugal
2008 Spain Germany Austria & Switzerland
2012 Spain Italy Poland & Ukraine
2016 Portugal France France

 

At the beginning time the cup was called the European nations cup. The first final went into extra time after a 1-1 draw between the Soviet Union and their opponents, Yugoslavia. At the second half, Viktor Ponedelnik found the net with a header and won the first event at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Again they got to defend their title four years later, reaching the finals of the tournament. This time they had to loose against the host nation, Spain.

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One more time, the host nations qualified for the final. Italy was to battle it out with Yugoslavia in the 1968 European Football Championship final. Italy won their first title after the final went for a rematch and ended 2-0 in their favor. The performance of the Soviet Union team was still outstanding as they made it to the finals for the third time in 1972. West Germany won the match 3-0.

West Germany also got the chance to defend their title in 1976. They forced the match against Czechoslovakia into extra time and finally the winner was to be determined through a penalty shoot-out. Czechoslovakia won the shoot-out 5-3. But West Germany was at the finals for a third consecutive time in 1980. And they were crowned the European Champions for the second time.

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European championship opening | Wikimedia/Joaocastro

The 1984 European Football Championship final was a match between Spain and the host nation France. Michel Platini achieve a nine-goal record in the tournament and France outscored Spain 2-0 to win their first win. The most memorable moment of the match is the spectacular second goal by Marco van Basten in 1988. Netherlands were playing in the final for the first time.

In 1992, Germany had been unified and they got into the finals once again. This time their opponents were the newcomers Denmark. The Danes took the lead in the first half through a shot by John Jehsen to seal a 2-0 win. The 1996 final also went into extra time after Germany and the Czech Republic still tied 1-1 at the 90th minute. The European Football Championship saw golden goal first time in history.

France met Italy in the 2000 final. They came into the competition having won the World Cup two years earlier. The final was determined by a golden goal 13 minutes later after David Trezeguet pushed France to win the match. In 2004, Greece made it to the final of the tournament for the first time and won against the host nation Portugal.

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Germany faced Spain in the 2008 final held in Vienna, Austria. Spain was in great form as they won the tournament unbeaten. Again the World Champions, Spain, came to defend their title in Ukraine 2012 and won. This made Spain the only team that has defended the European Championship title so far.

Here we build another list of most European Championship wins by country.

COUNTRY Winner Runners-Up
Germany 3 3
Spain 3 1
France 2 0
Soviet Union 1 1
Italy 1 2
Czech Republic 1 1
England 1 0
Denmark 1 0
Greece 1 0
Yugoslavia 0 2
Belgium 0 1
Portugal 1

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