Wembley awarded Euro 2020 final

European football’s governing body UEFA has chosen Wembley Stadium as the host for the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020, the Guardian has reported.

The news came on Friday after Germany withdrew its bid to host the closing stages of the tournament, which will be held in 13 different cities across the continent to mark the 60th anniversary of the European Championships. The Allianz Arena was Germany’s chosen stadium, but they will now focus their attempts on the bid to host Euro 2024.

Among the cities chosen by UEFA to host matches were Dublin, at the Aviva Stadium, and Glasgow, at Hampden Park, making it the first time since Euro 96 that a major international football competition has been held in the United Kingdom. Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium was among those that were overlooked.

Reacting to Wembley’s successful bid, FA chairman Greg Dyke said: “Wembley is a great stadium. It’s been completely rebuilt since 1996 and is now a beautiful stadium. Some of the current players will still be around in 2020 and this will be a great ambition for them to take us to Wembley. It is an incentive.”

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