Irish bid to host Euro 2020 matches

Published Friday, 25 April 2014
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The Republic of Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland have all made bids to host matches in Euro 2020.

Irish bid to host Euro 2020 matches
The home nations have submitted Euro 2020 bids. (© Getty)

The competition in six years' time will be held in 13 cities across Europe for the first time ever, as part of celebrations to mark its 60th anniversary.

The Football Association of Ireland has submitted a bid for Dublin to host group matches, while Wales has put forward Cardiff and Scotland has suggested Hampden Park in Glasgow.

England meanwhile has made what Football Association chiefs believe to be a strong bid for Wembley to host the final, on the back of the success of the 2011 and 2013 Champions League.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "With our recent experience of hosting two UEFA Champions League finals in the last four years we believe that Wembley Stadium and London represent a strong bid for UEFA to consider to mark the tournament's 60th anniversary.

"We recognise UEFA is considering many strong bids from a number of candidate cities and we welcome the opportunity to put forward our bid."

It is believed there could be up to 30 bids for either a package of three group games and a knock-out match, or the package of final matches for the Euro 2020.

The Turkish bid had been the favourite to win the right to stage the climax of the tournament - the semi-finals and finals - in Istanbul, however they have now pulled out of the bidding in order to concentrate on trying to host the whole of Euro 2024.

UEFA will announce the host cities at a ceremony in Geneva on 19 September.

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Ronniebhoy in Derry wrote (276 days ago):
What a shame that N.Ireland doesn't have a decent football stadium capable of hosting big European matches. Dublin, Glasgow, & London all have football stadiums that have hosted european cup finals & will continue to where as Belfast is left behind by the IFA
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