Euro 2020 to begin in Rome

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Wembley is one of 12 venues hosting Euro 2020 fixtures

Wembley Stadium in London will host four Euro 2020 matches originally set to be staged in Brussels, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.

Due to the Eurostadium project's failure to meet the conditions imposed by the UEFA Executive Committee during its meeting of September 20, the four matches (three group, one round of 16) initially scheduled to be held in Brussels will now be allocated to London's Wembley Stadium following a vote by the committee.

English soccer's national stadium, which was chosen in 2014 to host the final three games, now also has three group stage games and a round of 16 fixture.

The UEFA executive committee did make a number of other decisions, including deciding which groups for Euro 2020 would be located in which cities, as well as deciding that the Stadio Olympico in Rome, Italy will host the first match.

"We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time and they were not able to provide us with all the documentation. Today we don't know if they can build a stadium or not", he told reporters at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

Ceferin said that the development of the Eurostadium had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits.

UEFA also picked Rome to stage the opening game of the 24-team competition. "If the answer had been no, it would have been a problem for us to find a new stadium".

UEFA has previously indicated that qualified nations that are home to one of the 12 host cities would be assigned to that group - meaning Spain and Ireland would be automatically paired up.

"The concept of Euro 2020 to 13 different countries was devised to allow smaller countries, like Wales, to have a unique opportunity of being involved in staging a major tournament", it said.

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