Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Trip to Bilbao on the agenda if Ireland reach Euro 2020

Trip to Bilbao on the agenda if Ireland reach Euro 2020

With delays to the construction of a proposed stadium in the Belgian city of Brussels, UEFA has made the decision to move the group-stage matches that were originally set for Belgium to Wembley Stadium, as well as a Round-of-16 matchup.

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.

It's an honour to be one of the 12 nations that will play a part in this prestigious "EURO for Europe" tournament and I would like to thank the UEFA Executive Committee for giving us the opportunity to stage these games.

The venue for the opening match will be the Stadio Olimpico, in Rome.

The 2020 tournament is the first to be played under a new format with group games spread across several countries.

Khan said: "It speaks volumes about our great city that London has been awarded an additional four Euro 2020 matches, reinforcing the capital's reputation as the sporting capital of the world".

Rome and Baku will host Group A, Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen Group B, Amsterdam and Bucharest Group C, London and Glasgow Group D, Bilbao and Dublin Group E, with Munich and Budapest the Group F venues.

UEFA said Russian Federation and Ukraine would be kept apart in the group stage, as would Armenia and Azerbaijan.

With a capacity of 52,025, the ground has hosted the UEFA Cup final in 2007 and the Champions League final in 2002 since its redevelopment. "Today we don't know if they can build a stadium or not", Ceferin told reporters.

Brussels had been one of 13 venues picked to host this unique edition of the European Championship - to celebrate the tournament's 60th anniversary - held across the continent rather than in a single host country.

Glenn, who has previously pledged that the FA will sink millions into upgrading the national stadium before the tournament, paid tribute to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for his support.

In Nyon, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the decision of UEFA's executive committee had been unanimous.

Well if and WHEN we qualify for the next major tournament, it looks as though the green faithful won't have to travel to far in order to see the Boys in Green play.

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