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The stadiums that missed out on Euro 2020

The stadiums that missed out on Euro 2020

Euro 2020 is almost upon us, but this edition of Europe's national football competition comes with a bit of a twist. Instead of being hosted in one location, next year's tournament will come from 12 different stadiums in 12 different countries from around the continent.

The change is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tournament which first took place in France (incidentally, Soviet Union were the first winners - a handy quiz question to know the answer to). The tournament will also expand from 16 teams to 24, meaning a total of 51 matches to enjoy between June 12 and July 12, 2020.

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Which stadiums will be used for Euro 2020?

12 stadiums will be used in total:

Which stadiums missed out on Euro 2020?

UEFA initially received applications from 19 stadiums, with the list eventually being cut down to 12. Originally, a new Eurostadium in Brussels would have been a 13th stadium, but delays in its construction meant that its 3 games have been moved to London's Wembley Stadium instead.

The new Eurostadium was the planned new home of Anderlecht and the Belgian national team. The 62,000 capacity stadium was originally announced in 2015 and due to open in June 2019 in Grimbergen just north of the capital, Brussels. However, delays in planning and funding led to Anderlecht pulling out of the project and the stadium being cancelled in January 2018.

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Other stadiums which were unsuccessful include:

Most of the ground's which missed out on hosting Euro 2020 are towards the east of the continent in "developing" nations, the only one which was accepted in this area is the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, which also hosted last season's Europa League Final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

One rather surprising stadium to fail to make the cut was the Principality Stadium in Wales (still known by some as the Millennium Stadium). This ground was overlooked by UEFA, with Wembley, Hampden Park and Ireland's Aviva Stadium getting the nod instead. It's a seemingly strange decision on paper - Hampden and the Aviva hold just over 50,000 compared to the Millennium Stadium's capacity of almost 75,000.

The new kid on the block this year is the recently opened Ferenc Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary. This 67,000 capacity stadium will host 3 games from the "group of death", featuring Portugal, France, Germany and one other team from the play-offs.



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