London will host seven games during Euro 2020 after Uefa handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley on Thursday.
Uefa decided to reallocate the three group-stage games and one last-16 game originally given to the Belgian capital because of delays in the project to build a new 60,000-capacity Eurostadium on the site of Heysel.
There had been hopes at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Stockholm’s Friends Arena – the venues for last season’s finals of the Champions League and Europa League, respectively – of picking up the Brussels games. But Uefa opted for Wembley, which has already been chosen as the venue for the semi-finals and final.
Hopes at Glasgow’s Hampden Park of staging the tournament’s opening game were dashed, with the honour going to Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
Staged across 12 countries, Euro 2020’s unusual format was the former Uefa president Michel Platini’s brainchild – a one-off gesture to celebrate the tournament’s 60th birthday.
As well as deciding where the first game, on 12 June, will be and what to do about the difficulties in Brussels, the executive committee also announced where each of the six groups’ games will be played.
Baku and Rome will host group A, group B games will take place in Copenhagen and St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Bucharest get group C, Glasgow and London will share group D, group E will be staged in Bilbao and Dublin, while group F’s fixtures will be in Budapest and Munich.
In a statement, the Football Association of Wales said it was “extremely disappointed” with the news its bid for four Euro 2020 games had been unsuccessful.
“Over the past four years, Wales has successfully staged three Uefa events – firstly, the Super Cup final in 2014, followed by the men’s and women’s Champions League finals in June this year,” it said.
“Uefa ranked the Champions League final as one of their best events and praised the way in which the Cardiff 2017 local organising committee delivered the showpiece. The concept of taking 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. Wales has never staged a Euro or World Cup final and this was its one and only chance of doing so.