All you need to know about the 12 venues of Euro 2020 (part 3)

In 2014, UEFA have allocated fixtures in 13 cities across Europe. However, Brussels later withdrawn their staging participation when a stadium construction lacked support from local authorities. The four games in Brussels were allocated to Wembley Stadium in London. Held every four years, Euro is considered the most popular football tournament next to the World Cup in terms of international prestige.

The matches of the 2020 Euro Cup were initially scheduled to be held at stadiums in 12 different cities across Europe, namely in London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), Baku (Azerbaijan), St. Petersburg (Russia), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Glasgow (Scotland) and Copenhagen (Denmark).

Wembley Stadium, London (England)

Matches to be played in this arena: England v Croatia England v Play-off winner C ; Czech Republic v England; Round of 16: 1A v 2C; Semi-final: W46 v W45; Semi-final: W48 v W47; Final: W49 v W50. The UK’s largest stadium and home to the English Football Association, Wembley Stadium is the centrepiece of the Euro 2020 finals where vital matches will be held in this stadium

The old ‘Empire Stadium’ officially opened in 1924 and has welcomed over 21 million visitors since reopening in 2007. Wembley Stadium is owned by the governing body of English football, the Football Association (the FA) and the former temporary home of Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur between August 2017 and March 2019.

Allianz Arena, Munich (Germany)

Matches to be staged in this arena are: France v Germany; Portugal v Germany ; Germany v Play-off winner A (D); Quarter-final: W39 v W37. Home of Bundesliga giants Bayern München, the Football Arena Munich was completed in April 2005 in time to stage games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It can accommodate 75,000 spectators for international games.

The large financial services provider Allianz purchased the naming rights to the stadium for 30 years. This stadium is widely known for its exterior of inflated ETFE plastic panels, the first stadium in the world to have a full colour changing exterior. It hosted the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where it was referred to as FIFA WM-Stadion München due to naming regulations, and the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final.

Stadio OlimpicoRome (Italy)

Matches to be staged in this arena are: Turkey v Italy; Italy v Switzerland; Italy v Wales; Quarter-final: W43 v W4. Shared by Roma and Lazio, the Stadio Olimpico in Rome has undergone several renovations since officially opening in 1953. It has staged four European Cup finals, the 1960 Olympics and the finals of EURO 1968 and the 1990 World Cup, as well as various Italy matches.

Currently the main and largest sports facility of Rome, this stadium hosted the 1980 final of the European Championship where the expansion to eight-nation team tournament was introduced. It was the first edition of Euro with group stage, the last that features a third-place play-off and also for the first time, the hosting nation has automatic qualification for the finals.

Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Matches to be staged in this arena are: Belgium v Russia; Finland v Russia; Finland v Belgium; Quarter final: W41 v W42. Home to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg since April 2017, Saint Petersburg Stadium held seven fixtures at the 2018 World Cup. The stadium was built on the location where the former Kirov Stadium used to stand before it was demolished.

The venue was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, whose vision was for a spaceship that had landed on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. It is also is a retractable roof stadium with a retractable pitch in the western portion of Krestovsky Island. It was the most attended match during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Final, setting the record attendance for the stadium.