Among the latest venues to confirm their commitment to Euro 2020 hosting are Bucharest and Glasgow, according to separate announcements earlier this week. In March, a tough decision was made by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), as the most glorious 24-team European Championship was called-off and will resume after a year due to the threat of global pandemic.
Romania, in a statement has reconfirmed its capital Bucharest remains ready to host matches at next year’s rescheduled tournament. “The Romanian Football Federation submitted to UEFA the last guarantee letter of the 24 necessary to re-affirm the availability to host the UEFA’s European Football Championship,” the sports ministry said.
The matches to be played at Bucharest’s Arena Nationala are Austria v Play-off winner D (A), Ukraine v Play-off winner D (A), Ukraine v Austria, Round of 16: 1F v 3A/B/C. Arena Nationala is a revamped stadium that has 55,634 seats and the largest football stadium in Romania. “Thus, Romania officially re-confirmed its commitment to organising this important sporting event,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Local Organising Committee Glasgow also reconfirms the city’s status in hosting four matches at Hampden Park. “This followed extensive discussions with all relevant stakeholders and partners involved in hosting the tournament in Glasgow since the March 17 postponement decision,” the statement reads.
Matches due to be played in Glasglow venue are Play-off winner C v Czech Republic, Croatia v Czech Republic, Croatia v Play-off winner C, Round of 16: 1E v 3A/B/C/D). Scotland’sHampden Stadium was the biggest stadium in the world when it was opened, with a capacity in excess of 100,000. It has staged the first ever international football game: Scotland 0-0 England, 1872.
These confirmations were announced shortly after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said three of the 12 venues had “issues” in regard to getting ready for the event, which will now be staged in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic but will still be known as Euro 2020. Ceferin did not specify which cities are in danger of being cut.
Previously, the Irish government has reiterated its desire to stage part of the tournament in Dublin. Despite being the worst-hit country – Italy and Spain – in Rome and Bilbao remained committed in hosting the games, ruling out previous reports that they are among the venues to express doubts due to the high personal and financial toll of the coronavirus.
Traditionally, the European Championship is being hosted by one country or with co-hosts, but UEFA opted for a multi-city approach in 2014 to celebrate the tournament’s 60th anniversary.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).