In 2012, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)announced the tournament would be held in multiple cities across Europe, for the first time, to mark the 60th anniversary, with no host teams qualifying automatically. Held every four years, Euro is considered the most popular football tournament next to the World Cup in terms of international prestige.
In 2014, Wembley was chosen as the semi-final and final venue of the tournament by the UEFA Executive Committee, having been selected by acclamation after the finals package bid of the Allianz Arena in Munich was withdrawn. Allianz, however, is still part of the tournament as one of the venues but the centrepiece goes to its English counterpart.
In the same year, 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 However, Brussels later withdrawn their staging participation when a stadium construction lacked support from local authorities.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 – three group stage, one round of 16 – were allocated to Wembley, leaving Wembley with seven tournament matches.
The English Football Association won unanimously after the German FA (DFB) withdrew just before the UEFA vote to focus on a bid to stage Euro 2024. In an interview shortly after winning the hosting rights, England’s FA chairman Greg Dyke,said: “This bidding process was open to more than 50 UEFAcountries so for Wembley to be recognised in this way is testament to a lot of hard work behind the scenes.”
The remaining matches of the 2020 Euro Cup were initially scheduled to be held at stadiums in 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).
Matches to be played in Wembley are 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
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, while the White Hart Lane was being demolished and the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was constructed.
Wembley is one of the biggest and best modern stadiums in Europe, if not the world. It is formerly known as the old ‘Empire Stadium’ that officially opened in 1924 and has welcomed over 21 million visitors since reopening in 2007. With 90,000 seats, it is the largest football stadium in England, the largest stadium in the UK and the second-largest stadium in Europe.