Uefa confirms UK and Ireland as Euro 2028 hosts

The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland will host the 2028 European Championship, Uefa has confirmed. The joint bid ran unopposed after Turkey withdrew to focus on a bid with Italy for Euro 2032, which was also confirmed at a meeting in Switzerland.

The UK and Ireland focused on Euro 2028, with Uefa’s approval, after they ended a plan to be Europe’s preferred candidate for the 2030 World Cup.

London’s Wembley Stadium and Glasgow’s Hampden Park hosted games at Euro 2020.

Football Association of Wales chief executive Noel Mooney said he would “like the national stadium of Wales to host the opening match” but that it is “up to Uefa” to decide.

Former Wales captain Gareth Bale was present at the announcement in Nyon

“To bring the tournament to Wales is a special day for us,” he said. “We’re excited. We’ve put forward a schedule of matches, we think Cardiff is perfect for the opener and we look forward to it.”

Former Wales captain Gareth Bale, who attended the presentation in Nyon, added: “For me as a Welshman, I would love for Cardiff to host the opening match. We have the stadium and infrastructure for it.”

The Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales have never hosted a major football tournament.

Matches at Euro 2028 are set to be held at 10 different grounds, including Wembley, Hampden Park, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Belfast’s Casement Park and Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock stadium, the former unbuilt while the latter is still under construction, were also included in the bid.

England were one of the 11 countries to host Euro 2020 along with Scotland, as well as being sole hosts of the 1966 World Cup and Euro ’96. England also hosted the record-breaking Women’s European Championship in 2022.

Credit: bbc


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