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10th Oct 2023

Ireland and UK confirmed as hosts of Euro 2028

Katy Thornton

This will be the largest sporting event the nations have ever jointly staged.

The UK and Ireland have officially won the right to host Euro 2028.

They were the only outright bid left after Turkey decided to pull out and join together with Italy to host Euro 2032.

It will be the first time the tournament has been held by the home nations since 1996.

UEFA confirmed the decision during a meeting in Switzerland on Tuesday.

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A statement from the Football Association said: “Following a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland, as a unique and pioneering five-Association partnership, was awarded the 2028 Tournament.

“The ExCo decision took place after a presentation by the UK and Ireland Football Association leaders and Welsh football star, Gareth Bale.

“The UK and Ireland bid delegation also included six football youth ambassadors who play an active role supporting the development and diversity of the game in their local communities.

“Gareth Bale and the youth ambassadors received the UEFA EURO 2028 pennant from UEFA President, Aleksander Čeferin, to officially mark the awarding of the Tournament to the UK and Ireland.

“UEFA EURO 2028 UK & Ireland will be the largest major sporting event the nations have ever jointly staged – an exciting summer of football that will create memories to last a lifetime.

“The UEFA EURO 2028 bid was successful thanks to its clear and compelling vision to help domestic and European football grow a more diverse and inclusive game, connect with new audiences and inspire the next generation of players, fans and volunteers. The UK and Ireland expressed this vision as ‘Football for all. Football for good. Football for the future’.”

The tournament is expected to begin on Friday, June 16, 2028, with the final being played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, July 16, 2028.

Stadiums across the five countries will also be used. They are:

  • London – Wembley (90,652)
  • Cardiff – Principality Stadium (73 952)
  • London – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (62 322)
  • Manchester – Etihad Stadium (61,000)
  • Liverpool – Everton Stadium (52,679)
  • Newcastle – St James’ Park (52,305)
  • Birmingham – Villa Park (52,190)
  • Glasgow – Hampden Park (52,032)
  • Dublin – Aviva Stadium (51,711)
  • Belfast – Casement Park (34,500)

This article originally appeared on JOE UK

Header image via Instagram / UEFA & Getty

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