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04th Oct 2023

Ireland and UK set to be confirmed as hosts for Euro 2028

Fiona Frawley

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Ireland’s bid to co-host the tournament in 2028 is now unopposed.

The Republic of Ireland and the UK look set to co-host Uefa Euro 2028 after Turkey withdrew from the bidding process to host the tournament.

Turkey and Italy have joined forces to bid for Euro 2032, meaning that Ireland and the UK are the only bidders for the 2028 edition of the European Championships.

Uefa are set to ratify the bid next Tuesday.

The FAI have released a statement, which reads:

“We are looking forward to presenting our bid to UEFA on 10th October. These are exciting times, and we have a very compelling EURO 2028 proposal for UEFA.

“Our bid is ground-breaking for the Men’s European Championships and will deliver lasting legacies across the whole of Ireland and the UK.

“We will share full details of the bid in Nyon next week and are confident that UEFA will approve our candidacy to host EURO 2028.”

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In the past, host nations qualified automatically for the Europen Championships. As there are five host countries for Euro 2032, however, no team will qualify automatically for the tournament, according to reports.

Uefa are said to have a plan where all five host nations take part in the qualification groups, and there will be two automatic spots held in reserve for a host country that does not automatically qualify.

If three or four nations fail to qualify automatically, the two teams with the best qualification record will take the reserved spots.

There are 10 confirmed stadiums for the UK and Ireland bid, which includes the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and Casement Park in Belfast, which has to be redeveloped.

In England, the host stadiums are Wembley, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park, Villa Park and Everton’s new Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium.

The remaining stadiums in the bid are Hampden Park and the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.

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