UEFA to announce UK & Ireland as Euro 2028 hosts

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UEFA is expected to announced the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland as hosts of the 2028 European Championships on Tuesday.

Executive Council members of the European football governing body will meet in Switzerland on Tuesday to firm up a decision that sources say was taken earlier.

In July, Turkey agreed to make a joint bid with reigning European Champions Italy for the Euro 2032 hosting rights, effectively ending the main opposition to the UK bid.

The merger has was accepted by the European football governing body Uefa last week.

In response to the decision, a joint statement from the five national associations, from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland said: ”These are exciting times and we have a very compelling Euro 2028 proposal for Uefa,”

”Our bid will be ground-breaking for the men’s Euros and will deliver lasting legacies across the whole of the UK and Ireland.”

Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock stadium, currently under construction, is one of 10 stadiums forming part of the UK and Ireland’s bid

While Italy had only bid for the 2032 tournament, Turkey had bid to host both Euro 2028 and 2032.

Last week, a UEFA statement said: ‘A UEFA statement said: ”The presentations at that meeting will be an important part of the process which will take due consideration of the content of the bid submissions before reaching a decision.”

UEFA is said to have accepted the UK bid as it satisfied all necessary requirements.

The elaborate plan, sources say, includes hosting matches at 10 different grounds, including Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Wembley in London.

Belfast’s Casement Park and Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock are also included in the bid.

This would be the first time the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales will host a major tournament.

An announcement on the decision is expected to be made on Tuesday.

UK & Ireland Euro 2028 host stadiums

1. Wembley Stadium (London) (capacity 90,652)

2. Principality Stadium (Cardiff) (73,952)

3. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London) (62,322)

4. Etihad Stadium (Manchester) (61,000)

5. Everton Stadium (Liverpool) (52,679)

6. St James’ Park (Newcastle) (52,305)

7. Villa Park (Birmingham) (52,190)

8. Hampden Park (Glasgow) (52,032)

9. Aviva Stadium (Dublin) (51,711)

10. Casement Park (Belfast) (34,500)

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