The UK and Ireland are set to be named as hosts for Euro 2028, which will see two London stadiums host games at the tournament.
The five-nation bid will officially be announced as winners of the process next week after Turkey withdrew their interest in hosting the tournament. Turkey’s withdrawal has left the UK and Ireland bid unopposed, meaning that they will be announced as hosts by UEFA on October 10.
London will have a major part to play as both Wembley and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are included in the bid. The other English grounds involved are Villa Park, St. James’ Park, Etihad Stadium and Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore dock. Meanwhile, Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Belfast’s Casement Park will also host matches.
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The five-nation bid does present one issue in terms of qualifying for the tournament as UEFA only allows two countries to automatically qualify as hosts. It has been reported that all five teams will enter the standard qualifying route but will hold a ‘backstop’ of two qualifying spots, in the hope that all five teams make it to the finals.
Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Euro 2028 process was due to their desire to pursue a joint-bid with Italy for Euro 2032. UEFA confirmed Turkey’s decision in a statement and the hosts for both tournaments will be decided next Tuesday.
A UEFA statement said: ““Further to the announcement on July 28 which revealed the desire of the Italian and Turkish FAs to submit a joint bid to stage Uefa Euro 2032, the Uefa administrationRead on football.london