All five nations will host matches during Europe’s main international men’s football championship in 2028, which will be held in the UK and Ireland.
Turkey was the sole surviving bidder until it withdrew to concentrate on a combined proposal with Italy for Euro 2032, which was also accepted on Tuesday morning, clearing the way for the UK and Ireland to host the event.
According to bid leaders, the 2028 competition is expected to bring in about £2.6 billion for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.
Although Anfield and Old Trafford, two of the most famous stadiums as the homes of Liverpool and Manchester United, aren’t featured, Wembley will host the final and maybe both semifinal matches.
Following are the 10 stadiums:
• Wembley Stadium, London
• Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
• The Etihad Stadium, Manchester
• St James’ Park, Newcastle
• Villa Park, Birmingham
• Everton’s new home at Bramley-Moore Dock, Liverpool
• Casement Park, Belfast
• Aviva Stadium, Dublin
• Hampden Park, Glasgow
• Principality Stadium, Cardiff
The governing body of European football, UEFA, has set aside two safety-net places for the host nations in case any of the five countries fail to earn a spot in the competition.
If more than two of the nations do not qualify, the two with the best record will be handed the berths – meaning we won’t certainly see all five host teams in the event.
However, England has asked to play in qualification because the Football Association wants to keep the team competitive leading up to the finals.
Even if Turkey had stayed in the running, the UK-Ireland proposal would have been the overwhelming favorite to host Euro 2028.
After the Euro 2024 in Germany, UEFA sources emphasized the significance of staging the European Championship in a significant market as being crucial to raising finances after COVID.
However, problems still exist with the 34,000-seater Casement Park renovation because funding has not yet been decided.
The legal challenges to the plans have made them more difficult, and Stormont, the seat of authority in Northern Ireland, is currently without a functioning executive.
Costs also increased from the initial estimate of £77.5 million to more than £100 million.
Following its only hosting of the Euros in 1996 and its participation as one of 11 nations in the staging of the continental Euro 2020, Tuesday’s decision means that England will be involved in organizing a Euros for a third time.