Euro 2020 - London or Munich to host semis and final

Both semi-finals and the final of the 2020 European Championship will be held in either England or Germany, it has been confirmed.

Euro 2020 - London or Munich to host semis and final

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Thirteen countries had dropped out of the race to host matches Euro 2020 while 19 have said they are in the race, UEFA said on Saturday.

Of the 19, 12 will share the hosting of the group stages, round of 16 and quarter finals, with the tournament settling down at either London's Wembley Arena or Munich's Allianz Arena for the final three contests.

The tournament will be held in 13 countries around the continent. Twelve of those will each stage three group matches plus a match from either the round of 16 or knockout stage while the 13th will stage the two semi-finals plus final. Each country can use one host city.

UEFA said that the 19 countries who had sent bid dossiers by Friday's final deadline were: Azerbaijan (Baku), Belarus (Minsk), Belgium (Brussels), Bulgaria (Sofia), Denmark (Copenhagen), England (London), Macedonia (Skopje), Germany (Munich), Hungary (Budapest), Israel (Jerusalem), Italy (Rome), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Ireland (Dublin), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (St Petersburg), Scotland (Glasgow), Spain (Bilbao), Sweden (Stockholm) and Wales (Cardiff).

Armenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Kazakhstan, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine were the countries who previously expressed interest in bidding but did not submit dossiers.

The 13 host nations will be selected at UEFA's executive committee meeting in Geneva on September 19.

"We are extremely happy to have received so many bids to host Euro 2020," said UEFA president Michel Platini.

"The 60th year anniversary edition of the tournament will be an historic one with matches played in many European countries.

"By spreading the Euro across our continent, we will allow more fans from more nations to share in the excitement of hosting such a magical event.

"Member associations will also benefit greatly from this format, since more of them will be exposed to an elite tournament and have the opportunity to increase the development of football in their respective countries.

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