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Trip to Bilbao on the agenda if Ireland reach Euro 2020

07 December 2017, 10:28 | Sandy Nunez

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Brussels has lost the right to stage Euro 2020 matches following delays in the development of its new Eurostadium with the four games it was due to host going to London's Wembley instead.

UEFA made a decision to reallocate the three group-stage games and one last-16 game originally given to the Belgian capital because of delays in the project to build a new 60,000-capacity Eurostadium on the site of Heysel.

After been selected as one of the host cities in September 2014, it was confirmed that the Aviva Stadium would host two Republic of Ireland games, if qualification was achieved.

The UEFA executive committee did make a number of other decisions, including deciding which groups for Euro 2020 would be located in which cities, as well as deciding that the Stadio Olympico in Rome, Italy will host the first match.

"We absolutely need a new 45,000-capacity stadium and we hope the competent ministers grant the permit in January so that a stadium fit for the 21st century can finally be built in our country", said federation president Gerard Linard.

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Khan said: "It speaks volumes about our great city that London has been awarded an additional four Euro 2020 matches, reinforcing the capital's reputation as the sporting capital of the world".

Rome and Baku will host Group A, Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen Group B, Amsterdam and Bucharest Group C, London and Glasgow Group D, Bilbao and Dublin Group E, with Munich and Budapest the Group F venues.

UEFA said that each host nation that qualifies will play at least two matches at home in the group stage.

Cardiff and Stockholm had also been in contention to host the extra games.

We know what you're thinking, 'we've only qualified for the Euros three times ('88, '12, '16)' but the new 24 team format means it's now easier for Ireland to get through the group stages as we found out in Euro 2016.

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