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Euro2020: London and Munich go head to head for finals package


Euro2020: London and Munich go head to head for finals package


UEFA President Michel Platini has described it as a “romantic” one-off event to celebrate the 60th “birthday” of the European Championship.

For the first time in the tournament’s history Europe’s finest footballing nations will be hosted across the continent in thirteen cities in 2020.

Of the 19 cities to have put forward a bid London and Munich are the only ones competing for the finals package which includes the semi-finals and finals.

Wembley stadium, not Big Ben, takes centre stage for London’s bid and is favourite to win the bid.

With 90,000 seats it is the second largest stadium in Europe and the largest stadium in the United Kingdom.

The new-look Wembley opened its gates in 2007 and was built on the site of the earlier stadium which was demolished in 2003.

The new Wembley has already hosted the champions league final twice – in 2011 and 2013.

Going head to head with favourites Wembley in a bid to land the semi-finals and final of Euro2020, the 16th edition of the tournament, is Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena.

The stadium certainly has the wow factor with a full color-changing exterior.

It boasts a seating capacity of just over 70,000 and is no stranger to top level international competition – having hosted several 2006 World Cup games including one semi-final.

All 13 hosts cities will be announced by Uefa on Friday.

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