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UK, Ireland to Host 2028 European Championship 

  Turkey Withdraws Bid for 2032 

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In a historic decision, UEFA has officially confirmed that the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland will jointly host the 2028 European Championship.

This joint bid emerged unopposed after Turkey withdrew its candidacy for Euro 2028 to focus on a bid with Italy for the 2032 tournament. Both decisions were announced during a meeting in Switzerland, with UEFA’s official approval.

The UK and Ireland’s successful bid comes after they abandoned plans to become Europe’s preferred candidate for the 2030 World Cup, instead setting their sights on Euro 2028.

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The opening match of the 2028 tournament is set to take place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, and the grand finale will be hosted at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium. This marks a significant moment for the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, as they have never previously hosted a major football tournament.

Euro 2028 matches will be spread across ten different stadiums, including renowned venues such as Glasgow’s Hampden Park and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The bid even includes Belfast’s Casement Park and Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock, with the latter still under construction.

Former Wales captain Gareth Bale was present at the announcement in Nyon along with representatives from each of the host nations

England, one of the 11 countries that hosted Euro 2020, has a strong history of hosting major football events, including the 1966 World Cup and Euro ’96. Additionally, England hosted the record-breaking Women’s European Championship in 2022.

While Italy focused solely on the 2032 tournament, Turkey initially bid for both Euro 2028 and 2032. However, they withdrew from the running for Euro 2028 after their bid with Italy was approved.

Turkey now has 20 potential host stadiums, of which 10 will be selected—five in each country—by October 2026. Despite hosting the Champions League final in June 2021, no major international football tournament has ever been held in Turkey.

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Italy, the reigning European champions, previously hosted the Euros in 1968 and 1980, with Rome’s Stadio Olimpico serving as a venue for Euro 2020. Germany is set to host Euro 2024, and the most recent championship took place in 2021 instead of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Football fans across the United Kingdom and Ireland can now look forward to the excitement of hosting the 2028 European Championship, marking a significant milestone in the world of international football.

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