— Published 23 April 2021

Bilbao and Dublin by the wayside

UEFA has decided. Euro 2020 (June 11 to July 11, 2021) will no longer be contested in 12 host cities, as planned in the initial plan. The new event map is no longer quite the same, being scaled down by one city. After Bilbao, Dublin was also removed from the system. For the same reasons as the Basque city: the inability of the Irish authorities to guarantee the presence of spectators in the stadium. The UEFA executive committee is due to formalise its decision on Friday, 23rd of April. With it also in danger of losing their matches, Munich is set to save its head as German organisers have said they can fill the Allianz Arena to a minimum of 25% of its capacity. On the Spanish side, Bilbao will be replaced by Sevilla, ultimately preferred to Madrid. The Spanish selection will therefore play its group matches at home. In contrast, the meetings initially planned in Dublin will be relocated to Saint-Petersburg, which was already part of the Euro 2020 system. The Russian city will host eight matches, with a 50% capacity of the stadium. The next European tournament will therefore be played in Rome, London, Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Saint-Petersburg, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Munich and Sevilla.