Britain’s four nations and Ireland have submitted a dossier to UEFA outlining their plans to host Euro 2028, with 14 stadiums across the five countries shortlisted to stage matches, including Everton’s future home of Bramley- Moore Dock and Sunderland Stadium of Light, one of two North East venues selected. A final list of 10 will be submitted in April 2023.
Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales each have one stadium and the Republic of Ireland two, the other nine in England, including two in the northeast, which have been controversial for the European Championship female this year.
The stadiums selected are: Villa Park, Everton Stadium, London Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Wembley Stadium, Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park, Stadium of Light, Old Trafford, Dublin Arena, Croke Park, Belfast Casement Park Stadium, Hampden Park and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
The UK government is believed to be confident their joint bid will be approved by UEFA, with Turkey the only other country in the running. Russia had announced their intention to bid but have been ruled out by their UEFA football ban since invading Ukraine. The UEFA executive committee will decide on the hosts in September 2023.
A joint statement from the British and Irish nations outlining their preliminary vision for the tournament said all stadiums were well connected. He added: “The UK and Ireland’s track record of hosting successful major sporting events for many decades means we have the expertise and experience to take this world-class tournament to new heights.”
This year, the UK and Ireland have suspended plans to host the 2030 World Cup. The English Football Association’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, cited huge expense and “many areas of difficulty”. ‘uncertainty”.
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