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Euro 2028 ‘takes place in Britain’ and Ireland after Russia and Turkey were dropped from the race

EURO 2028 is to be staged in the UK and Ireland, with the joint hosts not facing competition from other bids.

Russia’s planned bid cannot go through with the country suspended from international sport while Turkey is likely to pull out after failing twice with recent euro bids for 2016 and 2024.

Euro 2028 is to be held in Great Britain and Ireland

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Euro 2028 is to be held in Great Britain and IrelandPhoto credit: Getty
England almost reached the Euro 2020 final last year

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England almost reached the Euro 2020 final last yearPhoto credit: Getty

Britain and Ireland’s decision to rule out a 2030 World Cup proposal and instead focus on the Euros now seems to have paid off.

The joint hosts only announced theirs Intended to apply for the 2028 tournament last month but recent developments have seen it take a positive turn.

UEFA officials are clearly open to an unchallenged battle as that would bring reassurance after a difficult period with the raging war in Eastern Europe.

In addition, all of UEFA’s 55 national associations are struggling financially after suffering huge losses during the pandemic.

The official bidding process should last until September 2023, but if only one bid is received, UEFA will announce the hosts much earlier.

However, the joint effort must meet the organizer’s technical requirements, which is likely to be a formality.

March 23 is the deadline for registering an intention to apply, with home nations appearing to be the only applicants.

The proposal is ambitious as the five separate football associations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland must all agree to join forces.

This was pushed by UEFA, which in informal talks last year strongly backed a bid from Britain and Ireland.

Despite the violence that marred last summer’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley, UEFA has not held that against the FA’s involvement in the bid.

European football’s governing body viewed the incident as a one-off event caused by England’s first major final appearance in 55 years and a mass release of frustration after emerging from lockdown.

According to UEFA, much of the blame was placed on the Metropolitan Police for their poor security practices.

Aside from the final, all other matches hosted by England were considered a success.

UEFA is expected to increase the size of the competition for Euro 2028 from 24 to 32 teams, requiring at least 12 venues.

Cardiff’s Principality, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Glasgow’s Hampden Park will definitely feature, while Edinburgh’s Murrayfield and Dublin’s Croke Park appear to be under consideration.

The final will certainly take place at Wembley, but it remains to be seen what other English venues will be used.

The competition for London clubs is fierce – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will certainly be there, so either Arsenal’s Emirates or West Ham’s London Stadium could miss out.

Organizers will aim to achieve geographical spread across the country, with legendary stadiums of Old Trafford, Anfield, St.

The matches, played in England, were largely considered a success despite the chaos of the final

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The matches, played in England, were largely considered a success despite the chaos of the finalPhoto credit: Maja Smiejkowska / Story Picture Agency

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