LONDON (AFP) – A joint bid by the five national associations of the United Kingdom and Ireland to host the 2028 European Championship published a shortlist of 14 venues for the tournament yesterday.
The British and Irish bid is the favourite to win hosting rights in September 2023 after abandoning plans to run for the 2030 World Cup.
Russia, whose national team and clubs are currently banned from UEFA competition due to the war in Ukraine, and Turkiye are the other competing bids for Euro 2028.
Wembley, which hosted the Euro 2020 final, is among three London stadia, also including the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and West Ham’s London Stadium.
Manchester United’s Old Trafford, Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, Villa Park in Birmingham, Newcastle’s St James’ Park, the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and Everton’s new ground, which is still in construction, are the other proposed English venues.
Hampden Park in Glasgow, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Casement Park in Belfast and two stadiums in Dublin, Lansdowne Road and Croke Park, represent the other four national associations.
The shortlist will be cut to 10 venues for the final bid submission in April 2023.
“The UK and Ireland’s track record of hosting successful major sporting events over many decades means we have the expertise and experience to take this world-class tournament to new heights,” said a joint statement by the five national associations.