Sep 23, 2016

    London is perfect for Euro 2020 s-finals and final: Uefa head


    NEW Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin believes London is the perfect choice to stage the climax to Euro 2020 after 12 other cities across the continent host earlier matches, he said on Wednesday.

    Under the controversial format being used for the tournament's 60th anniversary, those cities will stage four games each with the semi-finals and final at Wembley in the English capital.

    Before being elected last week, he had said the plan was a risk and would be difficult for travelling fans.

    In his first official engagement since the election, at the launch of the London logo in a ceremony that will be replicated in the other host cities, the Slovenian lawyer suggested the format would be for one tournament only.

    Ceferin said Uefa had a vision of commemorating the 60th anniversary of the European Championship in a true celebration of the game "we all love and cherish".

    "What better way could there be than to take the final tournament for one single occasion to all four corners of our continent?" he added.

    The 12 group venues are Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg.