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Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea miss out as the UK and Ireland stage the Euro 2028 bid with all five nations represented in the 14-stadium list

The UK and Ireland have submitted a bid to host Euro 2028 with a list of 14 stadiums revealed, leaving out some big names.

A final list of ten stadiums will be sent to UEFA in April 2023, but Arsenal’s Emirates, Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge and Liverpool’s Anfield are not in the running.

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The Emirates regularly hold major events, but do not compete for the Euro Cup

Instead, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Manchester United’s Old Trafford, Manchester City’s Etihad, Newcastle’s St James’ Park, West Ham’s London Stadium and Everton’s new stadium as representatives of the Premier League.

The national stadiums of England (Wembley), Scotland (Hampden Park) and Ireland (Aviva Stadium) have also been shortlisted along with Principality Stadium in Wales and Casement Park in Northern Ireland.

The other shortlisted stadiums are Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and Dublin’s Croke Park.

Casement Park is currently undergoing redevelopment, while Everton’s new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock is due to open ahead of the 2024/25 season.

All five countries are represented in the preliminary proposal of 14 wickets which is made up of nine English wickets, with the final list being whittled down to a total of ten.

Turkey is also competing in the bidding process, with UEFA’s executive committee set to make a decision on Euro 2028 and Euro 2032 in September next year.

Wembley could once again host another big event

Wembley could once again host another big event


A statement from the UK and Irish tender associations said: “We are delighted that UK, Irish, Scottish, Welsh government partners and Northern Ireland officials are supporting this bid.

“Together, we believe that we can deliver a world-class tournament and that hosting Euro 2028 will achieve a strong and sustainable legacy for football and society at large, helping drive economic growth in local communities.

“Working with UEFA, our plan is to host a tournament that will be a catalyst for the transformative development of grassroots football, promising to share legacy initiatives with European national associations to accelerate growth across the continent.

Hampden Park now

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Hampden Park has become the setting for heroic scenes over the years.

“The UK and Ireland’s track record of hosting successful sporting events over many decades means we have the knowledge and experience to take this world-class tournament to new heights.

“Our compact plan and pioneering multi-partner collaboration can usher in a new era for the euro. Through the latest digital and marketing innovations, we will help UEFA and its partners engage new audiences and the world’s youth to extend the impact and reach of the tournament more than ever before.”

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