UEFA made an historic announcement today by designating Britain and Ireland as hosts for the Men’s European Championship 2028, following Turkey’s withdrawal from bidding. This announcement sets up an unprecedented footballing spectacle which promises to delight football fans worldwide.
Ten incredible locations from these five nations have been proposed as potential tournament venues, which will host 24 teams competing for glory. The majority of these iconic stadiums are situated in England, showcasing the country’s rich football heritage. Among them, the hallowed grounds of Wembley Stadium in London stand out as a potential location for the grand finale.
This would mark Wembley’s second stint hosting a men’s Euros final, only seven years after it last played host to the tournament’s culmination, as well as six years after it served as the backdrop for a women’s Euros final. With around three million tickets up for grabs, organizers are dedicated to making the event accessible to fans by keeping prices reasonable.
The collective bid made its compelling presentation to UEFA’s executive committee, who subsequently gave their unanimous approval. This move is set to have a significant economic impact, with the 2028 tournament projected to generate a staggering €3 billion (£2.6 billion) of economic benefit for the five host nations.
While the spotlight will be on the world-class football on display, the tournament’s format will also keep fans on their toes. All five host nations are expected to participate in the qualification process in the traditional manner. UEFA has, however, reserved two “safety net” berths for host teams that may not qualify on merit. If more than two host teams fall short, only the two with the best qualification records will secure a place, adding an exciting twist to the proceedings.
As the countdown begins, football enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the return of this magnificent tournament to the UK and Ireland, with Wembley poised to once again take center stage. Alongside Wembley, other renowned English venues such as Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Etihad Stadium, Villa Park, St James’ Park, and Everton’s new Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium will also play their part. Completing the list, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Hampden Park in Glasgow, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, and a revamped Casement Park in Belfast are set to host matches, promising a thrilling and unforgettable footballing spectacle in 2028.
With these remarkable venues and a rich footballing tradition as the backdrop, the Men’s European Championship in 2028 is poised to be a celebration of sport, unity, and unforgettable moments that will resonate with fans around the world. Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable footballing journey!