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Euro 2020 host city’s venues: every stadium where the tournament is being held

Wembley will stage additional Euro 2021 last-16 match as a reward from UEFA to the Football Association for its part in stopping the proposed European Super League.

However, Dublin has been stripped of its matches after failing to meet the deadline for guaranteeing fans, as has Bilbao. Seville will replace Bilbao as a host city for the tournament, taking on three group stage matches and one last 16 match.

Telegraph Sport understands there is goodwill from UEFA towards the FA’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, for his efforts in opposing the league and rallying support from the Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister, that will result in Wembley having more games.

The move comes a week after Munich, Rome, Bilbao and Dublin received a stay of execution as Euro 2021 host cities – after UEFA gave them an extension until April 19 to guarantee fans. That deadline was subsequently extended to April 23 after the emergence of the Super League project on April 18. Rome and Munich were able to provide assurances in time, but the other two were not. 

A final plan for the delayed competition is moving apace, with local officials in the Spanish city of Bilbao confirming it had been dropped by UEFA. The city’s local organisers threatened to sue the European body over its “unilateral” decision drop the city as a host. It had been scheduled to host Spain’s matches in Group E group against Poland, Sweden and Slovakia.

St. Petersburg will now host six group stage matches, as it takes over the responsibility of hosting group games from Dublin.

Uncertainty remains about whether traveling fans will be allowed into nine of the host nations at the first European Championship to be held in so many countries.

Only Baku (Azerbaijan), Budapest (Hungary) and St. Petersburg (Russia) have said so far that ticket-holders flying in will be exempt from any quarantine or other entry requirements apart from proof of negative Covid-19 tests. Hungary will also allow entry if a fan can show they have been infected within the past six months. Bucharest will allow fans staying for less than three days to avoid isolating on arrival, along with them presenting a negative test.

Wembley, which has a tournament-high seven fixtures, will have at least a quarter of the 90,000-seat stadium filled in the group stage and last 16. The intention is for the capacity to rise to at least 45,000 for the semifinals and July 11 final.

Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen and Glasgow said capacities can be at 25 per cent to 33 per cent — numbers that could rise based on the progress of vaccination programs and infections dropping.

“Currently, eight host countries have confirmed stadium capacities based on their projections of an improved health situation in their countries in June and July due to a number of factors, including a country’s vaccination rollout, its planned measures for reopening the economy, and the projected slowdown in the virus due to the warmer season,” Uefa said in a statement.

Telegraph Sport has examined the current coronavirus restrictions and vaccination situation for every host city:

Amsterdam, Holland

  • What the local authorities have said: Despite long-running national restrictions, the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) said “at least 12,000 spectators” will be allowed to attend matches in the Johan Cruyff Arena. The ground has a capacity of 55,500, meaning it will be at least 20 per cent full. In a joint statement with the Dutch government, the KNVB also expressed hope that this number will be increased, although it is dependent on the coronavirus situation a few weeks before the first match.

  • Guide to the ground: The Johan Cruyff Arena is normally the home ground of Ajax. It also often plays host to Dutch national team matches, though the Dutch do not have one designated “home” stadium as England do with Wembley. It has hosted Euro matches before, during the tournament in 2000, playing host to three group matches, a quarter-final and a semi-final. Originally named the Amsterdam Arena, it was renamed after the legendary footballer John Cruyff in 2018 following his death.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 36.9 per cent (The Dutch have so far vaccinated 6.3 million of their 17.3 million people)

  • Can I travel there?: For UK nationals who are not Dutch residents, there is currently a travel ban in force, although exemptions for reasons such as work and study apply. It is unclear when this travel ban may be lifted.

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, one round-of-16 match. 

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The Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam is the home stadium of Ajax


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Baku, Azerbaijan

  • What the local authorities have said: The Azeri authorities have announced that the Baku Olympic Stadium will be 50 per cent full for matches, meaning 34,350 fans will be in attendance. However, only local Azeri and citizens from participating teams will be allowed to attend.

  • Guide to the ground: The largest stadium in Azerbaijan, the Baku Olympic Stadium was only completed in 2015, in time for the European Games that year. It has hosted very few football matches, notably the final of the 2018/19 Europa League and all of Qarabag’s Champions League group stage matches in 2017/18. It is also the home ground of the Azeri national team.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 13.3 per cent (Latest figures show 1.35 million have been vaccinated of a total 10 million people)

  • Can I travel there?: Though the land borders remain closed, there are a limited number of flights available to Baku. However, e-visas are no longer being issued. Those wishing to travel must get dispensation from the Azeri embassy in their country of origin. 

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, one quarter-final. 

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The vast Baku Olympic Stadium played host to the 2019 Europa League final in which Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1


Credit: Steven Paston /PA

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Bucharest, Romania

  • What the local authorities have said: The Romanian ministry of Sports announced that the National Arena can be up to 25 per cent full for matches, equating to 13,000 spectators. In order to be admitted, fans will have to prove they have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus, providing them with some immunity. 

  • Guide to the ground: Opened in 2011, the National Arena is the home stadium of the Romanian football team as well as club’s Dinamo Bucuresti and FCSB. It has also hosted the 2012 Europa League final as well as the annual Cupa Romaniei final. As with the Johan Cruyff Arena, the ground has a fully retractable roof.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 22.4 per cent (4.3 million of Romania’s 19.4 million residents have received a jab to date)

  • Can I travel there?: Romania has designated the UK a ‘red list’ country of high epidemiological risk. this mean from June 1, those arriving must prove they are fully vaccinated or have recovered form the disease between 14 and 90 days before arriving. Those only in possession of a negative PCR test must leave the country within 72 hours or quarantine for 14 days, unless they have an exemption.

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, one round-of-16 match.

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The National Arena in Bucharest will host three group stage matches and one round of 16 game


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Budapest, Hungary

  • What the local authorities have said: The Hungarian authorities have announced they plan to have the Puskas Arena full to capacity for their matches, meaning 61,000 could be in attendance. Foreign fans will be allowed to enter, provided they have a negative PCR test, proof of immunity or of vaccination. Hungarian fans will have to provide either proof of immunity or vaccination, as a negative PCR test will not be enough for them.

  • Guide to the ground: Named after the legendary Ferenc Puskas, the Puskas Arena is the newest ground to host matches in Euro 2021, having been completed in 2019. Built on the site of the former Ferenc Puskas Stadium, it is the home stadium of the Hungarian national team. In 2021, the ground was used for several Champions League round of 16 matches, owing to Covid travel restrictions between the UK and Germany. It is scheduled to host the 2023 Europa League final.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 53.6 per cent (5.2 million of Hungary’s 10 million people have received a vaccine)

  • Can I travel there?: Business travellers and Hungarian residents are the only people allowed entry. Land and air borders remain open.

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, one round-of-16 match.

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The Puskas Arena also hosted the 2020 Super Cup Final between Bayern Munich and Sevilla


Credit: Bernadett Szabo /REUTERS

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • What the local authorities have said: Danish Culture minister Joy Mogensen said they are hoping to host at least 12,000 fans at the 38,000 capacity Parken Stadium, equating to a capacity of 30 per cent. This number could increase, if vaccination and case numbers are favourable.

  • Guide to the ground: The Parken Stadium has been the home of the Danish national team since its opening in 1992 and is also the home ground of FC Copenhagen. It hosted the 2000 Uefa Cup Final between Arsenal and Galatasaray, which the Turkish side won on penalties. The ground contains a three Michelin Star restaurant, called Geranium, the only restaurant in Copenhagen with three stars.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 36.8 per cent (2.1 million Danes have received a vaccine, in a country of 5.8 million)

  • Can I travel there?: Travel is banned for non-Danish residents and those without a ‘special worthy purpose’. All arrivals must go through a 10-day quarantine (reduced to four if they take a PCR test that comes back negative). 

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, one round-of-16 match.

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The Parken stadium is the Danish team’s home ground


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/PA

Glasgow, Scotland

  • What the local authorities have said: After First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she was “desperate” to see some fans at Hampden Park, the Scottish FA announced they expect to be able to fill the ground to 25 per cent capacity for matches this summer. Sturgeon also announced that it is likely some form of vaccine certification will be required for attending supporters.

  • Guide to the ground: Hampden Park is an illustrious old ground and the national stadium of Scotland. First opened in 1903, it has hosted three Champions League finals, two Cup Winners’ Cup finals, a Europa League final and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 1937, it hosted 149,915 fans for a match between England and Scotland, which still stands as the record attendance for an international football match in Europe.  

  • Current vaccine numbers: 59.5 per cent (over 3.3 million have been vaccinated, of a total of 5.5 million people)

  • Can I travel there?: Travel over the Scottish-English border has now begun again for non-essential reasons. International travellers must present a negative PCR test and quarantine for 10 days on arrival

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, one round-of-16 match.

England vs Scotland, Euro 2021 kick-off time and TV channel

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Hampden Park is a multi-sport stadium, capable of hosting athletics as well as football


Credit: ANDY BUCHANAN /AFP

London, England

  • What the local authorities have said: The FA announced they hope to be able to seat 20,000 for the group and round-of-16 matches, before increasing this to 45,000 for the semi-finals and final. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has said he hopes to see a “capacity crowd” at Wembley for the final. 

  • Guide to the ground: The largest host stadium for Euro 2021, the new Wembley opened in 2007 and is the home ground for the England team. The ground hosts all major finals in English football, as well as boxing matches, concerts and NFL games, among others. It has hosted two Champions League finals and was the temporary home for Tottenham while the new White Hart Lane was being built.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 58.5 per cent (32.9 million out of 56 million people)

  • Can I travel there?: All arrivals from non-green list countries must complete a 10-day quarantine and take two PCR tests. Those arriving from red list countries must do so at mandatory quarantine hotels. 

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, two round-of-16 matches, both semi-finals, final.

England vs Croatia, Euro 2021 kick-off time and TV channel

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Wembley will host eight matches this tournament, including all of England’s group games as well as the final


Credit: Nick Potts /PA

Munich, Germany

  • What the local authorities have said: After receiving a stay-of-execution from UEFA, German authorities announced that the Allianz Arena will be 20 per cent full for the tournament, meaning 14,500 people will be allowed to attend.

  • Guide to the ground: The home of FC Bayern Munich, the Allianz Arena has a strong pedigree of hosting international matches. Though it is not the home stadium of the German national team (who have no one designated home ground), it played host to six World Cup matches in 2006, as well as the 2012 champions League final. When it opened in 2005, it was the first stadium in the world to have a full colour-changing exterior.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 43.2 per cent (36.2 million of 83 million have received a jab)

  • Can I travel there?: All non-German residents coming from the UK are currently banned from entering, although borders remain open for Schengen-area residents. A negative PCR test is expected on entry and a mandatory 10-14 day quarantine is in effect.

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, one quarter-final.

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The Allianz Arena has previously hosted a Champions League final and a World Cup semi-final


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Rome, Italy

  • What the local authorities have said: Alongside the government, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has announced 18,000 fans will be allowed inside the Stadio Olimpico, about 25 per cent of the 72,600 capacity. This number could be revised based on vaccination rates and fans will have to download an app which monitors social distancing.

  • Guide to the ground: The national stadium of Italy is the home ground for both Roma and Lazio as well as the Italian national football and rugby teams. It has hosted four champions League finals, most recently in 2009, and is the national athletics stadium as well. In 1990, it hosted the World cup final, and also played host to the final of Euro 1968 and 1980.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 38.9 per cent (23.5 million of 60 million have received a jab)

  • Can I travel there?: Entry from the UK has resumed for non-Italians and those making non-essential trips. From May 15, those who present proof of vaccination or a negative-PCR test on arrival will be exempt from quarantine.

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, one quarter-final.

Turkey vs Italy, Euro 2021 kick-off time, TV channel and odds

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Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has an illustrious history of hosting show piece sporting events


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Seville, Spain

  • What the local authorities have said: Following a decision by UEFA to drop Bilbao as a host city, Seville has been selected as the replacement in Spain. Bilbao’s local organisers threatened to sue the European soccer body over its “unilateral” decision drop the city as a host. However, the city of Seville will take over, with the 60,000-seater Estadio de La Cartuja confirmed as receiving a crowd of 30 per cent capacity, which is approximately 18,000 people.

  • Guide to the groundThe stadium was initially built to host the 1999 World Championships in Athletics and was included in Spain’s failed bids for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Since 1999, it hosted the 2003 Europa League final, but has mostly been disused. Neither Sevilla nor Real Betis, the two biggest clubs in Andalusia, use the stadium as their home ground, and the Spanish national team play there rarely. The Spanish FA announced it will host four Copa del Rey finals form 2020-2024.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 38.6 per cent (18 million out of 47 million have received a jab)

  • Can I travel there?: The Spanish Government lifted a ban on travel to and from the UK for all non-residents on March 30. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test are not required for entry from the UK.

  • Matches to host: Three group stage matches, one round-of-16 match

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Sevilla’s Estadio De La Cartuja has been rarely used since its construction in the late 1990s


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St. Petersburg, Russia

  • What the local authorities have said: St. Petersburg has been awarded three extra group stage matches, replacing Dublin as a host city, after Irish authorities failed to confirm spectators would have been allowed to attend. Russian authorities have announced they will host fans at at least 50 per cent capacity of the 65,000 seater Gazprom Arena. They have also stated they aim to increase this number, vaccination and infection rates permitting.

  • Guide to the groundPurpose built to host matches in the 2018 World Cup, the Gazprom Arena is modelled after the Toyota Stadium in Japan, having been designed by the same architect. It hosted the 2017 Confederations Cup final, as well as seven World Cup games, including a semi-final and the third place playoff.

  • Current vaccine numbers: 11.4 per cent (16.6 million of Russia’s 144.5 million people have received a jab)

  • Can I travel there?: Those arriving form the UK who are not Russian residents are banned from entry until at least June 1. Those arriving from elsewhere must present a negative PCR test on arrival.

  • Matches to host: Six group stage matches, one quarter-final.

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The Gazprom Arena has a fully retractable roof


Credit: ANTON VAGANOV /REUTERS

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