Important Aston Villa news as 32-year wait is now over

The historic Villa Park will soon play host to a significant international soccer tournament thanks to Aston Villa

After it was reported that the United Kingdom and Ireland had been successful in their bid to host EURO 2028, Aston Villa will stage a significant international football competition at Villa Park.

Following the withdrawal of their opponent Turkey, the United Kingdom and Ireland will be officially announced as the hosts of the UEFA European Championships in 2028.

All five nations—England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales—joined forces to submit a joint application to host the competition, but they were up against rivals.

Turkey had been their only other challenger, and now according to talkSPORT they have withdrawn from the process, and so confirmation that the tournament will come soon. It is understood they will launch a joint-bid with Italy for the 2023 edition.

The decision will be ratified by UEFA in Nyon next Tuesday, and that means all five countries can now begin preparations to host the tournament in five-years time.

It was revealed in April that Villa Park were one of the 10 stadiums that have been chosen for the competition. It would be the first time in 32-years that Villa Park will have played a part in hosting a major football tournament. It was one of the host grounds during EURO 1996, and was used up until the quarter-final stage when Czech Republic beat Portugal 1-0.

Some of the storied stadiums in English football were passed over in favor of Villa Park. Old Trafford, the home stadium of Manchester United, was noticeably absent; Manchester City, their intra-city rivals, had been mentioned. The final will most likely be played in Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, in addition to Hampden Park in Scotland, the Aviva Stadium in Ireland, and Wales’ national stadium, the Millennium Stadium. The Bramley Moore Dock Stadium in Everton is featured even though it is still under construction. If Northern Ireland wants to host any matches, Casement Park will need to undergo extensive renovations.

EURO 2028 host stadiums

– Wembley Stadium (London)

– Principality Stadium (Cardiff)

– Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London)

– Etihad Stadium (Manchester)

– Everton Stadium (Liverpool)

– St James’ Park (Newcastle)

– Villa Park (Birmingham)

– Hampden Park (Glasgow)

– Aviva Stadium (Dublin)

– Casement Park (Belfast)

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