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Wembley the front-runner for Euro 2020 final stages

Wembley Stadium looks set to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020. Photo: Mike Hewitt - The FA/The FA via Getty Images
Wembley Stadium looks set to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020. Photo: Mike Hewitt - The FA/The FA via Getty Images

England's bid to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 at Wembley may be unchallenged at next month's vote as the German football federation (DFB) considers dropping Munich's rival bid.

Germany wants to stage Euro 2024 and the DFB may now only bid for Munich to host group games at Euro 2020 in order to avoid harming its campaign for the tournament four years later.

UEFA is holding Euro 2020 in 13 different countries to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament and only Wembley and Munich's Allianz Arena have put in bids to host the climax of the competition ahead of the vote on September 19.

The DFB president, Wolfgang Niersbach, said that a decision on whether to press ahead with a bid for the final remains "open" but made it clear that both the DFB and the English FA would work together to support each other.

Niersbach said: "We still have the two options: to host the final rounds or four matches in the first rounds. Our decision is open.

"We have an excellent and wonderful relationship with the England FA," Niersbach added. "We are sitting together very often and thinking about the possibilities of how we can support the other association. Discussions on the final round are still open. But we are very relaxed about it."

It is understood talks took place between the FA and DFB in June at which the possibility of withdrawing Munich's bid for the final was raised by the Germans.

Meanwhile, Botafogo, one of Brazil's most storied clubs, is in crisis, unable to pay its players after debts totalling more than 700 million reais (€230m) led authorities to freeze its accounts.

The Rio de Janeiro-based team hasn't paid some players in more than three months. The team had tax debt of 127 million reais (€41.7m) last season, according to its accounts, and former players are owed millions in pension contributions, a club official said.

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