UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, has announced that 19 European national soccer associations have submitted bids to host matches during the EURO 2020 championships.
Member associations from across the continent were invited to bid for one of 12 standard packages – which include three group matches and one round of 16 or a quarter-final game – or to host the competition’s semi-final and final.
The member associations to have submitted bids for the standard package are as follows: Azerbaijan (Baku), Belarus (Minsk), Belgium (Brussels), Bulgaria (Sofia), Denmark (Copenhagen), England (London), Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Skopje), Germany (Munich), Hungary (Budapest), Israel (Jerusalem), Italy (Rome), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Republic of Ireland (Dublin), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (Saint Petersburg), Scotland (Glasgow), Spain (Bilbao), Sweden (Stockholm), Wales (Cardiff).
England and Germany have also bid to host the semi-finals and final of what will be the sixtieth edition of the tournament.
“We are extremely happy to have received so many bids to host UEFA EURO 2020,” commented Michel Platini, the President. “The 60th year anniversary edition of the tournament will be an historic one, with matches played in many European countries.
“By spreading the EURO [2020 championship] across our continent, we will allow more fans from more nations to share in the excitement of hosting such a magical event. Member associations will also benefit greatly from this format, since more of them will be exposed to an elite tournament and have the opportunity to increase the development of football in their respective countries. I wish all the candidates the best of luck in this bidding process.”
The organisation’s administrative arm will now evaluate the bids and submit its findings to the UEFA Executive Committee, with the 13 successful bidders set to be unveiled at a ceremony in Geneva on 19th September.
It was announced back in December 2012 that EURO 2020 would be held in multiple nations across the continent in celebration of the tournament’s 60th anniversary.