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32 European nations bid to joint-host Euro 2020 competition

Sep 20, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT

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In what is set to become a landmark tournament in terms of organization, Euro 2020 bids have now been submitted by 32 European nations.

Now the hard part begins.

Between now and next September, UEFA has to whittle down 40 cities to 13… get ready for some serious canvassing from all four corners of the European continent.

If you’re not familiar with the novel approach UEFA are taking for Euro 2020, let’s step back for a second to dissect exactly what will happen. As has been the case since the European Championships and World Cups began, either one host country of two joint-hosts have put on hugely expensive and lavish tournaments for the world to enjoy. But now all that may stop, as President of UEFA Michel Platini and his executive board have decided that the financial burden is too much for one nation to take, as arguably the worlds second biggest international soccer tournament is a massive commitment.

So, in 2020 the tournament will be spread across Europe, with one or two cities in each country bidding to become a host venue for the quirky 2020 edition. Will it work? Many are waiting on with bated breath, as this could also spell the end for one nation hosting the World Cup in the future.

Personally, I think it’s an incredibly smart idea to host the tournament across the entire European continent. It cuts down on costs, celebrates the entire regions cultural diversity and helps spread the beautiful game to the entire population of Europe. What’s not to like about it?

Plus, players will be gracing some of the greatest venues in world soccer, and fans will enjoy the excellent transport links via air and rail to zip between countries and take in many different games within a venues.

Turkey and Istanbul is a front-runner to hos the semi-finals and final, while other iconic cities such as London, Munich, Rome, Lisbon and Madrid all headlining the incredible cities that could host games.

It make sense, from a financial and spectator standpoint… so why not try it out? I have a feeling this strategy may be the go-to setup for future European Championships.

Below is the list of the 40 cities UEFA can choose from to host games in 2020, not bad, eh?

Armenia (Yerevan), Azerbaijan (Baku), Belarus (Minsk), Belgium (Brussels), Bulgaria (Sofia), Croatia (Zagreb), Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark (Copenhagen), England (London), Finland (Helsinki), France (Lyon), Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Skopje), Germany (Munich), Greece (Athens), Hungary (Budapest), Israel (Jerusalem), Italy (Rome and Milan), Kazakhstan (Astana), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Poland (Warsaw and Chorzow), Portugal (Lisbon and Porto), Republic of Ireland (Dublin), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (Saint Petersburg), Scotland (Glasgow), Serbia (Belgrade), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia), Sweden (Solna), Switzerland (Basel), Turkey (Istanbul), Ukraine (Kyiv and Donetsk) and Wales (Cardiff)

  1. Greg - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    fans will enjoy the excellent transport links via air and rail to zip between countries and take in many different games within a venues.

    Expensive though, the big complaint about World Cup in South Africa was the distances between cities. And what of the players too? England were criticised for having a training camp in Poland while playing in Ukraine for Euro 2012

  2. jesse716 - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    The writer of this article should do some research and realize that the format for euro 2020 is a “one-off” format that has been confirmed by uefa and Michael Platini, future tournaments will go back to a one or two host setup, so don’t look forward to future world cups or confederation championships to use this format

  3. boroteesside - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Only reason for this format of hosting is because UEFA did not want Turkey to host the entire Euro tournament, but are happy for Istanbul to host the semi-finals and the final!

    This is obvious because the reason for this change is that Turkey had bid for the Euro in 2020 and Istanbul the Olympics in 2020, but both events can not be held in the same country, and as Turkey was the only country wanting to host the Euro in 2020, UEFA took the opportunity – even tho Tokyo were always clear favourites to win the Olympic bid as the expectation is that the following games will be in Paris – to announce that the tournament would be held across Europe, with Platini also making it clear that he wants the semis and final to played in Istanbul!

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