UEFA Euro 2020 Bids

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UEFA Euro 2020 Bids

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May 16th, 2012, 4:37 am #1

The deadline for bidders to this tournament has passed and there are now three candidates: Turkey, Scotland/Wales/Ireland, and Georgia. Turkey are favourites on paper, but have an 2020 Olympic bid running as well, so there are a few factors at play here...
Who do you want to see win?
http://footy-fever.com/blog/uefa-euro-2 ... -crashers/
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May 16th, 2012, 7:00 am #2

after the supporters violence in Istanbul I doubt about Turkey....so I prefer the trio....I do not think Georgia has any chance to get it...
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May 16th, 2012, 7:24 am #3

I'm surprised that's all we've to chose from. If the FA submitted a bid they would surely get it. The trio could do but it's another logistical nightmare for fans.
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May 16th, 2012, 2:46 pm #4

trekky76 wrote:The trio could do but it's another logistical nightmare for fans.
I don't think it will be a logistical nightmare for the fans. Distances between the Turkish venues are much bigger. Nevertheless I think Turkey will have the best chance to get Euro 2020. Turkey has a relatively strong league and its economy is booming.
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May 17th, 2012, 7:02 am #5

It's been rumoured Turkey already was promised the championship; perhaps explains the lack of alternatives as the other associations don't want to waste money like the FA did with their world cup bid..
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May 17th, 2012, 3:28 pm #6

Also, we have to consider the hot temperatures of the Turkish summer. Perhaps they can represent an obstacle for football.
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September 25th, 2012, 11:16 am #7

An update to the current state of affairs: Azerbaijan have joined the Georgia bid to form a pair, while Platini has suggested that if none of the three bidders can meet standards, then he has a proposal for the tournament to be co-hosted in cities across Europe (with no details on how that would work for team qualification, etc. ), with England offering to host the 'final stages' in 2020 if that idea goes ahead.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012 ... uefa-final
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December 7th, 2012, 6:54 am #8

UEFA EURO 2020 to be held across continent
http://www.uefa.com/uefa/aboutuefa/orga ... +continent
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December 7th, 2012, 7:41 am #9

Tanaka wrote:UEFA EURO 2020 to be held across continent
http://www.uefa.com/uefa/aboutuefa/orga ... +continent
Turkey were the only country who voted against this, apparently.
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December 7th, 2012, 8:21 am #10

TheRoonBa wrote:
Tanaka wrote:UEFA EURO 2020 to be held across continent
http://www.uefa.com/uefa/aboutuefa/orga ... +continent
Turkey were the only country who voted against this, apparently.
Yet they withdrew their bid because of the 2020 Olympics bidding. I think they wanted their close buddies Azerbaijan to get the hosting.
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December 8th, 2012, 7:20 am #11

UEFA have said that it's a one-off move to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tournament... hopefully they'll stick to that as doing it more than as an experiment would seriously devalue it.
Don't mind the idea of England hosting the Final Stages, though, should go nicely with the 2013 UEFA European U-17 Women's Championship...
http://footy-fever.com/blog/uefa-euro-2 ... lebration/
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September 20th, 2013, 1:50 pm #12

An update on the bidding process, 32 nations have thrown their hat into the ring for the 13 'match packages' available, so it would probably be easier to just list the ones that haven't put a bid in, but instead here's a link to the 32 that did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2020
UEFA claim they will be focusing mainly on nations which have never hosted the tournament before (by my count 20 of the bidders can claim this), although if it is as sentimental as they say it will be then England (inventors of football), France (birthplace of the tournament), and Switzerland (home of UEFA) at the very least shouldn't be ignored in the process.
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September 21st, 2013, 12:12 am #13

"match packages"...

I personally don't care where matches are played, with two provisos:
(1) no matches in any country which has ongoing issues with spectator racism or other forms of abuse. This rules out about half of them.

(2) priority should be given to countries who can fill a stadium, even when the match does not involve their own team. I don't want to see large empty stadiums with running tracks, like I saw in Armenia vs Denmark recently, looked less than half full for arguably the biggest match in Armenia's history. Maybe Armenians prefer to see "big" teams rather than their own, but in that case they can watch on TV.

Or maybe UEFA should follow FIFA's example, and have the matches spread across the Gulf countries.

Only one German city has applied, presumably on the basis that as UEFA will select only one per country, they shouldn't spread themselves thin.
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September 21st, 2013, 4:34 am #14

so only in rich countries without racism incidents.........which country do you have in mind?
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September 21st, 2013, 5:33 am #15

pieter wrote:
so only in rich countries without racism incidents.........which country do you have in mind?
Phantasia
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September 21st, 2013, 7:10 am #16

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September 21st, 2013, 7:30 am #17

personally I hope Armenia, Belarus, Azerbaidjan will get some matches........For this kind of countries it will be the only chance to host this kind of games ....
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September 21st, 2013, 8:02 am #18

Don't forget the countries of the UK, where we are tolerant to everything except the Daily Mail... get that filth away from this forum .
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September 21st, 2013, 9:12 am #19

I didn't say rich countries. The stadium can be full in a poor country, if the prices are appropriate.
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September 21st, 2013, 10:43 am #20

anyone knows the assistance of Armenia-Denmark.....? the stadium is to big , I think , for a rather small country. And the need of 50.000 stadiums exclude the smaller nations, like the Baltic countries, Norway, Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovakia..... 
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September 21st, 2013, 1:39 pm #21

Agree with the principle being set by UEFA as wrong, but for the record they aren't entirely excluding the nations with smaller stadiums, as 2 of the Group Stage / Knock-Out 'packages' will be permitted to have a 30,000-50,000 seater stadium as 'exceptions'. Given the stadium sizes in 2008 and 2012, though, this seems to be an inbalanced proportion that will affect the smaller nations' chances. I don't see why it can't just be a more open bidding process for any nation/city/stadium combination that wants to enter, UEFA will soon weed out the ones they don't want.
P.S. - Norway, Slovakia, and Slovenia are amongst those not bidding...
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September 21st, 2013, 2:18 pm #22

Meaby they are not bidding because they cannot build such big stadiums...?
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September 22nd, 2013, 1:08 pm #23

pieter wrote:
anyone knows the assistance of Armenia-Denmark.....? the stadium is to big , I think , for a rather small country. And the need of 50.000 stadiums exclude the smaller nations, like the Baltic countries, Norway, Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovakia..... 
Attendance of Armenia-Denmark was 23,000.
Not such a bad attendance.
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August 6th, 2014, 3:36 pm #24

So England are looking increasingly likely to be the hosts of the Final Stages - Germany thinking of backing out of that package to focus on all of 2024: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28679373
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August 6th, 2014, 10:34 pm #25

I wonder why England want to host the semi-finals and final of a tournament they will already be knocked out of?
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September 12th, 2014, 3:38 pm #26

*Resisting urge to make a comeback over how Scotland are bidding for the Group Stage package* ... the announcement on the winning bidders is set to be made a week from now on 19 September.
Recent additions to the England-Germany deal suggest that Germany will also offer their backing for an England 2028 bid as well as England 2020 (Final Stages) in exchange for English backing of Germany 2024. Obviously there is still the rest of Europe to win over but this sounds like a brilliant arrangement . Very much a supporter of tournaments being taken to new locations but the European Championships could be heading exclusively to probably the 3 most renowned host nations on the continent in the next 4 editions...
http://www.theguardian.com/football/201 ... rmany-2024
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September 12th, 2014, 8:00 pm #27

I would like to see Qatar and Russia stage a joint bid alongside England for 2020, just to rub it in.
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September 19th, 2014, 12:57 pm #28

ToolateEnglandhavewon: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29251585 . Now onto 2028...
So, following on from France 2016, UEFA Euro 2020 can now be referred to as England/Germany/Italy/Russia/Azerbaijan/Hungary/Belgium/Romania/Netherlands/Spain/Scotland/Ireland/Denmark 2020. Got it?
Happy to see Denmark get in as well as Scotland, first time that the city of the first official international match gets to host a major tournament, although they beat Wales to it by one single vote . Others to miss out are Sweden, Bulgaria, Israel, Macedonia, and Belarus. 7 of the co-hosts are first-timers for this tournament, 8 if you include reunified Germany.
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September 19th, 2014, 1:18 pm #29

How Denmark and Russia (?!) got it but not Sweden with a bigger and more recent arena is beyond me. And Baku? Everyone's talking about FIFA corruption but UEFA certainly is no better.
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September 19th, 2014, 2:22 pm #30

I suppose there will be no host country qualified, that is a good thing

in Baku, there is a lot of oil and money, but good to see a small country to host a match

logical no games in Jerusalem, no guarantee to have the "problems" solved by 2020....

for the rest: megalomania (24 teams  already in 2016), in Asia they will also have 24 teams in 2019, why not invite everybody?  
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September 20th, 2014, 2:27 pm #31

Parken is a great stadium with similar attributes to Friends Arena (retractable roof, etc.) but perhaps a bit more 'character', plus Friends Arena won't be a brand new stadium by the time 2020 rolls around. There is also the matter of Denmark never previously hosting the tournament, not a deciding measure but may have helped considering Sweden have hosted before and Denmark are unlikely to ever do so on their own.
As for Russia (also never hosted), they will be using a new 69,500-seat stadium in St Petersbug, set to be used for the World Cup.
The stadium in Azerbaijan is also a new build. Baku has been getting the vote for plenty of international events to host in this decade, there's the first-ever European Olympics next year, 2012 FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup, Eurovision Song Contest 2012 (although that one is down to winning the contest, which has its own 'voting controversies' ), and strangest of all, hosting the 'European Grand Prix' in F1 as of 2016 on a Baku Street Circuit, F1 being the only one of those events which has Azerbaijan down as an Asian country...
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September 22nd, 2014, 1:59 pm #32

mattsanger92 wrote:
So, following on from France 2016, UEFA Euro 2020 can now be referred to as England/Germany/Italy/Russia/Azerbaijan/Hungary/Belgium/Romania/Netherlands/Spain/Scotland/Ireland/Denmark 2020. Got it?
Or EGIRAHBRNSSID 2020 for short.  Or if anagrams are allowed, how about  BIDS GARNISHER
Or BIAS HERD GRINS, which seems appropriate in these situations.Or possibly BANISH GIRDERS, a cruel slight against Irn Bru following the referendum.
Also actually the first international match was in Partick, not Glasgow (although Partick later became part of Glasgow).
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September 22nd, 2014, 2:02 pm #33

pieter wrote:
for the rest: megalomania (24 teams  already in 2016), in Asia they will also have 24 teams in 2019, why not invite everybody?  
Yes, like the old Asian Games system, could be fun.  I did suggest this already on another topic (about making the World Cup a direct knockout).   But perhaps they know that 24 is the best number.
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September 22nd, 2014, 4:16 pm #34

Knew about Partick, and would use that as the answer if anyone asked where the match was played, but was just generalising for convenience's sake and the Glasgow context here. Not many people would say that the final of this tournament is going to be in Brent...
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September 23rd, 2014, 9:34 am #35

mattsanger92 wrote:
Knew about Partick, and would use that as the answer if anyone asked where the match was played, but was just generalising for convenience's sake and the Glasgow context here. Not many people would say that the final of this tournament is going to be in Brent...
Indeed, though Brent is part of "London"  (as in Greater London).  Whereas Partick was not part of Glasgow at that time.
Although, Wembley was formerly a borough in itself (of Middlesex, pre 1965).  It still has a Harrow postcode rather than a London one. 
A lot of these famous or national stadiums are technically just outside the cities with which they are most synonymous, especially those constructed more recently.  Which makes it awkward for pedants such as myself to list matches.
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September 24th, 2014, 4:33 pm #36

Or the more irritating on the eye moments when tournament organisers can't make their mind up for the city name on the stadium overlays... official host cities in recent international tournaments have included those famed locations of Innsbruck-Tirol and Mangaung/Bloemfontein...
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May 15th, 2016, 8:29 am #37

We may accept an Australian bid.
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May 15th, 2016, 9:04 am #38

I still think Morocco should join UEFA, after their recent treatment by CAF. Though they would do well to remain firmly out of Eurovision.
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May 15th, 2016, 2:31 pm #39

Morocco already participated once to the Eurovision song contest in 1980
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May 15th, 2016, 4:04 pm #40

Booo. CAF should punish them harder.
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June 14th, 2017, 2:30 pm #41

So it looks like one of the 13 hosts may need to be replaced. If Belgium's Eurostadium can't get itself built, then Wales have indicated a willingness to step in for them...
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August 30th, 2017, 4:55 pm #42

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September 20th, 2017, 5:02 pm #43

UEFA have now given Belgium until November to give the right guarantees, and invited England, Sweden, and Wales to bid for their matches with a deadline in December should they fail...
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September 20th, 2017, 6:27 pm #44

I though Macclesfield did already bid?
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September 21st, 2017, 2:40 pm #45

nfm24 wrote: I though Macclesfield did already bid?
That's the 2026 World Cup, they're not wasting their free WiFi on some minor tournament, who do you think they are?
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September 21st, 2017, 2:59 pm #46

Ah yes, quite right, the Euros should be for Hyde or Scunthorpe.
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September 28th, 2017, 4:05 pm #47

Draw date for this tournament's qualifiers confirmed as 2nd December 2018, to be hosted in Dublin...
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December 7th, 2017, 12:38 pm #48

Belgium have offically wasted their opportunity dropped their load and UEFA have decided to put it on England's back, at the expense of bids from Sweden and Wales. On the one hand I'm really pleased at the news considering I can get there a lot easier, on the other it kind of goes against their whole spirit of 'spreading it around' a little bit, plus my bias wanted to see Wales get something too, England already have the tournament's back-end to look forward to.

Meanwhile, it's been decided that the tournament's Opening Match will be played in Rome (I know Glasgow were bidding for that, hard luck there). And the 'pairings' that will be hosting each group were announced as follows, some more geographically-minded than others:
  • Group A: 🇮🇹/🇦🇿
  • Group B: 🇷🇺/🇩🇰
  • Group C: 🇳🇱/🇷🇴
  • Group D: [redactedENG]/[redactedSCO] (or just 🇬🇧)
  • Group E: 🇪🇸/🇮🇪
  • Group F: 🇩🇪/🇭🇺
It also means that whichever of those (now 12) host countries qualify for the finals, those will be the groups they enter.
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December 8th, 2017, 4:51 pm #49

mattsanger92 wrote:Group D: [redactedENG]/[redactedSCO] (or just 🇬🇧)
Rectify this incessant nonsense at once.
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