Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Turkey has officially confirmed in writing that it would like to host the 2020 European Championships finals.

"Today we sent our candidacy file to host the European football championships ... to UEFA headquarters," Yildirim Demiroren, president of the TFF, wrote on the Turkish Football Federation's website yesterday.

Turkey had hoped to host the next European Championships in 2016 but that bid was won by 1998 FIFA World Cup hosts France. 

Countries interested in hosting the 2020 tournament have until May 15 to lodge an official bid. Amongst the criteria for any potential host is the requirement for the 2020 host nation to have two stadiums with 50,000 seats; three stadiums with 40,000 capacities and at least four stadiums which can provide seating for 30,000 spectators.

To date, fourteen countries have expressed an interest in staging Euro 2020 but only Turkey has provided an official bid in writing. 

Other countries that are expected to submit a bid before the May 15 deadline include Germany and Holland, as well as joint bids from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Georgia and oil-rich Azerbaijan.