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SBD Global/January 29, 2013/International Football

Bulgaria Considers Bid To Host Euro 2020 Match, Vying For Smaller Stadium Option

Bulgarian Football Union President Borislav Mihaylov said that he will meet with PM Boiko Borisov "to discuss a possible bid to host a Euro 2020 match," according to Angel Krasimirov of REUTERS. Mihaylov, who is also a UEFA Exec Committee member, said: "In general, all games must be played at 50,000-capacity stadiums or at bigger ones. UEFA will make only two exceptions and give two cities, which have stadiums with smaller capacity, the chance to host matches. This will be done to give smaller countries like Bulgaria an opportunity to host a match in the group stage." Bulgaria's Vasil Levski national stadium, located in the center of capital Sofia, has 43,230 seats "but needs to be renovated to meet criteria set by UEFA." Mihaylov: "The most important thing now is to talk to Prime Minister Boiko Borisov in the coming days about the government's intentions, and whether it wants to participate in the construction of a stadium that meets the criteria set by UEFA" (REUTERS, 1/28).
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