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Istanbul, Budapest, Belgrade Among Applicants To Host 13-City Euro 2020 Tournament
Published September 12, 2013
WEMBLEY OUT: The PA's Martyn Ziegler reported England is "expected to drop plans" to bid for the Euro 2020 final and semifinal at Wembley after confirmation that Istanbul "wants to host the climax of the tournament." The FA will, however, "proceed with a bid" to stage group games and a quarterfinal. UEFA President Michel Platini has previously said that "he would back Turkey for Euro 2020 if Istanbul's Olympic bid was unsuccessful" (PA, 9/11).
AMSTERDAM INTERESTED: XINHUA reported the Dutch FA (KNVB) has "officially expressed its interest to propose Amsterdam as one of the host cities" for Euro 2020. The "municipality of Amsterdam," Ajax stadium, the Amsterdam ArenA and the KNVB will now "further discuss the possibilities of a definite bid" (XINHUA, 9/11).
ESPANYOL APPLYING: EL PERIODICO reported La Liga side Espanyol will present its Cornellá-El Prat stadium as a candidate for a host site for Euro 2020. Espanyol "submitted the request" through the Spanish Football Federation. The stadium's capacity means it will "only be able to host games in the group phase because the later stages of the tournament require larger stadiums." UEFA will decide on the host sites in Sept. '14. Espanyol's stadium "was the most modern in Spain" until Athletic Bilbao's new San Mamés stadium was built (EL PERIODICO, 9/10).