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SBD Global/September 19, 2013/International Football

Turkey Claims To Be Favorite To Host Euro 2020 Semifinals And Final

Turkey believes it is "top of the list" to host the 2020 European Championship final after Istanbul lost the 2020 Olympics race, according to the AP. UEFA President Michel Platini "pledged his conditional support in January for Istanbul getting the elite final and semi-finals hosting package." Turkish Football Federation General Secretary Emre Alkin said, "It is all about the promises and Mr. Platini in a face-to-face conversation promised us -- and I underline that, promised us -- that if we don’t get the Olympic Games we will surely have the final package." UEFA is expected to announce on Friday which "are the formal applicants to host matches at Euro 2020, which will be played in 13 countries." Alkin said he expects "three or four, including Turkey," of UEFA’s 54-member countries to compete for the final package (AP, 9/18).
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