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SBD Global/April 25, 2014/International Football
Glasgow Launches Bid To Be Among 13 Host Cities For Euro 2020
Published April 25, 2014
PRESSING FORWARD: The AFP reported the Belgian Football Federatoin confirmed that Brussels "will be officially presented" as a Euro 2020 host. Federation President Francois De Keersmacker announced that "a dossier had been passed" onto UEFA. The Belgian capital has "offered to host four matches including the opening fixture as they push ahead with plans for a new stadium suitable for major competitions" (AFP, 4/24). The AP reported the Italian Football Federation "is bidding with Rome's Stadio Olimpico" to host Euro 2020 matches. After initially proposing Milan's San Siro stadium as well, the reshaped bid "focuses entirely on the 72,000-seat Rome venue that hosted the 1960 Olympics and 1990 World Cup final" (AP, 4/24).
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: The PORTUGAL NEWS reported Portugal has "officially withdrawn" from staging a Euro 2020 bid. The news was confirmed when Lisbon Town Hall followed the position taken by Oporto to not launch a bid to become a host city (PORTUGAL NEWS, 4/23). The AP reported Polish FA President Zbigniew Boneik said that it is "withdrawing its bid." Boniek believes Poland stood “slim chances” of being chosen because it hosted Euro 2012. The choice to withdraw was concluded after rating their prospects of success with their two potential venues, Warsaw and Chorzow, as “minimal” (AP, 4/23). CTK reported the Czech FA (FACR) "has definitively given up its effort to make Prague" a host after the city "refused to guarantee the organisation of the football championship." The Prague City Hall "has not signed a contract" with the UEFA and the FACR because of fear that "it would have to cover the costs for the football cup's organisation in the city, if any problems occurred" (CTK, 4/24).