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Final Euro 2020 Host Bids Submitted; Germany, England Vie To Host Semis, Final
Published April 28, 2014
BACKING OUT: REUTERS' Ken Farris reported Turkey, Switzerland and France "pulled out of the race to host matches at Euro 2020." Istanbul "was among the favorites" to stage the final and semifinals, but Turkey withdrew because "it wanted to host the whole tournament rather than sharing it with other cities and would bid for the Euro 2024 finals instead." Friday was the deadline for countries to hand in their bid dossiers to UEFA, with the venues to be chosen in September. The Swiss, who had put forward Basel as their proposed venue, co-hosted Euro 2008 with Austria and said that "they thought this would reduce their chances of being awarded matches." France "decided not to put Lyon forward as a candidate city for Euro 2020 because the country is already hosting the 2016 edition." French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet said, "In the name of solidarity ... I would like to tell UEFA president Michel Platini we are going to drop our bid." Earlier this week, the Czech Republic and Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland "pulled out of the bidding for 2020 while Belgium confirmed it would put Brussels forward as a candidate city" (REUTERS, 4/25).