The FA will "not rule out a bid to host the European Championship" in '28 and is confident that Wembley "will win the right to stage the final of Euro 2020," according to Martyn Ziegler of the PA. Only Munich is "standing against Wembley" to host the final and semifinals of the '20 tournament -- which will be staged in multiple countries -- "but Germany may pull out to concentrate on bidding for Euro 2024." FA General Secretary Alex Horne said, "We're really confident with our bid" (PA, 8/28). The BBC reported winning bids will be announced on Sept. 19 and Horne believes "one of Dublin, Glasgow and Cardiff could miss out on hosting group games." He "feels Germany are concentrating heavily on 2024" and added, "I'm not going to dwell on their politics. I'm expecting that they're not going to push very hard, to put it another way. They've made it very clear they want 2024 and they're going to have a go at 2024, so they're not going to be pushing hard for the semifinals and final" (BBC, 8/28).
Events and Attractions
The final of the Champions League in '16 "will be played at the new and renovated San Siro stadium" in Milan, which hosted the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Valencia in '01. Since then, "it has not hosted another final." Basel, Switzerland's St. Jakob-Park will host the Europa League final the same year and the 2016 UEFA Supercup will be held in Norway (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 8/28). ... Bilbao, Spain Mayor Ibon Areso "will send a written request" to Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President Angel María Villar and Spanish Superior Sports Council (CSD) President Miguel Cardenal asking for his city's renovated San Mamés stadium to host the final of this year's Copa del Rey (EP, 8/28). ... A threat from Granada hospitality workers "has been fulfilled, and 48 hours from the start" of the FIBA World Cup, the "sector will go on strike to demand a series of improvements to a new labor framework." This news "will no doubt affect the nearly 15,000 visitors expected in the city during the tournament." In addition to fans of the host nation, which is in Granada's Group A, the city will welcome supporters of Brazil, Serbia, France, Egypt and Iran, "primarily from the first three" (LIBERTAD DIGITAL, 8/28).