The Football Association of the Czech Republic has become the latest European national governing body to throw its hat into the ring to host games during the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.
The Association’s secretary general, Rudolf Repka, said that the organisation plans to declare its interest to football’s European governing body by the September 12 deadline. The Association will then submit its detailed final bid document by April 25.
The country will have to build a new stadium that seats at least 30,000 in order to host a match during the tournament. According to the Associated Press, Repka said that the proposed venue is likely to be in Prague, but he gave no further details. UEFA confirmed in January that Euro 2020 would be staged across 13 different cities in Europe as part of a major restructuring of the quadrennial national team tournament.
The idea to spread the football tournament across Europe was first suggested by UEFA president Michel Platini in June 2012 after a lukewarm response to the governing body’s deadline for expressions of interest in hosting the tournament in its traditional manner. The ‘Euro for Europe’ vision foresees that matches will be split into 13 different packages, with 12 ordinary packages including three group matches and one knockout round (round of 16 or quarter-finals), and one package for the semi-finals and the final.