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Seven associations in the running for Euro 2020’s showpiece package

Seven associations in the running for Euro 2020’s showpiece package

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London’s Wembley Stadium is competing against Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and five other bids to host the showpiece package of UEFA Euro 2020, according to Sky News.

London’s Wembley Stadium is competing against Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and five other bids to host the showpiece package of UEFA Euro 2020, according to Sky News.

UEFA announced on Friday that 32 of its member associations met the September 12 deadline to state their interest in hosting games during Euro 2020, which will be staged in 13 cities across the continent. The matches will be split into 13 different packages, with 12 standard packages, including three group matches and one knockout round (round of 16 or quarter-final), and one package for the semi-finals and the final.

Along with England and Wales, it is understood that five other associations are bidding for the showpiece package. Germany (Berlin), Belgium (Brussels) and Turkey (Istanbul) have all presented single bids for Euro 2020, while Spain (Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia) and Ukraine (Donetsk and Kyiv) have yet to settle on their candidate city. Istanbul is the strong favourite to be awarded the semi-finals and final package and Football Association general secretary Alex Horne concedes Turkey is in the box seat.

He said: “Euro 2020 is something we very much want to be part of. There are seven countries bidding for the finals and we are one. We get the sympathy around Turkey having missed out on the (2020) Olympics; they are the front-runners to stage the semi-final and final. If that was the case we would still want to stage a group game and perhaps a quarter-final.”