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Georgia, Azerbaijan plan bid to co-host Euro 2020

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -Georgia's president says his country plans to form a joint bid with neighboring Azerbaijan to co-host the 2020 European Championship.

President Mikhail Saakashvili made the announcement on Wednesday while addressing Azerbaijan's parliament.

Neither former Soviet nation has ever qualified for a major international football competition since gaining independence in 1991.

UEFA is likely to invite bids to host Euro 2020 early next year with a vote scheduled for May 2014.

Turkey has already expressed interest in hosting the competition.

Ukraine and Poland are co-hosting Euro 2012, which starts on June 8 with Poland playing Greece in Warsaw.

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Now that 24 teams (instead of 16) will play in the EURO from 2016 onwards, the demands for future EURO hosts will be even higher. So countries like Georgia and Azerbaijan with still underdeveloped infrastructure will have to take huge struggles to provide everything needed in time for their tournament.

So I think that in the future, the big countries with developed infrastructure have a huge advantage in the EURO races. And after the big adventure Poland/Ukraine, I don't see UEFA daring an even bigger adventure already eight years later.

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Turkey has a good chance (only if they don't win SOG 2020); Azerbaijan and Georgia for my taste need much more infrastructure and get a higher football level... What about Spain? I've heared they might bid too!

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Under the new 24 team format, you need to provide 9 stadiums and I think an additional 3 stadiums in reserve unless you can absolutely guarantee those 9.

The capacities need to be:

2x 50,000 seats

3x 40,000 seats

4x 30,000 seats

but once you take into account VIP and press, the capacity minimum tends to be about 4,000 seats higher.

I think the winner of the 2020 Olympics could have an impact. If its Istanbul, Baku or Madrid, you'd think they'd struggle to host the tournament.

Those expected to bid include:

Georgia/Azerbaijan

Croatia/Bosnia/Serbia

Czech Rep / Slovakia

Romania/Bulgaria

Ireland/Scotland/Wales

with single bids from

Turkey

Germany

Netherlands

Belgium

For me Turkey are the favourites. If Istanbul is awarded 2020 then Germany look incredibly strong in the current economic climate wiith every stadium in place.

If Madrid aren't awarded 2020, I'd like to see a Spanish bid. They've only held the Euros once in 1964 when there were only 4 teams and they certainly have all the necessary stadiums. A potential bid could be:

Madrid Bernabeu - 80,354

Barcelona Nou Camp - 100,000

Valencia Nou Mestalla - 75,000

Sevilla La Cartuja - 57,580

Bilbao San Mames Barria - 53,000

Zaragoza La Romareda - 34,596

Elche - 38,750

Murcia - 31,179

La Coruna Riazor - 35,000

There are also extra stadiums in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville plus other new stadiums being built

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The bids depend SOG 2020. But if we imagine SOG in Japan or Doha, we could have :

- Turkey (like in 2016)

- Italia (like in 2016)

- Spain ?

- Bulgaria/ Romania ?

- Norway/ Sweden ?

- Irland/Wales/Scotland ? (Have you something about this bid? )

- Germany ?

The favorite will be Turkey, and second Italia... But maybe we will have a surprise.

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The bids depend SOG 2020. But if we imagine SOG in Japan or Doha, we could have :

- Turkey (like in 2016)

- Italia (like in 2016)

- Spain ?

- Bulgaria/ Romania ?

- Norway/ Sweden ?

- Irland/Wales/Scotland ? (Have you something about this bid? )

- Germany ?

The favorite will be Turkey, and second Italia... But maybe we will have a surprise.

If Italy can't host the Olympics I'd be surprised if they host the Euro's

England might be a candidate - it would cost us nothing as all the stadia are already there.

Germany have never held the Euro's before (they were West Germany in 1988) whilst when Spain held it in 1964, there were only 4 teams. Again they've got everything in place.

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If Italy can't host the Olympics I'd be surprised if they host the Euro's

England might be a candidate - it would cost us nothing as all the stadia are already there.

Germany have never held the Euro's before (they were West Germany in 1988) whilst when Spain held it in 1964, there were only 4 teams. Again they've got everything in place.

England hosted in 1996, It's too soon for a new bid... maybe around 2028-32. But yeah, Germany and Spain could be bid for 2020.

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I don't think Germany will try to bid, at least till 2028... they have good staddium infrsatructure but maybe by 2028 they'll need more... Italy is among my favorite choices, but the economic situation hmmm i don't think so, anyways Italy do needs to change their stadiums!!

Turkey is the clear frontrunner, but if they get 2020 SOG, then Spain will be a good choice, i will also support a norddic bid from Sweden and Norway

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There is absolutely no hint that Germany will bid for EURO 2020. I guess we would have heard about that already at this stage. It's simply too soon after the 2006 men's World Cup and the 2011 women's World Cup, and there's also uncertainty whether Germany will bid for the Olympic Games (either summer or winter) again within this decade. I think that an Olympic bid will have the priority in Germany for this decade. Thus they probably won't bid for another big football tournament before 2020.

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Edit: I just read that Wolfgang Niersbach, the new president of the German Football Association, said shortly after his election that a German bid for EURO 2020 or 2024 would be "interesting". But he added that a German bid would be realistic only if the strong contenders Turkey, Italy, Spain and Portugal surprisingly didn't run.

So, all in all: There won't be a German EURO bid soon. Maybe (but only maybe) for 2024, but I rather expect it for a later edition.

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That's being too modest, Germany itself knows they can win over Italy, Portugal and Spain if they want to! But Germany it's alright so as i've said by 2028 Germany may have a clear chance ;) i will prefer to see Germany applicng for 2022 WOG insted ;)

What about Romania-Hungary? what do you think?

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That's being too modest, Germany itself knows they can win over Italy, Portugal and Spain if they want to! But Germany it's alright so as i've said by 2028 Germany may have a clear chance ;) i will prefer to see Germany applicng for 2022 WOG insted ;)

What about Romania-Hungary? what do you think?

No infrastructure there (Romania and Hungary) maybe another safe host before a co-host hosts again.

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I agree, Germany won't bid soon, but in 2024 we can bid and include:

Berlin (Olympiastadion) 74,000

Munich (Olympiastadion) 69,000 - it needs to be modern

Munich (Allianz) 66,000

Duesseldorf (LTU) 55,000

Dortmund (Signal Indua Park) 65,000

Hamburg 50,000

Frankfurt 48,000

Hannover 46,000

Stuttgart 60,000

Leipzig 43,000

Leverkusen 30,000

Dresden 35,000 -let's try more east cities

Romania don't, but Hungary does!

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There is absolutely no hint that Germany will bid for EURO 2020. I guess we would have heard about that already at this stage. It's simply too soon after the 2006 men's World Cup and the 2011 women's World Cup, and there's also uncertainty whether Germany will bid for the Olympic Games (either summer or winter) again within this decade. I think that an Olympic bid will have the priority in Germany for this decade. Thus they probably won't bid for another big football tournament before 2020.

There were Euro in France in 1984, World cup in 1998 and Euro in 2016... Maybe Germany should try to bid in 2020. But if Istanbul loose SoG, Euro will be a priority for Turkey.

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Of course if England chose to bid, they could host it tomorrow

Wembley 90,000

The Emirates 60,342

New White Hart Lane 56,250+

Old Trafford 76,000

Etihad Stadium 48,000

St James's Park 52,000

Stadium of Light 49,000

Elland Road 40,000

Villa Park 42,000

Anfield 45,000

before we consider new stadiums or expanded stadiums such as Southampton, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham or the redeveloped Olympic stadium.

As England cannot bid for the Rugby World Cup, FIFA World Cup, Summer Olympics etc for some time, then that leaves the Euros.

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But England hosted Euro in 1996 still's too soon!! :P To my taste England must bid at least by 2028... Same for Germany :P

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But England hosted Euro in 1996 still's too soon!! :P To my taste England must bid at least by 2028... Same for Germany :P

2020- Turkey?

2024- Western Europe (too many candidates that could beat England)

2028 - Eastern Europe.

2032- Probably the earliest time for another English bid.

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There were Euro in France in 1984, World cup in 1998 and Euro in 2016... Maybe Germany should try to bid in 2020. But if Istanbul loose SoG, Euro will be a priority for Turkey.

France will host the EURO 2016 because of Platini! Not because it had a good bid.

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France will host the EURO 2016 because of Platini! Not because it had a good bid.

The hosts are elected by the UEFA members and don't get selected because of a good technical plan. In this case e.g. Rio couldn't have won the 2016 Summer Olympics and Istanbul would probably never have a chance to host.

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France will host the EURO 2016 because of Platini! Not because it had a good bid.

The bid was very strong, 4 news stadium (Lille (55 000), Lyon (65 000), Nice (35 000), Bordeaux (45 000),), Marseille stadium (65 000) is completely destroy and re-building, 4 stadiums are extended (Paris (65 000), Toulouse (40 000), Saint Etienne (45 000), Lens) and le Stade de France (80 000) is ready. Moreover France is in the connection between England, Belgium, Germany, Italia, Spain, Switzerland, perfect for spectator and there lot of facilities with airport, highway and High Speed Train... What do you want to have a strong bid? Platini influenced some members but the bid was strong.

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France's bid was the best!!! Accept it, i wanted Turkey to win, but France did so and if you think it is the most visitated country in the world a good economy and many other stuff, France was the best option!

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Bidding process for UEFA EURO 2020 decided

The UEFA Executive Committee completed its two-day meeting in Istanbul today and decided on the bidding process for UEFA EURO 2020.

An invitation will be sent out to all 53 UEFA member associations, outlining minimum criteria in terms of number and capacity of stadiums, and the national associations will have until 15 May to declare their interest in hosting the 24-team final tournament.

If only one expression of interest is received, UEFA would then proceed with collecting all necessary guarantees with the aim of confirming the hosts.

Should more associations declare their interest, UEFA would then launch an 18-month bidding process allowing for candidates to elaborate the bid dossiers. A detailed timeline and bidding process would be developed, and a decision on the hosts would be scheduled for the end of 2013/beginning of 2014.

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A French bid is always going to be strong for a European Championship and to suggest otherwise is fanciful. However, if it is too early for England to bid for 2020, then wasn't it too early for France to bid for 2016 after the 1998 World Cup? Possibly so. The point is I don't think the gap between previous hostings is that big a barrier, particularly in the context of the move to a 24-team tournament.

All that said, I don't think we will bid for 2020. Even though we would undoubtedly have one of the strongest technical bids, I don't sense any great desire in England to bid for a major football tournament any time soon.

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