UEFA confirm continent-wide staging for Euro 2020

Euro 2020 will be held across the entire continent of Europe rather than staged in one single country, the Daily Mirror has reported, as an idea from Michel Platini, the president of UEFA, the governing body, comes to fruition.

The plan goes that the semi-finals and final of the competition will be held in one country, with the Football Association expressing an interest in hosting the latter stages of the tournament at Wembley and Old Trafford. But the make-up of the rest of Euro 2020 remains up in the air, with as many as 20 cities involved, according to UEFA’s general secretary, Gianni Infantino.

Infantino added that the existing rule that sees the host nation automatically qualify for the competition would be suspended, raising the possibility that a city could host a fixture even though the country itself has no involvement in the competition at a playing level. Infantino also stressed that the “Euro for Europe” is not a permanent re-design of the competition, but rather a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the European Championships.

This is only about 2020, not going forward forever,” Infantino said, adding: “The fact we are talking about a ¬tournament of 24 teams bears additional burdens on countries to host such an event and makes it more ¬difficult as the requirements become bigger.

The last hosts of the competition, held in 2012, were Poland and Ukraine, with Spain winning their second consecutive European Championship and third in total. The next hosts, in 2016, will be Platini’s France.

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