Nineteen countries still bidding for Euro 2020, 13 drop out

Written by Reuters | Updated: Apr 26 2014, 22:00pm hrs
Thirteen countries have dropped out of the race to host matches Euro 2020 while 19 have said they are in the race, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Saturday.

UEFA added that England and Germany were the only countries who had bid to stage the semi-finals and final.

The tournament will be held in 13 countries around the continent. Twelve of those will each stage three group matches plus a match from either the round of 16 or knockout stage while the 13th will stage the two semi-finals plus final. Each country can use one host city.

UEFA said that the 19 countries who had sent bid dossiers by Friday's final deadline were: Azerbaijan (Baku), Belarus (Minsk), Belgium (Brussels), Bulgaria (Sofia), Denmark (Copenhagen), England (London), Macedonia (Skopje), Germany (Munich), Hungary (Budapest), Israel (Jerusalem), Italy (Rome), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Ireland (Dublin), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (St Petersburg), Scotland (Glasgow), Spain (Bilbao), Sweden (Stockholm) and Wales (Cardiff).

Armenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Kazakhstan, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine were the countries who previously expressed interest in bidding but did not submit dossiers.

The 13 host nations will be selected at UEFA's executive committee meeting in Geneva on Sept. 19.

"We are extremely happy to have received so many bids to host Euro 2020," said UEFA president Michel Platini.

"The 60th year anniversary edition of the tournament will be an historic one with matches played in many European countries.

"By spreading the Euro across our continent, we will allow more fans from more nations to share in the excitement of hosting such a magical event.

"Member associations will also benefit greatly from this format, since more of them will be exposed to an elite tournament and have the opportunity to increase the development of football in their respective countries.