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The Turkish Football Federation believes it is ''top of the list'' to host the 2020 European Championship final.
Emre Alkin, the federation's general secretary, tells The Associated Press that UEFA President Michel Platini ''promised us'' in January that Istanbul would ''surely'' stage the final and semifinals if the city lost the 2020 Olympics hosting race. The IOC chose Tokyo this month.
UEFA should announce on Friday the applicants to host Euro 2020, which will be played in 13 countries.
Alkin says he expects ''three or four'' of UEFA's 54 member countries to compete for the final package.
He says Spain and Hungary are possible candidates, with UEFA choosing the winner next September.
Alkin says the Ataturk Olympic Stadium would be upgraded to hold 80,000 spectators at the tournament.
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UEFA President Michel Platini will wait until next year before deciding whether to run for the FIFA presidency.
''I will take my decision during or after the World Cup in Brazil and not before,'' Platini told European football leaders on Tuesday. ''I have not yet decided what I will do in the future and I want to have a few additional months to think.
A fascinating week for European soccer will likely leave the question of Michel Platini's ambitions to lead FIFA unanswered.
On the field, Bayern Munich begins the defense of its Champions League title on Tuesday when contenders like Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus and Paris Saint-German also begin their campaigns.
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DUBROVNIK, Croatia — UEFA’s 54 member countries support switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter, even though the rest of European football is not ready to agree on anything before consultation with FIFA.
Clubs, leagues and players’ unions which join national federations in the Professional Football Strategy Council declined Thursday to give UEFA President Michel Platini...
UEFA says 32 countries have applied to host matches at the 2020 European Championship.
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino says national associations have not yet been asked whether they will bid to stage the final.
UEFA will choose the 13 host cities in September 2014.
One city will host the final and both semifinals. Twelve cities will host three group-stage matches and...
UEFA's 54 member countries support switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter, even though the rest of European football is not ready to agree.
Clubs, leagues and players' unions which join national federations in the Professional Football Strategy Council declined Thursday to give UEFA President Michel Platini approval for the change, which Sepp Blatter says the FIFA...