Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

SFA confident over Euro 2020 bid

Hampden Park could host Euro 2020 games

The Scottish Football Association believes the Home Nations or Ireland may see their chances of hosting matches at Euro 2020 boosted if UEFA decides to make the UK a hub for one of the tournament's groups.

Hampden chiefs confirmed on Friday they have submitted an expression of interest for Glasgow to host at least four matches during the European Championships which are to be staged across the continent.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan and president Campbell Ogilvie have held talks with European football's governing body and have received the backing of Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.

As well as Scotland, the FAs representing England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland are among the 32 nations to have submitted bids.

UEFA have confirmed the tournament will be shared among 13 cities across Europe and having staged the UEFA Champions League final in 2002 and the UEFA Cup final in 2007, Regan believes Hampden possesses the capacity and infrastructure, as well as a rich history and heritage, to be a host city.

"We have confirmed our expression of interest to UEFA and have nominated Glasgow as a potential host city," he said.

"Hampden has a proud place in the history of the game going back to the legendary European Cup final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960, and more recently hosting two memorable finals between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final in 2002 and the all-Spanish UEFA Cup final between Sevilla and Espanyol.

"I am aware that 32 members have also expressed an interest, including ourselves, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. I believe we have a great opportunity, especially if Great Britain and Ireland could become a hub, which would ensure ease of planning and travelling for supporters.

"We will now continue our discussions with the relevant parties but it would be fitting if Scotland can not only take part in the tournament but be a host city in what would be the culmination of our strategic plan, Scotland United: A 2020 Vision. "

There will be 13 different packages for Euro 2020, with 12 of them including three group matches and one knock-out game from either the last 16 or quarter-finals. The other package will be to host the semi-finals and final itself.

Final bids must be submitted by April 25, next year, with UEFA announcing the 13 host cities in 12 months' time.

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