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Who will bid and when will the host nation be announced?


Euro 2028: Who will bid and when will the host nation be announced?

On Tuesday afternoon, UEFA announced all the details about the 2028 European Championship.

Germany will host the next Euros, in 2024, and that competition will start in just 976 days.

Below are all the details that are known so far about Euro 2028.

What will the format be?

As has been the case since 2016, the European Championship Finals will feature 24 teams divided into six groups of four.

The qualifying format is still unknown, but it is likely to be similar to Euro 2020.

This means that group winners and runners-up are automatically qualified with play-off spots awarded based on the teams’ performances in the Nations League.

How many places do you need to host?

Euro 2028: Who will bid and when will the host nation be announced?

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: A general external view of Wembley ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, UK. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images)

Ten stadiums will host matches at Euro 2028 and must have the following minimum capacities:

  • 3 stadiums with capacity for more than 30,000
  • 4 stadiums with capacity for more than 40,000
  • 1 stadium (preferably 2) with capacity for 50,000+
  • 1 stadium with capacity for more than 60,000, to host the final and the opening match.

What are the key dates for potential hosts?

March 23, 2022 – Deadline for National Associations to formally confirm their interest in hosting.

March 30, 2022 – Hosting requirements for potential hosts confirmed.

April 5, 2022: Announcement of the list of selected candidates.

April 12, 2023: deadline for the submission of the file of possible hosts.

September 2023: Hots announced by UEFA

Who has expressed interest in bidding?

Turkey

Euro 2028: Who will bid and when will the host nation be announced?

Czech fans cheer before the start of the Euro 2008 Group A final match between Turkey and the Czech Republic on June 15, 2008 at the Stade de Geneve in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS – MOBILE SERVICES OUT – (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS / AFP via Getty Images)

Turkey has applied to host the last five euros (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020 and 2024) without being successful.

The city of Istanbul has also bet on hosting the 2000, 2008 and 2020 Olympics without coming close to winning.

There are currently 16 stadiums in Turkey with that significant capacity of 30,000+.

However, very few meet UEFA standards and the four largest that do are based in the country’s capital.

The Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı is the largest at 75,000 and has / will host the 2005 and 2023 Champions League Finals.

Nihat Özdemir, president of the Turkish Football Federation, has confirmed that they will again be presented as the venue for the Eurocup.

Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia

In 2019, it was confirmed that Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia would come together to bid for either Euro 2028 or the 2030 World Cup.

Its provisional bid for the World Cup would see four host venues in each of the four nations, as 16 are needed for the expanded World Cup.

However, it remains to be seen which cities and stadiums will be formally unveiled if they make an official offer for the euros.

Only seven stadiums in the four nations have a capacity of more than 30,000 people and are a UEFA category four venue, the highest rating that can be received.

What is also unknown is whether the financial problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will derail any potential offerings.

Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway

In 2016, the Danish FA expressed interest in a joint bid between themselves and other Nordic nations to host a European Championship.

This would cause the tournament to be divided into Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

However, only four stadiums in these four countries are UEFA category four and have a capacity of more than 30,000.

These are located in Copenhagen, Helsinki, with two in Stockholm, the largest of which is the Friends Arena in Sweden with 50,000 spectators.

Another hurdle is the fact that UEFA will only allow a maximum of two hosts to qualify automatically.

This could be another possible sticking point for an offering like this in multiple countries.

Italy

Euro 2028: Who will bid and when will the host nation be announced?

MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 4: A general view of the UEFA Nations League Trophy ahead of the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on October 4, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio Puglia – UEFA / UEFA via Getty Images)

Italy hosted the European Championship in 1968 and 1980, as well as the World Cups in 1934 and, more recently, in 1990.

Shortly after Italy won this summer’s Euro Cup, Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Football Federation, put forward the idea that they would bid for Euro 2028.

In October 2021, it hosted the UEFA Nations League final with matches played at the Allianz and San Siro stadiums.

Surprisingly, those are two of only three venues in the country with more than 30,000 seats and a UEFA category four ranking.

The other is the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, which partially hosted Euro 2020, including the opening match.

This is because many of the stadiums were built for Italy ’90, so they are now old and would need to be renovated if they were to host a future tournament.

Spain and Portugal

Spain, host of the 1982 World Cup, and Portugal, host of Euro 2004, have planned to host a tournament together for many years.

Currently, they are Europe’s leading candidates to host the 2030 World Cup, but face stiff competition from other continents.

Nine stadiums in Spain have the requirements to host matches in the final of the European Championship.

Meanwhile, Estádio da Luz and Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon and Estádio do Dragão in Porto would also be excellent, already at the height of the venues.

Don’t be one bit surprised if Euro 2028 or World Cup 2030 wins this offer.

England

Euro 2028: Who will bid and when will the host nation be announced?

London, England – February 25: A general view of Wembley Stadium during the Carabao Cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / Getty Images)

Earlier this year, British Prime Minister Bois Johnson announced that he would back a bid for the UK to host the 2030 World Cup.

If this were to be successful, given that 16 venues would be needed, it would be played in England, Scotland, Wales, and potentially all of Ireland.

However, for a European Championship requiring only ten stadiums, England could bid alone.

For World Cup bids, UEFA does not want two European bids to reach the final round to avoid the possibility of the vote being split.

As it stands, Portugal / Spain looks more likely to go this far in the World Cup bidding.

Then the FA could turn its attention to Euro 2028.

With numerous large and iconic stadiums, very little renovation would be needed.

Soccer could come home in 2028, as it did in 1996, but there is still a long way to go.



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