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Bulgaria aborts bid to host Euro 2020 football championship

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Thu, Apr 19 2012 8582 Views
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Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) decided to cancel any future exploration on the issue of submitting a joint bid with Romania to host the Euro 2020 football championship, BFU president Borislav Mihailov said on April 19.

For the past two years, BFU has been looking into the matter and has even won the support of Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, an avid football fan and amateur player.

Part of the reason was Bulgaria's successful bid to host the under-17 European championship in 2015, Mihailov said.

"The other reason is that Turkey, which has already submitted a formal bid, is fully ready. They came just one vote short of winning last time around, so they are probably the favourites," he said. Poland and Ukraine will host this year's tournament and France has won the right to host the 2016 championship.

"We can realistically consider a joint bid in 2028, since there cannot be back-to-back tournaments in the same region [of Europe]," Mihailov said. Before that, Bulgaria would likely make another bid to host the under-21 championship.

The under-17 tournament will have 16 participating teams, which will play in eight stadiums across southern Bulgaria, mainly in and around Plovdiv and Bourgas. Five stadiums already meet the Uefa criteria for the tournament, but three more will have to be renovated.

BFU hopes to spend no more than three million leva on organising the event, with one third of that sum coming from Uefa.

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