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April 1, 2005

Bid race for Euro 2012 hotting up

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Bid race for Euro 2012 hotting up
CNN International – Jan 28, 2005
Italy and the Ukraine are also expected to throw their hat into the ring by the January 31 deadline for bids. Much of the spotlight will now fall on the Greece’s attempt to bring another major international sporting event to their shores. “Sports Minister Giorgos Orphanos telephoned the head of the Greek football association to tell him the government has decided to support the bid to host Euro 2012,” a statement from Orphanos’ office said. “Hosting the tournament would undoubtedly have a positive effect in Greek football. “Greece lost an attempt to host the 2008 tournament, which was won by Austria and Switzerland. Hungary’s decision to make a joint bid with Croatia was announced on Friday after the country’s cabinet gave its approval.

Russia makes two-pronged 2012 bid
BBC News – Jan 31, 2005
Vyacheslav Koloskov, boss of Russia’s football union, filed a late bid for Euro 2012 on Monday, just beating the deadline of governing body Uefa. Koloskov said: “No matter how the Olympic vote goes, Moscow is spending lots of money on its infrastructure. “Work on hotels and roads could only help our bid as well.

Russians launch late Euro 2012 submission
rte.ie – Jan 30, 2005
gif’); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 60px 0px;” >Sport Feeds initSlideDownMenu2(); Football ? European Russians launch late Euro 2012 submission Sunday, 30 January 2005 22:10 Russia has filed a late bid to host the 2012 European Championship, just beating Monday’s deadline set by European football’s governing body UEFA. The Russians, who made an unsuccessful attempt to stage the 2008 tournament, waited until the last minute before finally deciding to go ahead with their plan. “We didn’t want to make fools of ourselves by submitting an unprepared bid like we had the last time,” said outgoing Russian football chief Vyacheslav Koloskov. “We needed government guarantees for our bid to have any chance of success and I think we now have a strong case.

Italy launch Euro 2012 bid
TVNZ – Jan 13, 2005
–> Italy launch Euro 2012 bid | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.

Italy ready to bid for Euro 2012
BBC News – Jan 12, 2005
Berlusconi gave the government’s ‘full support’ to the bid after meeting Italian Football Federation chairman Franco Carraro on Wednesday. Italy hosted the European Championship in 1980, and in 1968 when they won it. Bidding against Italy is Greece, while Poland and Ukraine are also considering a joint-bid for the tournament.

ESPNfootballnet – World – Italy prepares bid for Euro 2012
go.com – Jan 11, 2005
A successful bid would allow Italy, host of the 1934 and1990 World Cup, to take full advantage of the diversity of theboot-shaped country. Its world class venues stretch from Udine in the far northby the Austrian border to the Sicilian capital Palermo, which iscloser to north Africa than to the financial capital Milan. Hosting Euro 2012 would also be a boon for Berlusconi, whohas built his political career aided by the success of his SerieA football club AC Milan. Berlusconi’s political party “ForzaItalia” (Go, Italy) is named after the national football chant. The business tycoon is due to stand for re-election in 2006,the same year as the European Championship decision and theTurin Olympics.

Romania renews interest in Euro 2012
go.com – Jan 25, 2005
euroq –>Updated: Jan. 25, 2005Romania renews interest in Euro 2012BUCHAREST, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Romania has renewed its interest in hosting the 2012 European Championship just two months after pulling out of a joint bid with Hungary, Romanian football’s governing body (FRF) said on Tuesday. Romania abandoned plans for a bid with its western neighbourin November because of infrastructure problems. ‘The FRF has written to UEFA starting proceedings forapplying to stage the 2012 European finals,’ FRF deputy generalsecretary Cristian Bivolaru told reporters on Tuesday. Bivolaru did not elaborate on Romania’s infrastructureproblems, which include a lack of suitable stadiums, roads,hotels and airports.

ESPNfootballnet – Europe – Poland, Ukraine in joint Euro 2012 bid?
go.com – Jan 25, 2005
euroq –>Updated: Jan. 25, 2005Poland, Ukraine plot joint Euro 2012 bidWARSAW, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Poland and Ukraine are all set to lodge a joint bid to host the 2012 European football championships after the Warsaw government gave its official go-ahead on Tuesday, Polish ministers said. Deputy Sports Minister Wieslaw Wilczynski said the bid wouldbe launched by the end of January, pitting the European Union’slargest newcomer and its poorer eastern neighbour against rivalsincluding Italy, Russia and Greece. With a joint population of almost 90 million, the pair wouldoffer one of the largest ever domestic audiences for thechampionship, but they must first secure an estimated €600-700 million to invest in stadiums and infrastructure. Poland hopes local and central government money along withEU structural aid and private investment will pay for five newstadiums and upgrades of its crumbling road and rail networks,little altered since the 1989 fall of communism.

Croatia-Hungary in Euro 2012 bid
go.com – Jan 20, 2005
20, 2005Croatia-Hungary in Euro 2012 bidZAGREB, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The Croatian cabinet have given their approval for a joint bid with Hungary to host the 2012 European Championship. Croatia and Hungary hope to host two four-team groups eachfor the 16-team event, which is the second largest internationalfootball tournament behind the World Cup. Government approval is one of the more important elementsrequired for a successful bid. The neighbouring countries will face tough competition fromItaly and European champions Greece, while Poland and Ukraineare also considering a joint bid.

Deadline nears for EURO bids
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Jan 10, 2005
December 2006 decisionBid dossiers must be submitted to UEFA by 21 July 2005, and the Executive Committee will draw up a short list of up to three bidders in November 2005. The hosts of EURO 2012 will be named in December 2006. Two phasesThe bidding process for the EURO 2012 final round has been divided into two phases, with the objective being to save resources not only for UEFA, but also for bidding associations. Joint hosts in 2008The 2008 finals will be hosted jointly by neighbouring countries Austria and Switzerland, who signed the staging agreement with UEFA in Vienna in November.

uefa.com
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Mar 8, 2005
The associations have been briefed on areas such as product management, operations, legal issues, accommodation, marketing, safety and security and finance. The candidate associations have also been given the chance to put questions to UEFA’s experts to clarify any concerns they may have at this stage. First phaseThe EURO 2012™ bidding process has been divided into two phases, as a means of saving resources for all concerned. The first phase will lead to the pre-selection of three bidders after candidates present their initial bid dossiers by 21 July, 2005. Second phaseConsequently, the UEFA Executive Committee will draw up a shortlist of three candidates in November 2005, and following a period where the candidates can fine-tune their bids, the Executive Committee will take the final decision on the hosts of EURO 2012™ in December 2006. High numberOutlining many of the conditions and requirements that are necessary in staging a EURO final round, UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson welcomed the high number of candidates.

Hopefuls set for workshop
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Mar 6, 2005
Eight bidsTen national football associations, involved in eight bids, are starting out on the road which they hope will end in them hosting the UEFA European Championship finals in seven years’ time. Concerns clarifiedUEFA officials will brief the candidates about the wide spectrum of criteria which will form part of their bids – such as product management, operations, legal issues, accommodation, marketing, safety and security and finance… Concerns clarifiedUEFA officials will brief the candidates about the wide spectrum of criteria which will form part of their bids – such as product management, operations, legal issues, accommodation, marketing, safety and security and finance. The candidate associations will also be able to put questions to UEFA’s experts to clarify any concerns they may have at this stage. Two phasesThe bidding process for EURO 2012™ has been split into two phases, as a means of saving resources for UEFA and the bidding associations. The first phase will lead to the pre-selection of three bidders, and the final decision on the host association will follow in a second phase. Final decisionThe first phase will see candidates present their initial bid dossiers by 21 July, 2005. Consequently, the UEFA Executive Committee will draw up a shortlist of three candidates in November 2005, and following a period where the candidates can fine-tune their bids, the Executive Committee will take the final decision on the hosts of EURO 2012™ in December 2006.

Greats of world game in Tsunami charity match
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 15, 2005
6 per cent of votes in the election, or 259 out of 275. “I would like to leave the federation with a success at the end of 2006, with Italy being chosen to host the 2012 European Championships,” Carraro said after his election. UEFA will announce in December 2006 which country has been chosen to stage Euro 2012. The Italian federation have already been assured of government support in their bid, including investment for new stadiums. Carraro’s previous four-year mandate was less than successful for Italian football, with the national team facing early elimination in the 2002 World Cup and at Euro 2004, and Italian clubs feuding about quotas on television rights. Valencia president Juan Bautista Soler has said he will not discuss the future of coach Claudio Ranieri until the end of the season.

SFA ploughs its profit into youth
BBC News – Jan 20, 2005
“The SFA board has recently agreed new criteria for clubs participating in the youth initiative leagues and our financial support will increasingly be geared to these standards. “We also recognise, as part of the youth action plan, the need to develop structures and systems to help support the grassroots of the game and this will be a major focus for the SFA in 2005. ” Taylor recently announced that Scotland would not be bidding to host the Euro 2012 championships as it would be concentrating on developing talent for the national team.

Spoke In Parliament’s Wheel’s Of Influence
Scottish Fitba – Jan 15, 2005
With the euphoria still buoying the country as current European champions, who would bet against Greece and Italy being the ones to fight it out when the decision is made in December 2006?The motion before parliament was submitted by SNP MSP for Aberdeen North, Brian Adam. Understandably, he wants his day in the spotlight and has issued the following statement commenting on the SFA announcement that they do not intend to bid to host EURO2012. He said: “I am deeply disappointed that the SFA have ruled out bidding for Euro 2012 and I would strongly urge them to re-think their decision. I have a motion currently before Parliament calling on the government to back a solo Scottish bid to host the 2012 championships and I hope that Ministers will intervene to try and get the SFA to change their mind. The recent European Championships showcased Portugal to the world and I am sure that if the tournament were held here, Scotland would benefit likewise. I do hope that the SFA, the government and all of Scotland can come together and agree to mount a solo bid and work in partnership to ensure that it is a success.

UEFA Futsal Cup: Eastern promise encouraging
noticias.info – Mar 26, 2005
In April Estonia welcomes the delegates of UEFA’s member associations for the XXIX UEFA Congress. ” The Estonian capital, Tallinn, will also stage the next UEFA Executive Committee meeting prior to the congress. EURO 2012? “Furthermore, several east European national associations have declared their intention to bid to host UEFA EURO 2012?,” added the UEFA CEO. Azerbaijan, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine are all either single or joint candidates to stage the tournament. ‘Happy phenomenon’ “This vigour is unquestionably a happy phenomenon for European football as a whole. The fact that these associations are keen to and in a position to successfully organise UEFA events, be they tournaments or congresses, shows the soundness and effectiveness of the policy introduced by UEFA in the early 1990s, following the political upheaval in eastern Europe, when UEFA decided to initiate assistance programmes to help the new football associations born out of that upheaval to fit into and achieve western standards.

Unions call 24-hour action seeking a single auxiliary pension fund
Kathimerini – Jan 29, 2005
Bilateral relations are ?of an exceptional level,? they agreed. On Thursday, Fischer had expressed his country?s ?great shame? at the Nazi massacres at Distomo, Hortiatis and Kalavryta during a memorial for Holocaust victims in Thessaloniki. Euro 2012European football?s governing body UEFA yesterday received Greece?s formal application to host the Euro 2012 championships, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) said. Troubled waterThe Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) yesterday called for French bottled water trading under the name Contrex to be withdrawn from the market for allegedly violating labeling regulations and misleading consumers. EFET objected to the use of phrases such as: ?Contrex ? my dieting mate? and others presenting the product as indispensable for slimmers. The water is safe to drink, according to tests carried out by the General State Laboratory.

Eastern promise encouraging
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Mar 25, 2005
In April Estonia welcomes the delegates of UEFA’s member associations for the XXIX UEFA Congress. ” The Estonian capital, Tallinn, will also stage the next UEFA Executive Committee meeting prior to the congress. EURO 2012™”Furthermore, several east European national associations have declared their intention to bid to host UEFA EURO 2012™,” added the UEFA CEO. Azerbaijan, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine are all either single or joint candidates to stage the tournament. ‘Happy phenomenon’”This vigour is unquestionably a happy phenomenon for European football as a whole. The fact that these associations are keen to and in a position to successfully organise UEFA events, be they tournaments or congresses, shows the soundness and effectiveness of the policy introduced by UEFA in the early 1990s, following the political upheaval in eastern Europe, when UEFA decided to initiate assistance programmes to help the new football associations born out of that upheaval to fit into and achieve western standards.

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