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March 1, 2007

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UEFA officials impressed by Hungary’s bid to co-host Euro 2012
International Herald Tribune – Sep 29, 2006
“What we see in Croatia and Hungary is a very strong commitment,” UEFA’s Euro 2012 administrator Giorgio Marchetti said. “We know Hungary and Croatia consider this more than just a football event — they consider it a strong and powerful engine for further development in their countries. ” Croatia and Hungary are competing jointly against Italy and a Poland-Ukraine joint bid. A decision on the bid will be made Dec.

Croatians confident of co-hosting Euro 2012 with Hungary
International Herald Tribune – Sep 26, 2006
“I’m convinced that we will host Euro 2012,” Croatian federation head Vlatko Markovic said Tuesday. “UEFA has no moral reason to deny us. ” Croatia has failed in two bids to host the European Championship, while Hungary has missed out three times. Markovic said a team of six scouts from UEFA — European football’s governing body — were “impressed” during a three-day tour to inspect local stadiums, hotels and other infrastructure… 8 after UEFA emissaries complete a ground evaluation of respective bidders. UEFA scouts visited facilities in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Monday and were to tour sites in the coastal cities of Split and Rijeka before heading east to Osijek on their way to Hungary. Zagreb is bidding for the opening game of Euro 2012, while Budapest hopes to host the final.

UEFA inspecting Italy for Euro 2012
International Herald Tribune – Sep 18, 2006
Italy is one of three finalists for the 2012 tournament, along with joint bids by Poland-Ukraine and Croatia-Hungary. The delegation is visiting eight stadiums in Rome, Naples, Palermo, Bari, Udine, Turin, Milan and Florence. The inspection ends Friday Most of the football stadiums have not been refurbished since Italy hosted the 1990 World Cup. “Italy has organized big sports events like the Turin Olympics, the Mediterranean Games and, soon, the water polo world championships,” Gianni Petrucci, the president of the Italian Olympic Committee, said Monday after meeting with the delegation.

ITALY SEEK TO HOST EURO 2012 – Feb 8, 2007
The FIGC confirmed their candidature following a meeting with their federationpresident Franco Carraro and Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in Rome. “Following the request done by the federal council of the federation we havereceived a positive and convincing response from the government,” said Carraroat a press conference in Rome. “The European Championships is not only a positive chance for the wholecountry but also an opportunity to make us maintain the hard work because youare judged by Europe.

usThe Romanian Football Federation have announcedthey will enter the race to host the European Championships in 2012. “We have already sent a letter to UEFA,” said Cristian Bivolaru, generalsecretary of the Romanian Federation. The Romanian Federation discarded the initial idea of a joint candidature withHungary and will face stiff competition from Italy, Greece, Russia and the CzechRepublic, who have already put their names forward. The deadline given by UEFA, European football’s governing body, for nations topresent their bids for the tournament is January 31.

Johansson predicts expanded Euro 2012 – Nov 12, 2006
Johansson said the Scottish Football Association’s proposal will be accepted at the Uefa Congress, in Dusseldorf, on Jan 25-26. “I am convinced that the majority will vote for this change,” said Johansson. “The difference in quality between national teams is smaller than before.

Wales to reveal Euro 2012 hosts
BBC News – Dec 4, 2006
Uefa’s executive body will reveal the winning bid on 18 April after the three candidates have made their final presentations in the Welsh capital. “This is the first time Wales will have hosted such a massive event,” said Football Association of Wales secretary general David Collins. “A lot of work with have to be done between now and then to ensure the whole thing is a success.

Ukraine had already sought to co-host the event with Russia whose president Vladimir Putin vetoed the idea. Now Poland are set to join Ukraine in a bid to co-host the event. Poland’s ambassador in Kiev Marek Ziolkowski said: “The Polish government has decided to support this idea. Scotland and Republic of Ireland, who failed in a joint bid to stage the 2008 event, are among the others in contention.

Hungary to Spend $1 Billion to Steal Euro Football Championship
Bloomberg – Sep 14, 2006
Its clubs haven’t qualified for theChampions League, Europe’s top competition, in a decade and failedto go beyond the preliminary stages of any tournament this year. Ferencvaros, Hungary’s most successful team, was expelledfrom the top flight because of unpaid debt. Winning the right to host Euro 2012 “would give momentum toour football,” Gyarfas said. “This is the highest priority, toclimb back to the top level. If we know we’ll have this in sixyears, that would be a unique stimulant. ” `In the Blood’ Clubs are finding it difficult to finance themselves asHungarians stay away from the dilapidated Communist-era stadiums… Hungary is on par with fourth-tier football in England. Gyarfas, the producer of a breakfast political talk-show,said Hungary can avoid that and is gaining support for its bid. Polls show 84 percent of the population backs hosting Euro 2012compared with 40 percent a year ago, Gyarfas said. “When they say they want the tournament, they are sayingthey want football,” Gyarfas says. “They want Hungarianfootball. It’s in the blood of Hungarians, the love of the ball,the passion for football. – Bad Blow For Italian Euro 2012 Candidacy – Feb 3, 2007
FIGC Commissioner Luca Pancalli admits: “It’s early to talk about it. But, if they should take it away from us now, we will have deserved that. ” On April 18 the Uefa committee, headed by Michel Platini, will reunite in Cardiff to decide who will host the event.

Man City stadium given Uefa final
BBC News – Oct 4, 2006
” At the same meeting, Uefa’s executive committee decided to postpone the vote on which country, or countries, will host Euro 2012. A decision was due to be made in December 2006, but will now be delayed until April 2007. There are three bids to host Euro 2012, with Italy the only sole nation and the other contenders being joint bids from Poland and Ukraine, and Hungary and Croatia.

Uefa may expand Euro championship
BBC News – Dec 8, 2006
It will be put to Uefa’s congress in Dusseldorf in January, that will decide whether to have a feasibility study. Olsson said: “Individual members of the Executive Committee have already spoken positively about the idea. ” He admitted the proposal could become a reality in time for Euro 2012, with Ukraine-Poland and Croatia-Hungary having made joint bids and Italy mounting a solo bid. Uefa is scheduled to announce the winning bid in April 2007. Olsson added: “If Congress is also in favour – and I see no reason why it would not be – then we would of course have to inform the three bidders for Euro 2012 and see if they can provide solutions for 24 teams. “I think it would still be possible to stage a 24-team competition using the planned eight stadiums but there are a lot of other factors like hotel capacities that make it closer to the organising of a 32-team competition.

Sporting Life – Football | Chelsea v Middlesbrough Live, Man Utd v… – Feb 9, 2007
usGreece’s anticipated bid to host Euro 2012 wasbacked by FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Saturday – regardless of the poorattendances at Olympic football matches in Athens. The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) are expected to confirm their interestin staging the European finals in the near future, after talks with governmentauthorities. Greece were shock winners of Euro 2004, upsetting hosts Portugal in the final,and the EPO president Vassilis Gagatsis is keen to build on that success. “If Greece has the ability to organise the Olympic Games, then it canorganise Euro 2012,” said Blatter.

Sporting Life – Football | Champions League news, Liverpool v… – Feb 8, 2007
The 2008 Champions League final will be in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, and a year later in Rome’s Olimpico stadium. The 2008 UEFA Cup final will be held in the City of Manchester stadium, and in 2009 in Istanbul’s Sukru Saracoglu stadium. The executive committee also decided to postpone the vote on the Euro 2012 hosts from December to April next year. UEFA said this would give the countries more time to fine-tune their bids. But the bidding was also becoming intertwined with the presidential race between Lennart Johansson and Michel Platini, with the vote due at the end of January. – – Jan 1, 2007
Elections will take place for a four-year term as UEFA President, and the two candidates are incumbent Lennart Johansson (Sweden) and UEFA Executive Committee member Michel Platini (France). Executive CommitteeIn addition, 13 prominent football administrators have submitted their candidature for election to the UEFA Executive Committee, with six seats, held by those current members whose terms of office are expiring, available. – – Jan 26, 2007
The vote was made at the XXXI Ordinary UEFA Congress in Dusseldorf, Germany on Friday. Target 2012The UEFA European Championship final round was expanded from eight to 16 teams prior to EURO ’96™ in England and the UEFA Executive Committee, which will undertake the study, will investigate whether a 24-team event could now be introduced at UEFA EURO 2012™. Greater meaningThe Scottish Football Association proposal came with the support of the Football Association of Ireland, Latvian Football Federation and Swedish Football Association. It argued that expanding the EURO would give greater meaning to the qualifying round. In addition, a 24-team tournament would be more attractive to sponsors and television companies as well as spreading the distribution of revenues among a greater number of countries.

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