Monday 22 December 2014

FAI submit bid to become 'host' for European Championships 2020

Published 25/04/2014 | 06:44

16 April 2014; FAI Chief Executive John Delaney speaking at the announcement of the Irish Sports Council's funding for the FAI, IRFU and GAA for 2014. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
FAI chief executive John Delaney is confident Ireland bid to host part of the Euro 2020 finals will be a success. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

The FAI will submit a bid today to become a host city for the European Championships 2020.

The bid is supported by the government.

If the FAI are successful, four games will be played at the Aviva Stadium on the 60th anniversary of the tournament.

The successful applicants are expected to be announced in September.

Each games at this level is thought to be worth some €20m to the economy.

The FAI finalised their bid to be one of the 13 ‘host’ cities last week.

If successful, and if the Republic of Ireland qualify for the tournament, they are guaranteed at least two pool games at the Aviva Stadium’.

It's thought that 32 European cities have expressed an interest in bidding for one of the three Euro 2020 packages on offer from UEFA. The top package is to stage the final and both semi-finals, while next is a four-game offer of three group games and a quarter-final.

The FAI, however, is targeting the third package, which consists of three group games and a round-of-16 game. Eight cities will be awarded this right, and because UEFA will place some emphasis on geographical spread, it is thought Dublin's direct competition will come from Glasgow, Cardiff, Amsterdam and possibly Lisbon.

Hosting four games in Euro 2020 would be worth tens of millions to the economy. The FAI believes that the outstanding success it enjoyed in staging the Europa League final in 2011 will stand to it during this bidding process.

Irish Independent

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