DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — A total of 32 countries have proposed 39 different cities to host matches at the 2020 European Championship, UEFA said Friday.
The national associations — representing more than half of the 54 UEFA countries — have not yet specified if they want to stage the final.
"It's an excellent piece of news and this shows that the idea was a good one," UEFA President Michel Platini said through a translator.
Platini suggested the broad hosting plan to reduce construction costs for host nations and travel expenses for fans.
UEFA will choose the 13 hosts, whose national teams must all get through qualifying to play at the 24-team tournament, in September 2014.
One city will host the final and both semifinals, with Istanbul the likely favorite after Turkey was edged by France to host Euro 2016. Twelve cities will each host a package of three group matches and one knockout match.
Spain has put forward four cities, including Barcelona and Madrid, though only two can be included in a formal bid next April. UEFA will select only one city per country.
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