England, Germany compete to host Euro 2020 final

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 26, 2014 at 5:41 am •  Published: April 26, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — England and Germany will continue their great football rivalry in a contest to host the 2020 European Championship final and semifinals.

UEFA said Saturday that 19 countries are bidding to host games in the tournament being played across Europe, and the final stages will be at either Wembley Stadium in London or Munich's Allianz Arena.

England and Germany are also bidding for one of the 12 hosting packages of three group-stage matches in the 24-team tournament, plus a single knockout match from the last-16 or quarterfinals rounds.

Azerbaijan, Belarus, Israel and Macedonia are among bidders which have never hosted a major tournament.

"Member associations will also benefit greatly from this format, since more of them will be exposed to an elite tournament and have the opportunity to increase the development of football in their respective countries," UEFA President Michel Platini said in a statement.

UEFA's executive committee will choose the host cities on Sept. 19 in Geneva.

Platini proposed the innovative multinational hosting plan on the eve of the Euro 2012 final in Kiev.

He has pledged to limit the burden of travel distances and costs for fans who want to follow the 51-match tournament across several time zones.

Istanbul was the favorite to get the final before the Turkey Football Federation withdrew Friday to target hosting Euro 2024 alone.

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