The European Championship was initially pushed again from its authentic date final yr however its pancontinental format faces scrutiny amid the pandemic
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has supplied up the nation as a solo host for Euro 2020 later this yr, as UEFA strategy deadline day for determination’s over the match’s format and future.
The newest staging of the European Championship – for what would have been the competitors’s sixtieth anniversary – was initially pushed again from its authentic date final summer time amid the coronovirus pandemic and remains to be slated to happen later this yr.
However plans to take care of its pancontinental format, with internet hosting duties shared by a dozen cities in as many international locations, stays below risk and with the UK effectively forward in its vaccination programme, Johnson is able to throw open the nation’s doorways.
What has been stated?
“We’re internet hosting the Euros,” Johnson instructed The Solar. “We’re internet hosting the semis and the ultimate.
“In the event that they [have[ any other matches that they want hosted, we’re certainly on for that, but at the moment that’s where we are with UEFA.”
A push for the World Cup in 2030
The host nation, or nations, for the 2030 World Cup has not yet been announced, with confirmation set to come in 2024.
England and Ireland have already proposed a joint bid, and Johnson feels riding to UEFA’s rescue – should it be required – could provide their application with plenty of credit.
“We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030,” Johnson said. “I do think it’s the right place.
“It’s the home of football, it’s the right time. It will be an absolutely wonderful thing for the country.”
Who else is in the hunt for the 2030 World Cup?
Morocco was the first to declare an interest, possibly alongside North African neighbours Algeria and Tunisia.
There is also likely to be competition from within Europe, with a joint bid from Iberian neighbours Spain and Portugal – while Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia are planning to throw their hats in the ring.
With Asian and North American nations not allowed to enter the race under present rules due to hosting the 2022 and 2026 iterations, South America is set to have a strong contender with a joint bid by Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.
The South American bid is reported to be favourite, as there is plenty of backing for Uruguay to host the event – 100 years on from the first World Cup in 1930.