Turkey drops Euro 2020 final bid, targets 2024

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Turkey’s football federation says it won’t bid to host the 2020 European Championship final and semifinals, and will focus on hosting Euro 2024 alone.

The decision on Friday is despite Istanbul being a front-runner for the marquee matches with support already pledged by UEFA President Michel Platini.

The Turkish federation says “We believe … we are at a point where we can undertake the entire tournament, not just the semifinals and final.”

UEFA will choose 13 host cities in September for the 24-nation Euro 2020.

England and Germany will be favored to receive the prestige package of final and semifinals in London or Munich.

Those countries are also possible candidates to host Euro 2024 alone. (CihanToday’s Zaman)