Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Germany

Helmut Sandrock © Action Images

Giant Euro 2020 concept has wide support



A plan to stage the 2020 European soccer championships across the entire continent instead of one or two countries enjoys wide support among national federations, Germany's football association (DFB) said on Tuesday.

Ahead of two days of meetings in Brussels with European soccer's governing body Uefa, DFB General Secretary Helmut Sandrock said they were initially surprised by Uefa boss Michel Platini's concept.

The proposal, yet to be ratified by the Uefa executive committee, could see 12 countries hosting an expanded tournament involving 24 teams, up from the current 16.

"We were surprised when we first heard the idea," Sandrock told ZDF television before departing for Brussels.

"But I myself had discussions to learn more about this idea and we know that there have been two strategy discussions with national federations already and there is a lot of support for such a Euro tournament," Sandrock said.

"We discussed this idea at the DFB as we had supported the Turkey 2020 bid but we know there is wide support from our partners in Europe (for Platini's pan)."

Turkey have expressed a wish to stage the tournament on a conventional, single-country basis but their bid will be dropped if Istanbul is awarded the Olympics in the same year.

Scotland, Wales and Ireland have also declared their interest in staging the finals.

Platini had said in October he would press ahead with the idea, which will both ease the burden of hosting a bigger tournament than usual amid testing financial times as well as to celebrate Uefa's 60th anniversary in 2020, only if member associations were in favour of the plan.

"I think a Euro across Europe offers a shorter road (of preparations)," Sandrock said. "Look at (2014 World Cup hosts)Brazil and the distance they need to cover."

Brazil have repeatedly been urged to speed up preparations for the World Cup after delays in construction and organisation of the world's biggest single sports event.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
Ready for the Big Whistle-Off?
They say time flies when you’re enjoying yourself. For footy followers the start of the 2015/16...

Carol Radull
Fitting curtain raiser for the EPL
Arsene Wenger’s attempts to beat Jose Mourinho have finally born fruit with a thrilling curtain...

John Dykes
Londoners to capitalise on pre-season
On Sunday, Wembley Stadium will once again host a game of football that isn’t all we think it is.

Segun Odegbami
Predicting the EPL winners
We are moments away from the start of the European football season. So, let’s look at the teams...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Premier League preview - part 1
Maybe it is a sign of my age, or an indication of how the last two seasons have been for the club I...

Sunday Oliseh
Super Eagles job: an uphill task worth taking
It is definitely the most delicate football job on the African continent and the most demanding.