Russia and Turkey have joined Britain and Ireland in announcing their intention to host Euro 2028.
It seems likely that a joint bid from the UK and Ireland will be the sole application for the tournament but on Wednesday Russia – despite having now suspended their clubs and national team by FIFA and UEFA because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine – and Turkey surprised their names forward to host the competition.
Russia and Turkey have also announced their interest in hosting Euro 2032, of which Italy is their opponent for the European Championship.
The Euro 2028 and Euro 2032 competitions will be awarded to the host countries in September 2023.
Russia successfully hosted the 2018 World Cup but has been expelled from the international sports community since its invasion of Ukraine a month ago, with UEFA stripping St Petersburg of hosting the men’s Champions League final. this award.
“Russia is making mischief; they have no chance of winning”
Sky Sports News Chief Correspondent, Kaveh Solhekol:
“It’s not entirely surprising because Russia hosted the World Cup in 2018 and many say it was one of the most successful and organized World Cups ever. They have it all available. the infrastructure to be able to host the Euro, that’s something they’ve looked at in the past.
“But nobody expected them to do what they did today. It will be interesting to hear UEFA’s response on this because Russia is banned by UEFA and FIFA at the moment.
“In the short term it’s a huge headache for UEFA. They were expecting the only bids for Euro 2028 to come from the UK & Ireland and then in two weeks’ time they would announce the Euros for the year. 2028 will be in the UK and Ireland, but this will mean the entire bidding process and an executive committee vote, which will take around a year and a half.
“But from the outside looking in, it looks like Russia is doing mischief because they have to know that they have absolutely no chance of winning a vote to host in 2028 or 2032.”
Joint bids from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & Ireland: Q&A
How do we get here?
The national associations of England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales have participated in a feasibility study looking into the possibility of bidding for the 100th World Cup final round in 2030.
However, on February 7, they jointly announced their intention to attend Euro 2028.
Why do they do that?
Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the British FA, spoke last month of greater “uncertainty” around the FIFA process. Procurement regulations for 2030 have yet to be confirmed, while an international calendar after 2024 has yet to be set. The possibility of switching to the biennial World Cups seems increasingly unlikely, but in general the Euro is seen as the more attractive option.
Who else is running?
Along with Russia, longtime contractors, Turkey, have also put their names on this list.
What happens next?
Because Russia and Turkey are rivals of Great Britain and Ireland, there will be a bidding and voting process by the UEFA executive committee, with the announcement made in September 2023.
Where will the matches take place if Great Britain and Ireland win?
Wembley would be the clear favorite to host the final, while any number of Premier League stadiums would fit the bill. The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Hampden Park in Glasgow and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin are also likely to be in attendance, while Northern Ireland is also keen to host matches. A redevelopment of Casement Park could be an option, but none was ruled by the Irish Football Association chief executive Patrick Nelson last month.
Collectively, five associations can comfortably meet the stadium requirements set forth by UEFA – a minimum of 10 stadiums in total, an organization with at least 60,000 one or preferably two out of 50,000, at least four with a minimum capacity of 40,000 and a minimum of three organizations with a minimum of 30,000 people.
Who will be eligible?
That still has to be decided. UEFA bid information published last year said automatic eligibility could not be guaranteed for any home team of more than two. The chief executive of the Football Association of Wales, Noel Mooney, last week said the bidding nations had agreed on a “concept” to define qualifications, but UEFA would have the final say. Many predict that Euro 2028 will be the first continental final to feature 32 teams instead of 24.
Is the UK and Ireland bid good for UEFA?
A lot like that. Following the hosting of Euro 2024 in another major market, Germany, a final staged across the UK and Ireland promises a huge revenue boost for UEFA and its member associations as they recovered from the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
There have been concerns that the chaos surrounding the Euro 2020 final has damaged England’s reputation as a major event host, but UEFA has continued to show its faith in Wembley and will bring the ‘Finalissima’ match between Italy and Argentina to a London venue in June, while England are also the host of this summer’s women’s Euros.