By Chris King •
Updated: 22 Mar 2022 • 3:42
Euro 2028 looks set to be awarded to UK and Ireland.
The deadline for bids to host Euro 2028 is this coming Wednesday, March 23. According to The Times, only one bid has been received so far, a joint one from the UK and Ireland. Unless a shock last-minute entry is submitted in the next 48 hours, they will be awarded the tournament hosting.
A joint bid to stage the prestigious football tournament was only launched last month by the Football Associations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This was a decision taken after opting out of trying to stage the 2030 World Cup.
A South American group involving Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Paraguay is looking favourite to land the 2030 World Cup.
Turkey had previously attempted, unsuccessfully, on several occasions to host the Euros, and this time round reportedly felt they could not challenge a bid by the British and Irish. The only other challenger could have been Russia, but the invasion of Ukraine immediately put an end to that.
Italy are expected to launch a formal bid to stage Euro 2032 soon, and are believed to already be the favourites to stage it. It is thought that the format of Euro 2028 will see the tournament expanded to include 32 teams.
Mark Bullingham, the FA’s chief executive, speaking in February was pretty confident of landing Euro 2028, commenting, “We believe we can put together an incredibly strong tournament in many ways. We also know we can deliver a really strong commercial return to UEFA, and we feel that puts us in a strong position”.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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