Three consider EURO 2020

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Three candidates have confirmed their interest in hosting EURO 2020 with UEFA.

Formal interest has been submitted, by Turkey, Georgia/Azerbaijan and from a joint Irish, Scottish and Welsh bid. On 17 April 2012, the Turkish Football Federation became the first to formally announce its bid to host EURO 2020. This confirmed Turkey's candidature in a year that Istanbul, the country's largest city, hopes to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Turkey failed in a joint bid with Greece for EURO 2008 and was unsuccessful as the sole bidder in the two subsequent tournaments: EURO 2012 and EURO 2016. In its bid to host the 2016 tournament, Turkey missed out to France (home nation of UEFA president Michel Platini) by a single vote, but reports of Platini promising the 2020 tournament to Turkey have been dismissed by UEFA. Turkey's bid may be prejudiced by Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics. UEFA's president Michel Platini and the IOC are not keen for the country to host both events in the same year. The IOC will announce the host on 7 September 2013, which is before the voting for UEFA's tournament takes place. The Turkish government favours the Olympic bid. On 8 May 2012, IOC president Jacques Rogge stated Turkey would have to withdraw its bid to host EURO 2020, should Istanbul be awarded the 2020 Olympics. IOC rules state that an Olympic host nation may not host another major sporting event in the country in the same year as the Olympics. 14 May 2012, a day prior to the deadline for submissions and with only the Turkish bid having been put forward, Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan confirmed that the SFA and the Football Association of Wales were discussing a late joint bid to host the tournament. The two associations abandoned a similar plan to host UEFA Euro 2016 in 2009. On deadline day, it emerged that the Scottish and Welsh associations had teamed up with the Football Association of Ireland to formally submit a last–minute joint bid. On 15 May 2012, hours after the announcement of the three–way British Isles bid, Georgian Sports Minister Vladimir Vardzelashvili announced his country's intention to declare an interest in hosting EURO 2020 alone, having previously stated its wish to join forces with Azerbaijan. On 24 May 2012, Azerbaijan notified UEFA that they planned to join forces with Georgia in a bid for Euro 2020 after Baku failed to make the IOC's shortlist as a contender to bid the 2020 Olympic Games.

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