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Georgia's soccer chief supports joint bidding for Euro 2020

2012-03-09 01:04:10 GMT2012-03-09 09:04:10(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TBILISI, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Georgia's soccer chief on Thursday told a local news briefing that it is quite realistic to say that Euro 2020 could be held in Georgia.

Zviad Sitchinava, president of the Georgian Football Federation, told local media that his institution would need help from the state to conduct preparatory work and there must be a plan in 2013 that will be presented to UEFA about in which cities of Georgia the championship will be held.

The federation chief said five cities are currently under consideration and they are Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi and two others will be included in future.

The federation president told the media that UEFA, the ruling body of soccer in Europe, requires 12 stadiums and 24 living bases for the 2020 European Football Championship. The infrastructure needs much work, he added.

Visiting Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday revealed the intention of joining neighboring Azerbaijan in launching their bid for co-hosting the 2020 European Football Championship while addressing the Azerbaijani parliament in Baku.

Zviad Sitchinava said that holding the championship in Georgia will be a challenge for the country.

But he said that soccer executives from both Georgia and Azerbaijan will travel to Turkey where UEFA will hold its congress to discuss future preparatory work.

UEFA will choose the host for Euro 2020 in 2014.

Belgium and the Netherlands were the first co-hosts for the 2000 European Football Championship.

Austria and Switzerland jointly played hosts to Euro 2008 and this year Poland and Ukraine will co-host the European championship.

So far other potential co-hosts include Hungary-Romania, Czech Republic-Slovakia, Bosnia-Hezegovina-Serbia.

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