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Scottish FA Launch UEFA Euro 2020 Finals Bid

Thu 24th Apr 2014 | Club & Country Competitions

The Scottish FA has today submitted its bid for Glasgow and the National Stadium, Hampden Park, to become a host city for the UEFA European Championships in 2020 on the competition’s 60th anniversary.

The bid has been made in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and EventScotland.

Campbell Ogilvie, the Scottish FA President, and Stewart Regan, Chief Executive, were joined by Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners Rights, and Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

The Scottish FA will formally submit its bid document to UEFA tomorrow (Friday, 25th April) and will discover whether it has been successful in September, when the UEFA Executive Committee meets to determine the 13 host cities.

The bid will reflect on Hampden Park’s status as a world-class sports and entertainment arena, the venue of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the legacy redevelopment from which will ensure The National Stadium is equipped with the necessary improvements required to host the European Championships.

Campbell Ogilvie, Scottish FA President, said, “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts in producing what I consider to be a first-class bid document that extols the many virtues of Scottish football, Glasgow and, of course, the National Stadium, Hampden Park.

“The National Stadium has played host to some of the greatest players and greatest games of all-time.

“With the stadium demonstrating its versatility as the host venue for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games I am sure the whole country – and indeed football fans across Europe – would be thrilled by the prospect of the Hampden Roar providing its unique soundtrack to the European Championships in 2020.

“Of course, it would be equally special if the national team qualified for what will be a very special anniversary tournament, staged in 13 cities.”

Speaking exclusively to fcbusiness in this month’s magazine, Scottish FA CEO, Stewart Regan said he was optimistic of the country’s chances of staging games in the competition.

“I am delighted with how our bid document is progressing and with our history, heritage and experience of hosting major events I believe we have an excellent chance,” Regan said.

“Scotland has so much to offer UEFA. Most important, however, is our history as one of the oldest FAs in the world with an excellent track record in working with our partners to deliver sporting events.

Read the full interview with Stewart Regan for free Click Here (page 10)

Image: Action Images / Lee Smith

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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