Bulgaria Considering Euro 2020 Bid

By iSportconnect | January 29, 2013

Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) President, Borislav Mihaylov wants to meet Prime Minister Boiko Borisov to discuss a bid for a Euro 2020 match.

UEFA announced this week that Euro 2020 would be held in 13 cities across the continent, marking the first time the tournament won’t be in one or two countries.

The general rule is that games must be in stadiums with a 50,000 seat capacity or larger, but it is believed that UEFA will give exception to two cities, paving the way for countries like Bulgaria to stage a game.

The Vasil Levski national stadium in central Sofia has a capacity of 43,230 seats but needs to be renovated to meet UEFA criteria.

“The most important thing now is to talk to Prime Minister Boiko Borisov in the coming days about the government’s intentions and whether it wants to participate in the construction of a stadium that meets the criteria set by UEFA,” said Mihaylov.

“If we reach an agreement, we can bid to host one or two matches.

“I believe that the prime minister, who is a sports person and does a lot for sport and football in particular, will support us.”

Bulgaria previously considered a joint bid for Euro 2020 with neighbours Romania, who are also reported to be interested in hosting a game at the tournament.

Mihaylov also revealed that UEFA would officially announce their requirements in March, at the Executive Committee meeting in Sofia.