Bulgaria Planning Joint Bid with Romania for Euro 2020

March 25, 2011

The president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) Bobby Mihaylov has revealed his “desire” to enter a joint bid with Romania for UEFA Euro 2020.

This week Mihaylov became the first Bulgarian to be elected on to UEFA’s Executive Committee, and the BFU president has since outlined a plan to host junior level tournaments before stepping up to European soccer’s showpiece event in nine years’ time.

Mihaylov told reporters: “We know it’ll be better to first stage some junior European Championships and then to bid for the senior men’s tournament. We have many friends in Romania and will take it step by step before bidding to host the Euro 2020 finals with them.”

Romania has prior history in expressing an interest in the European Championships having abandoned plans to bid for Euro 2012 due to a lack of financial backing from its government.

Among those to have been credited with an interest in hosting Euro 2020 are the likes of Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey, with joint bids from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, along with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia also said to be in contention.