FAW President Optimistic Over Cardiff Euro 2020 Bid

August 5, 2014

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) president Trefor Lloyd Hughes believes Cardiff have a ‘very good chance’ of being named as a co-host for the 2020 European Championships.

The FAW submitted their bid in April and the Welsh capital is one of 19 cities being considered by European football’s governing body, buy UEFA.

In September, anesthetist 13 of those cities will be chosen to co-host the tournament.

‘‘Personally I think we’ve got a very good chance,’’ said Lloyd Hughes.

‘‘I’ve been talking to different people from the Uefa executive, trying to feel which way they’re thinking.

‘‘They will have a very good answer [for us], I’m pretty sure.’’

For the first time the European Championship will be hosted by more than two countries, with cities, instead of countries, making bids.

The FAW are hoping to secure a package of games to be played in Cardiff, which will consist of three group matches and either a last-16 or a quarter-final match at the Millennium Stadium.

With the Cardiff City Stadium hosting this year’s European Super Cup match between Champions League winners Real Madrid and Europa League winners Sevilla, the FAW see this as the ideal opportunity to convince Uefa that Cardiff will be a good choice.

‘‘We’ve got to make sure the Super Cup is run correctly and there are no hitches,’’ said Lloyd Hughes.

‘‘We’re bound to get some but (hopefully) not many.

‘‘We have an opportunity to show the world what we are made of.’’