Italy hand UK and Ireland's Euro 2028 bid a boost by wanting Euro 2032

Italy hand UK and Ireland’s bid to host Euro 2028 a boost by revealing plans to stage tournament four years later as it would provide a ‘wider time window’ to modernise their country’s stadiums

  • Italy have announced plans to host Euro 2032, it was announced on Monday
  • The Euro 2020 winners had considered bidding for Euro 2028 but chose not to
  • The FA has switched its focus from the 2030 World Cup to Euro 2028, in a five-nation joint-bid with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland 

Italy have indicated their interest in hosting the 2032 European Championship to European soccer’s governing body UEFA, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said on Monday.

The news will come as a boost to the football associations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland who have agreed to focus on a bid to host Euro 2028. 

Turkey have already confirmed they will bid for Euro 2028, having been unsuccessful on five previous occasions (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020 and 2024). Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia are also in the running with a joint four-nation bid.

Euro 2020 winners Italy have announced plans to bid to stage the competition in 2032

The Football Association will be part of a UK and Republic of Ireland bid to host Euro 2028

UEFA said in December that countries interested in hosting either the 2028 or 2032 European Championships must confirm their bid by March.

The bidders will be announced in April while the hosts will be appointed in September, 2023.

‘In the last few days the Italian Football Federation presented to UEFA its expression of interest for hosting Euro 2032,’ FIGC said in a statement.

Italy had originally planned to bid to host either Euro 2028 or the 2030 World Cup, but the FIGC said hosting the 2032 European Championship would provide a ‘wider time window’ to modernise the country’s stadium infrastructure.

Some Italian stadiums have not been updated since the 1990 World Cup, the last major soccer tournament hosted by Italy alone.

Italy defeated England in the final of Euro 2020, which was held in several host cities across Europe, with Rome hosting four matches.

In bidding for 2032 it allows Italy more time to modernise stadia – such as the iconic San Siro

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