Turkey dropped out of the race for Euro 2028 to focus on Euro 2032, leaving only the UK and Ireland

After Turkey dropped out to focus on a bid with Italy for Euro 2032, the UK and Republic of Ireland will now be the only ones to bid for Euro 2028.

In July, Turkey decided to merge its bid for the Euro 2032 with Italy’s, and Uefa has now given the go-ahead for this to happen.

Italy only put in a bid for the event in 2032, but Turkey put in bids for both Euro 2028 and Euro 2032.

Both plans must still get official approval from Uefa’s executive committee at a meeting on Tuesday.

Uefa said, “The presentations at that meeting will be an important part of the process, and the content of the bids will be taken into account before a decision is made.”

The Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan was held in Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium in June. However, Turkey has never held a major international competition.

European champions since last year Italy hosted the Euros in 1968 and 1980, and the Euro 2020 games were held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

In April, 10 stadiums were chosen for the UK and Republic of Ireland’s bid. These included Hampden Park in Glasgow, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and Wembley Stadium in London.

Casement Park in Belfast and Everton’s Bramley-Moore Dock, which haven’t been built yet, are also part of the plan.

Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Wales have never held a major event.

England and Scotland are two of the 11 countries that will host Euro 2020. England also hosted the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96 on its own.

UK & Ireland Euro 2028 host stadiums

1. Wembley Stadium (London) (capacity 90,652)

2. Principality Stadium (Cardiff) (73,952)

3. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London) (62,322)

4. Etihad Stadium (Manchester) (61,000)

5. Everton Stadium (Liverpool) (52,679)

6. St James’ Park (Newcastle) (52,305)

7. Villa Park (Birmingham) (52,190)

8. Hampden Park (Glasgow) (52,032)

9. Aviva Stadium (Dublin) (51,711)

10. Casement Park (Belfast) (34,500)

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