Euro 2032: Turkey All Set To Host Int’l Football Tournament

Turkey withdrew its bid to host in 2028 in order to focus all its effort on a united proposal with Italy to stage the tournament four years later

Euro 2032: Turkey All Set To Host Int’l Football Tournament

After four unsuccessful bids, Turkey is now anticipated to be awarded the hosting rights for the important international football tournament, Euro 2032.

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has long desired to host one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.

He is going to have the chance, despite the fact that the country is experiencing an economic crisis and the annual inflation rate is currently above 60%.

The hosts of the European Championships in 2028 and 2032 will be announced at a future meeting of UEFA's executive committee.

Turkey canceled its bid to host the event in 2028 in order to focus all of its efforts on a combined proposal with Italy to host the tournament four years later.

There is no other bid for it.

Erdogan, who played semi-professionally in his childhood and is a loyal supporter of Fenerbahce, one of the biggest teams in the nation, is not pretending to be interested in the most popular sport in Turkey.

The opportunity to host the biggest sporting event in Europe would be one of the high points of his administration.

It would also have potent political connotations.

The University of Huddersfield's Daghan Irak, an English specialist in media communication, claims that "sport has always been seen as a way for Turkey to forge its own legitimacy and compete equally with the rest of the Western world."

"Erdogan has not diverted from that historic strategy."

The end of 2002 saw Erdogan's appointment as prime minister; the same year, Turkey and Greece's joint bid to host the 2008 World Cup was turned down. Relations between the two nations were strengthening at the time.

UEFA awarded Austria and Switzerland with the competition's prizes.

Later, Turkey competed to host Euro 2012 alone but was defeated by a joint Ukraine-Poland bid. It was beaten by France in 2016.

They ultimately lost the bid for Euro 2024 to Germany after UEFA expressed concerns about the nation's "lack of an action plan in the area of human rights" during the evaluation of the bid.

Turkey is now certain to have its shot after four failed tries and having allied with Italy. There are no other competitors.