Italy Mulls Hosting Euro 2028 or World Cup 2030

Friday, 16-July-2021 13:00

The Italian national team won the Euro 2020
The Italian national team won the Euro 2020

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Italy is considering bidding to host the Euro 2028 or the 2030 World Cup, the country's football federation the FIGC said.

This was conveyed by FIGC President Gabriele Gravina at a press conference on Thursday (07/15/2021) after the inaugural board meeting after Italy won the Euro 2020.

"We will evaluate the option of hosting Euro 2028 or the 2030 World Cup, which will coincide with the centenary of the world's most prestigious tournament," Gravina said, as quoted by the FIGC's official website.

He then invited, "Let's submit a bid to host the Euros first, then we'll think about the next tournament."

In order to realize the plan, Gravina said Italy needed to take serious steps by disbursing funds to improve the condition of the stadiums in the country first.

Gravina also revealed that Italy's success on the pitch is accompanied by additional FIGC revenues thanks to three Group A matches and one Euro 2020 quarter-final match that was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

"Thanks to the Euro, the FIGC raised 28.25 million euros. Plus the revenue from commercial deals, overall there was an additional 36 million euros in revenues for FIGC," Gravina said.

If it advances in the bid for the host of Euro 2028, Italy will compete with Turkey, which has declared host candidacy, and Romania-Greece-Bulgaria-Serbia that have proposed as co-hosts.

For the 2030 World Cup, apart from Romania-Greece-Bulgaria-Serbia, there are also Spain-Portugal, Uruguay-Argentina-Chile-Paraguay, and Morocco.

Recently, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had expressed support for the discourse of the nomination of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup, as reported by Antara.

Reporter : turkhan
Editor : turkhan