Saturday, 2 December 2006

Italy confident of Euro 2012 chances

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) are confident that Italy will be able to host the Euro 2012 Championships successfully, if awarded the tournament in April, after a meeting with the eight cities expected to stage the games.

“The confidence we have in Italy’s chances of winning the 2012 European tournament is growing every day,” said Extraordinary FIGC Commissioner Luca Pancalli.

“The confirmation comes from the fact that the councils of the eight candidate cities have taken on very serious pledges for this project. We’ve set a new meeting for December 11 to discuss the security issues with the Interior Minister [Giuliano Amato] and then Prime Minister [Romano] Prodi before January 15.”

The final dossier on the plans must be handed to UEFA on February 15 2007 and a decision on who will host the tournament is expected on April 18 in Cardiff's City Hall.

Italy are up against joint bids from Croatia/Hungary and Poland/Ukraine. The three candidates will make their final presentations in the Welsh capital before a decision is announced.

Italy has already hosted the European Football Championship finals in 1968 and 1980, and also hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1934 and 1990. The last major sporting event held in the peninsula was the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin.

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