UEFA to decide on enlarging Euro before end of year
Saturday, 21 June 2008

AFP, VIENNA - European football's governing body UEFA will make a decision on whether to enlarge their flagship tournament the European championships by the end of the year announced their general secretary David Taylor on Thursday.

"We're going to consult our 53 associations in the next couple of months," said Taylor.

"We're going to take a decision for the 2016 tournament in the second half of this year."

France - who hosted the Euro in 1984 and the World Cup in 1998 - has already said it intends to bid for the 2016 edition.

Poland and Ukraine suprisingly won the right to co-host the 2012 renewal, which will remain at the present 16 teams, but a UEFA delegation led by president Michel Platini is set to visit the two countries in July to assess how much progress is being made as there has been heavy criticism of the tardiness of the preparations.

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