Turkey picks stadiums for Euro 2016 games host

Nine stadiums in eight cities will host Euro 2016 matches if Turkey is picked to host Europe's largest football event, Turkish Football Federation announced on Wednesday.

Turkey picks stadiums for Euro 2016 games host

Nine stadiums in eight cities will host Euro 2016 matches if Turkey is picked to host Europe's largest football event, Turkish Football Federation announced on Wednesday.

Ataturk Olympic Stadium and Seyrantepe Turk Telekom Arena, which is under construction, in Istanbul, Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri are the existing stadiums. Other stadiums planned to be built in Ankara, Izmir, Konya, Antalya, Bursa and Eskisehir would all be used in the tournament to be held in the summer of 2016, officials of the federation said.

Turkey competes with France and Italy to host the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship after Swedish-Norwegian joint bid failed. The host country will be chosen in May 2010. The format of the final tournament will consist of six groups of four teams, followed by a round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Turkish Football Federation has also unveiled its logo to be used during its candidacy. The logo is designed as a tulip in eight colors, symbolizing eight cities, and a soccer ball in it.

Turkish State Minister Faruk Ozak, who is responsible for sports and youth, said Turkish government was ready give all guarantees, reassuring that Turkey would not face any financial problems while organizing the event.

Italy and France have hosted the event twice, Ozak said.

"Although they are experienced, I believe that Turkey is advantageous because of its desire and capacity," he added.



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