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France Chosen to Hose Euro 2016: Turkey Lose Out in European Championship Race

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UEFA President Platini holds a card with the name of France, chosen as the country to host the EURO 2016 during a ceremony in Geneva

France have beaten Turkey and Italy for the right to stage the European Championship in 2016.
France previously staged the tournament in 1960 and were hosts again in 1984, winning it with a team captained by Michel Platini, the Uefa president.
The French, hosts and winners of the 1998 World Cup, beat Turkey by just a single vote after Italy were eliminated in the first round of voting.
Euro 2016 will feature 24 countries playing 51 matches over one month.
“This is a beautiful day for us,” said Jean-Pierre Escalettes, president of the French Football Federation.
“It is a moment of intense emotion to know that in 2016 France will welcome European football and will fulfil its promises.
“What counts for us is to have the full confidence of Uefa and this trust will not be betrayed.
“We also understand the frustration of Italy and Turkey – particularly Turkey, who lost by a single vote after bidding for a third time.”

Turkey rejected the suggestion that it represented a risky option after being pipped 7-6 in the final round of voting.
“We are devastated. This was our third bid so it is not much consolation to know that we lost by a small margin,” said Turkey’s Euro 2016 bid manager Orhan Gorbon.
“Losing is one thing but it is an underestimation of Turkey to say it was not capable of hosting a larger tournament.
“I don’t understand why France should be seen as the safe option.”
Platini admitted the contest had put him in a difficult situation – he is French, but of Italian descent and enjoyed his best playing years at Juventus.
“It was not an easy situation for me – I am French, my name is Italian and I have many friends in Turkey. But Uefa has proved once again that we have democracy.” (BBC Sport)

Yes that’s right. Its Michel Platini French footballing legend and UEFA President. One does wonder why Turkey were unsuccessful and again why France get to win yet another bid for a major tournament? After all they have hosted the 1984 finals and of course the 1998 World Cup. Turkey would have been an interesting choice and would of course have been their first attempt at hosting a major footballing event.

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