— Published 13 April 2023

Italy has applied

It’s official: Italy is a candidate to host the Euro in 2032. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) submitted its application to UEFA on Wednesday 12 April. It accompanied its application with a press release, in which it specified that the continental tournament would be played, if successful, in the cities of Milan, Turin, Verona, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples, Bari and Cagliari. Initially, Italy had its sights set on the Euro in 2028 or the World Cup in 2030, but it has changed its plans, believing that its chances of success would be greater with a more distant project. A “wider time window”, as the FIGC puts it, will allow it to upgrade the stadiums in the bid. Italy will be competing with Turkey. But the Turks, already candidates five times but never chosen by UEFA, are applying for two successive editions of the Euro, in 2028 and 2032. UEFA must evaluate the applications in the coming months, for a decision of its executive committee scheduled for October. It will concern Euro 2028 and 2032.