UEFA has announced Turkey and Italy as joint hosts for the European Championships in 2032.
In July, Turkey agreed to make a joint bid with reigning European Champions Italy for the Euro 2032 hosting rights, effectively ending the main opposition to the UK bid.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said the decision to merge with Turkey was taken after a “complex and fruitful consultation process” and pointed to other successful joint bids at previous Euros, the upcoming World Cup in 2026 in US, Canada and Mexico and the UK and Republic’s bid for 2028.”
“[They] show that sharing events of this magnitude represents, on the one hand, a route for the direct involvement of a higher number of fans and, on the other, the search for an even more efficient and sustainable design,” the FIGC said.
FIGC president Gabriele Gravina added: “We are facing a historic turning point that aims to enhance continental football. Football wants to be an ideal bridge for sharing passions and emotions related to sport.”
Today’s final approval from UEFA’s executive committee meeting in Neon, Switzerland, was seen as a mere formality as both sets of bids had been accepted last week.
Turkey hosted June’s Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium, but a major international tournament has never been in the country.
Reigning European champions Italy hosted the Euros in 1968 and 1980 and Rome’s Stadio Olimpico was also used as a venue at Euro 2020.