Turkey has submitted a bid to host the UEFA European Championships in 2024 and hopes it can be successful on the fourth attempt.
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) had previously lost out on bids for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 tournaments, and withdrew its bid for 2020 in order to concentrate on 2024.
The vice president of the TFF, Servet Yardimci, spoke to international media in London on 14th May and the main selling points of the bid were summarised by Soccerex.
The country’s geographic location as the historical bridge between East and West would likely give the tournament a more global reach than if it were to be held in Germany, argued Yardimci.
He assured reporters that providing the stadia and infrastructure that would be necessary for hosting the tournament would not be a problem, pointing out that Turkey had actually upheld all its commitments that it had made in its bid for the 2016 tournament.
Security concerns were minimised and the potential for growth and development was emphasised, with Yardimci saying that Turkey is the strongest European economy that has not yet held the tournament.
The final decision will be made on 27th September 2018, with Germany the only other rival bid for the tournament.