Croatian FA President Davor Šuker, who has been wining and dining UEFA President Michel Platini and other UEFA big wigs in the spectacular Dalmatian city of Dubrovnik this week, confirmed last night that Croatia would build a new national stadium so it could meet all requirements for hosting the 2020 European Championships, writes daily Slobodna Dalmacija.
The Croatian FA is expected to confirm that it will be a candidate for hosting rights for the 2020 EURO this Friday at the UEFA Congress. Croatia however need to upgrade its stadiums to meet UEFA’s requirements. A 122 million EUR new stadium was airmarked for the Zagreb suburb of Kajzerica almost 3 years ago, but because of costs it looks like Zagreb’s Maksimir Stadium will undergo renovations. The mayor of Split has also pushed his case for the city’s Poljud Stadium to be used, but the FA are likely to go with the capital Zagreb. Euro 2020 will be hosted in 13 countries, with the top 12 ranked European nations, according to FIFA’s ranking, hosting the group phases of the tournament.