UEFA is reportedly considering playing next summer’s Euro, which was postponed this summer because of the coronavirus, in one country rather than in the original 12 host cities.
UEFA is exploring changing the Euros to a one nation tournament amid the ongoing pandemic and according to a report in Le Parisien, Russia, the venue for the 2018 World Cup, could be used as the sole host in a backup plan.
Russia’s success at hosting the 2018 World Cup and infrastructure already in place make it an ideal candidate to step in at late notice.
UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin has insisted that the Euros must go ahead as it “would bring positive energy to the people” and European football’s governing body says no decision has been taken and they will continue to monitor developments in the hope it can go ahead as planned, The Mirror reported.
A change in venue to Russia would not be bad for Croatia who has fantastic memories from there in 2018.
Croatia beat Nigeria, Argentina, Iceland, Denmark, Russia and England before losing to France in the final in Moscow.
Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg are scheduled to host next summer’s Euros with Croatia’s group matches to be played in London and Glasgow.