R-Sport, Russia
March 29 2013

16:03 29.03.2013 (Last updated 17:04 29.03.2013)

YEREVAN, Armenia, March 29 (R-Sport) - Armenia will bid for the
right to host several Euro 2020 matches, the country's FA chief Ruben
Airapetyan said Friday.

The tournament will be the first to be shared among 13 countries,
with the aim being to reduce the economic burden on any single nation.

Airapetyan announced that the 55,000-seater Hrazdan stadium in the
capital city of Yerevan could stage three group matches and one

"The Armenian president set a goal to reconstruct Hrazdan stadium
in the next five years and it will be one of the best in Europe,"
football chief said.

The arena, named after a nearby river, was built in 1971 and renovated
in 2008.

The Euro 2020 bidding process will start in April, with the final
decision to be made in September 2014.

Others to have expressed hosting interest include several cities in
Ukraine, Munich, Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and Bulgaria's Vasil
Levski stadium in Sofia. Rome, Berlin, Istanbul and Madrid have also
been mooted as possible venues.

The organizing committee of the 2018 World Cup in Russia has also
expressed an interest in staging some of the games as a Luzhniki
Stadium legacy feature.

Euro 2020 will feature 24 teams, the second to do so after Euro 2016
in France.

UEFA president Michel Platini said last month that interested nations
may apply for group games plus one knockout round fixture, or the
final plus the two semifinals - or both.