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France fields Sarkozy, Zidane for Euro 2016 vote

France fields Sarkozy, Zidane for Euro 2016 vote

France President Nicolas Sarkozy and its greatest footballer Zinedine Zidane will be part of the bid team trying to secure hosting rights for the 2016 European Championship.
The stellar starting lineup has ensured France will be favorite to woo the 13 voting members from the ruling executive of tournament organizer UEFA in Friday's poll.
Turkey will have its President Abdullah Gul help promote a bid that aims to bring the majority Muslim country into the heart of Europe.
Likely outsider Italy has all-time great Paolo Maldini fronting its 30-minute presentation before polling.
Government support is important because state funding pledges are essential to each candidate's building projects for the 24-nation, monthlong tournament.


Updated : 2021-05-14 19:55 GMT+08:00