UEFA.com has video reaction from ten of the 13 countries who on Friday were confirmed as hosts of the unique UEFA EURO 2020 – created to mark 60 years of the competition.
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The 13 host cities for UEFA EURO 2020 have been picked and UEFA.com hears from the association chiefs of some of the 12 associations that will share the 48 matches leading up to the semis and final at Wembley.
England/London – semi-finals and final
Azerbaijan/Baku – three group games, one quarter-final
Belgium/Brussels – three group games, one round of 16 game
Denmark/Copenhagen – three group games, one round of 16 game
Germany/Munich – three group games, one quarter-final
Hungary/Budapest – three group games, one round of 16 game
Italy/Rome – three group games, one quarter-final
Netherlands/Amsterdam – three group games, one round of 16 game
Republic of Ireland/Dublin – three group games, one round of 16 game
Romania/Bucharest – three group games, one round of 16 game
Russia/Saint Petersburg – three group games, one quarter-final
Scotland/Glasgow – three group games, one round of 16 game
Spain/Bilbao – three group games, one round of 16 game
Elkhan Mammadov, Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) general secretary
We're so happy. It's very difficult to express the emotions we have now. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's a unique opportunity for Baku to host a European Championship match. In 2020, six years from now, we will be hosting a national team competition. Of course this is a great impetus and motivation for our young generation ... to be close to football, to choose football.
Steven Martens, Royal Belgian Football Association (URBSFA-KBVB) chief executive
Great. A fantastic moment. There was plenty of suspense but we're there now. A lot of hard work has paid off but there is a lot more to come. Our national team are playing great at the moment and they need a better place to play – their stadiums are always packed so to have them in a new stadium in 2020 will be fantastic. Anderlecht will be the main tenants in the new stadium, but maybe other big clubs can play there too. My real hope is for this to help the long-term development of football in Belgium.
Claus Bretton-Meyer, Danish Football Association (DBU) chief executive
Well, of course we're thrilled. This is a very, very important thing for such a small country as Denmark. This is probably once in a lifetime, so for us ... we're so thrilled. I think it's a huge thing for the FA, but we are familiar with doing things like this. For me personally, being in the job for six months, of course it's out of this world. We're extremely thrilled and looking forward to it very much, but we all know there's hard work for the next five, six years.
Wolfgang Niersbach, German Football Association (DFB) president
We are thankful, happy and proud that UEFA have showed their trust in us once again. We hosted the UEFA Champions League final in Munich in 2012. In 2015 we will be hosting the final in Berlin, and on top of that we are now hosting this. I can only be thankful for the trust that Germany is being shown as a host.
Michele Uva, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) general director
This is an important moment for Italian football. We have had a new president and new governance for a month now. Having three group games and a quarter-final will be a big step forward in the future of Italian football.
We had made bids for 2012 and 2016 that ended unsuccessfully, so I think this is the recognition that Italian football deserves. It affects 32 million people and we have 1.5 million members, so this is the acknowledgement of a huge moment in European football.
Bert van Oostveen, Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) general secretary
I think it means a lot. Twenty years ago we organised, together with our Belgian colleagues, the EURO 2000 tournament. I think it was an incredible success and it gave a boost not only to our country but to Belgium as well. We'll have that again and that's such a good feeling, especially for our fans – the Oranje fans who are so well known for bringing colour to every tournament. I think they deserve a home match this time.
John Delaney, Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive
It's just fantastic, fantastic. Congratulations to UEFA and Michel Platini for thinking of this idea, in recognition of 60 years of the EUROs. It was a real recognition of the inability of the smaller associations to host major tournaments, and by doing this, with this tremendous idea, it's given Dublin this wonderful honour. We couldn't have done it without the support of our national agencies, our government, our administrator – it was a national effort.
Răzvan Burleanu, Romanian Football Federation (FRF) president
It is a huge honour for Romania to have the chance of being among the host countries for EURO 2020, which means a lot of responsibility – not just for me but also for my country – because we are looking forward to kick-starting the game's development across the country and to convincing our kids to get involved in playing. We have the opportunity to develop a lot of general infrastructure and the sport especially.
Nikolay Tolstykh, Russian Football Union (RFS) president
First of all we would like to thank UEFA that Russia and St. Petersburg have been given the right to host EURO 2020. I am sure it will be a big football festival for all Russian people, for all football fans in our country. And our country, welcoming and hospitable, with a rich history, culture and traditions will do its best so that the big European celebration is successful. I think that after the games of the 2018 World Cup in St Petersburg will be completely ready to hold the games in EURO 2020. It is very important for all our football fans that these games will be held in our country.
Stewart Regan, Scottish Football Association (SFA) president
It is immense, such a great day for Scottish football. We have worked so hard on this bid. We spent hours and hours networking with all our partners trying to prepare a bid that UEFA would be proud of, and the decision today is testament to the hard work that has gone in, so we are all absolutely thrilled. This is a chance for the small nations to really participate in a fantastic event.