March 26 – Turkish sports minister Suat Kilic tells World Football INSIDER that the FIFA U-20 World Cup this summer will elevate the country’s Olympic ambitions. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Istanbul
Nov. 1 – Turkish football leaders are planning to aggressively promote the country’s bid to stage Euro 2020 at an international football convention in Rio de Janeiro, just weeks before UEFA members decide whether to back Michel Platini’s multi-cities plan for the tournament. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Sept 13 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey will be a good test of the country’s potential to stage future international events such as Euro 2020. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 24 – Hours after Baku is eliminated in the 2020 Olympics race, Azerbaijan teams up with Georgia for Euro 2020 bid. It provides competition for Turkey and a potential bid by Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland for the UEFA tournament… Istanbul 2020 Olympic bid puts increasing pressure on Turkish FA… Qatar also rejected by IOC. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 10 – FIFA is a step closer to getting guarantees it needs from the Brazilian government to organise the World Cup after approval of a bill by the country’s senate… IOC chief Jacques Rogge says Turkey cannot host the Olympics and Euro 2020… Euro 2012 boycotts only damaging to football, he says. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 8 – Despite the prospect of Turkey securing Euro 2020, Istanbul’s Olympic bid continues to tout full government support as officials reposition their campaign to convince the IOC that the city can also stage the Games the same year. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 3 – Five more European football associations tell World Football INSIDER they are not interested in bidding for Euro 2020, paving the way for Turkey to secure hosting rights later this month. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
April 17 – Turkey will try again for the UEFA showpiece, announcing a bid Tuesday for Euro 2020. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
March 22 – INSIDER is told that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is behind Istanbul’s 2020 Olympic bid, despite comments he made on Thursday calling on UEFA to back his country’s bid for Euro 2020. Now he must make a choice. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.