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. 23 – Out with one Qatari brand, in with another on the shirts of FC Barcelona … Denizbank becomes latest Turkish sponsor to sign with Manchester United … Brazil 2014 secures penultimate National Supporter … More inside this edition of The Football Sponsorship Column …
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.
Oct. 2 – Azerbaijan’s sports minister has criticised Michel Platini’s multi-cities plan for the Euro 2020 championships – and insists his country will pursue its joint bid with Georgia. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports from Baku.
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.
July 2 – Michel D’Hooghe withdraws his opposition to headscarves worn by Muslim female footballers… FIFA secretary general says Brazil is upping the pace on World Cup preparations… Fenerbahce president convicted in Turkish match-fixing scandal. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
May 16 – UEFA will accept bids for hosting rights to Euro 2020 from all 53 of its member associations despite Tuesday’s deadline for expressions of interest … FIFA officials remain tightlipped about plans for the 2018 World Cup… More inside this WFI Newsdesk …
May 15 – Scotland, Wales and Ireland declare their interest in joining Turkey in the Euro 2020 bid contest, a move that will come as a huge relief to UEFA chief Michel Platini who was faced with gifting the tournament to the runners-up in the Euro 2016 race. 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 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.