France tabs Lyon as Euro 2020 venue
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The French Football Federation have put forth Lyon as a candidate to host matches at UEFA Euro 2020, sources close to the bid process revealed on Wednesday.

The tournament will for the first time be held in 13 different cities across Europe, with one designated city serving as the venue for both the semi-finals and final.

Alternatively, cities can campaign to host three group stage matches as well as a round of 16 match or quarter-final, while only one city per country will be allowed to serve as a host venue.

Taking into account the 58,000 capacity of Lyon's Grand Stade, which should be completed in time for the second half of the 2015/16 season, the stadium would only be able to bid for games in the early rounds.

Lyon's candidacy is the lone French bid, but with the country organising Euro 2016, the French submission does not figure to be among the favourites, the source told AFP.

The deadline for candidate cities to formally submit their applications is Thursday, while UEFA's executive committee will announce which cities have formally entered the race later ths month.

The candidate cities will then have until 25 April 2014 to submit their bid dossiers. UEFA is scheduled to name the 13 hosts in September 2014.