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So Turkey, who has already been host to several international events, is not good enough, you suckers?

Foul play by the French side is being claimed in Turkish dailies. More anger here.

Too big to lose

from FT.com – World, Europe
Michel Platini, the president of Uefa, has in fact created football’s own variant of the ‘too big to fail’ problem known to finance. Perhaps it should be called ‘too big to lose’

France edge Turkey in race to stage Euro 2016

from Yahoo news
France were named as hosts of Euro 2016 by UEFA president Michel Platini here on Friday, the French bid beating off strong opposition from the two other candidates – Turkey and Italy.

Une Victoire pour Platini

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

“It was not an easy situation for me ? I am French, my name is Italian and I have many friends in Turkey. It was the same for Senes Erzik, the [Turkish] first vice-president of UEFA.” Michel Platini, UEFA president.

“We also understand the frustration of Italy and Turkey ? particularly Turkey, who lost by a single vote after bidding for a third time.”Jean-Pierre Escalettes, president of the French Football Federation

Turkeys President Gul addresses the UEFA ...

Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul addresses the UEFA Executive Committee during final bid presentations in Geneva May 28, 2010. Turkey, Italy and France are bidding to host the Euro soccer championship in 2016.? Read more » REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Turkey, Italy, France make bids to host Euro 2016

from Yahoo news
Turkey, Italy and France have started making their final presentations to win hosting rights for soccer’s 2016 European Championship. Turkish president Abdullah Gul gave the keynote speech Friday for his country’s bid to host its first major soccer tournament. French president Nicolas Sarkozy is scheduled to lead his country’s request to the 13 voting members of UEFA’s ruling…

COULD TURKEY GET EURO 2016 TOURNAMENT?

from Turkey(Turkiye) football(soccer) Column and News  by Ahmet Turgut

Europe Is Keen To Remain Old

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

UEFA has announced that France will organize Euro 2016 football championship. Turkey has lost the final with just one vote of the UEFA committee with 13 members, but the result still shows that Europe is not the United States.

Third time not a charm for Turkey’s UEFA 2016 bid

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey?s dreams of hosting European football?s showpiece event were shattered Friday as France became the host country of the 2016 European Championships.

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