Representatives from 4 countries join forces for a great tournament
The controversial issue of the joint candidacy of countries Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania to claim the European Championship of 2028 and the 2030 World Cup is progressing more and more. On Monday, 25 February, senior officials of the four states met in Sofia.
The “present” was given by the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport of Greece, George Vasiliadis, with his Bulgarian counterparts Krasen Kralev, Romania’s Constantin Bogdan and Serbia’s Vanja Udovicic, and representatives of the football federations.
The main topic of the meeting was the finalization of the agreement text between the four countries with the aim of signing the Memorandum of Understanding at the next four-day meeting to be hosted in Thessaloniki in April under the Sportexpo 2019. It will also present the members of the joint an organizing committee, which, as has already been agreed, will consist of 4 people from each country.
The four countries have highlighted the importance of submitting the joint candidacy, which will highlight the strategic cooperation and synergy of the four Balkan countries. As already mentioned by the four responsible ministers, countries have begun to make investments in infrastructure such as airports and roads, but also in sports facilities to be ready for a full claim file. At the same time, the cooperation of the 4 countries is expected to extend to the joint claim of other international competitions.
In his post, Mr. Vassiliadis thanked his Bulgarian counterpart, Krasen Kralev, and the federation of the country for their hospitality, help and support, said:
“It is important in these first steps in drawing our common future, our common demands, to reach more tangible results, in texts that will be the driving axes and the driving force for our next moves. We did so today, we discussed the key aspects of the text that we are working together after our meeting in Belgrade so that we can be in place at the beginning of April in Thessaloniki and within the framework of SportExpo that we co-organize, sign the final memorandum of cooperation, which will lead us to the next steps to claim a big event. There has been an excellent debate and what I am optimistic about is that, beyond the political projects, we all perceive the difficulties of the undertaking, we all have a basic guideline the next day and how this exercise will create and give impetus to our countries and will not create problems for us. There was an extensive discussion on the infrastructures they need and a dedicated working group in Thessaloniki to address this issue. What I want to confirm and this is the most important thing is our common conviction, our common position, our common attitude that we are going together not only to claim a great sporting event but to claim a better future and a better tomorrow for all over our region “.
The President of Bulgarian Football Association said: “Bulgaria doesn’t have a normal stadium. Even the national stadium is bad. Romania is closest to the criteria for the campaign. The Romanians will host 4 games of Euro 2020. Serbia has a lot of projects. They begin to build a new national stadium. Greece will reconstruct the Olympic stadium. PAOK will increase the capacity. In Creta there is a new stadium. it is very sad, but we are worst. We hope that we will build 4 new stadiums – every one with 40 000 seats”.
The Bulgarian Minister of Sports, mr. Kralev said: “The goverments of 4 countries back the campaign. Bulgaris will invest money for the highways to Athens and Belgrade. We are expecting the cost of all. This is very big political project. It is not just football. Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv and Burgas are the 4 cities who can host the tournament”.
By the end of the year we shall propose to the governments of Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania to officially make a joint bid to host the UEFA Euro 2028 or the FIFA World Cup 2030, said Bulgarian Minister of Sports Krasen Kralev after a meeting in Sofia with the sports ministers of the three neighbouring Balkan countries, and representatives of the four national football federations. The finalized version of the proposal will be signed in Thessaloniki on 12 April.