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Soccer's Euro 2020 to be played across continent

Updated: December 6, 2012, 3:17 PM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The 2020 European Championship will be played across the continent, giving about 45 countries hope of hosting the soccer showcase.

A decision on how many cities and countries will stage the 24-team, 51-match tournament is scheduled for the spring of 2014.

Gianni Infantino, general secretary of European soccer's governing body, called the format a "Euro for Europe" and the fulfillment of a wish by UEFA President Michel Platini, who floated the idea in June.

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