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Austria-Hungary Euro 2004 Bid Factfile

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Posted: Friday October 08, 1999 12:07 PM

VIENNA (Reuters) -- Fact file on Austria-Hungary's joint bid to stage the 2004 European soccer championship:

Bid Launched: 1997

Slogan: "Danube Games: Two Countries -- One Goal"

Planned venues:

Austria: Ernst Happel Stadium, Austria (52,630); Salzburg-Wals Stadium, Salzburg (32,678) new; Tivoli Stadium, Innsbruck (30,850) new; Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium, Graz (30,800) renovated; Niederosterreich Arena, St Potten (31,377) new

Hungary: Nep Stadium, Budapest (70,052) renovated; Ferencvaros Stadium, Budapest (32,000); Nagyerdei Stadium, Debrecen (30,000) renovated; Sostoi Stadium, Szekesfehervar (30,000) new; Raba Eto Stadium, Gyor (31,500), renovated

Austrian F.A. Formed: 1904

Affiliated to FIFA: 1905

Affiliated to UEFA: 1954

Registered clubs: 3,000

Registered players: 240,000

Austrian International Honors:

World Cup: semifinalists 1934, 1954

European Championship: last eight 1960

Previously hosted:

Winter Olympic Games: Innsbruck 1964, 1976

European Cup Finals: Vienna (1964, 1987, 1990, 1995)


Hungarian F.A. Formed: 1901

Affiliated to FIFA: 1906

Affiliated to UEFA: 1954

Registered clubs: 3,000

Registered players: 200,000

Hungarian International Honors:

World Cup: runners-up 1938, 1954

European Championship: 3rd place 1964; 4th (1972)

Inter Cities Fairs Cup (winners): Ferencvaros 1965

Chances: While the joint bid from Austria and Hungary has its good points, which will provide long-term benefits to both countries and offer eastern Europe the chance of a major soccer championship for the first time since 1976, it suffers from the fact that the 2000 Championship is being shared between Belgium and the Netherlands and a decision has to be made on 2004 before it is known whether the concept of sharing is successful or not.

Success rating: Unlikely. While Spain's bid is the most likely to succeed and Portugal's also has its merits, it appears there are not many voting members of UEFA ready to give the go-ahead to another shared bid at present.

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