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LAUSANNE - It is one of the most eagerly awaited announcements in soccer. But on Thursday, no country won the right to host the 2020 edition of the European Championship after UEFA, the continent's governing soccer board, chose for the first time to spread the event across a dozen cities in multiple countries.

The idea had been pushed for several months by UEFA president and France’s legendary captain Michel Platini, reports L’Equipe.

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It means there will be no one country hosting the tournament despite the fact that Turkey was officially campaigning to host the competition.

England’s Football Association has already put forward London’s Wembley Stadium to European governing body UEFA as a possible venue for the final, adds BBC News.

The names of the hosting cities will be announced in the Spring of 2014.

The Euro 2016 will be held in France, which won the comptetition in 1984 and 2000.

Spain won the latest edition in July 1st 2012, which was co-organized by Poland and Ukraine.

UEFA hosting Euros all across one continent is still more sane than hosting a World Cup in Qatar.

— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) December 6, 2012

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Russia’s neighbors — from Finland in the west to Mongolia 3,100 miles (5,076 km) to the east — are being flooded with the arrival of men fleeing the national draft announced last week as Moscow's invasion of Ukraine falters. Some 2,000 miles to the south of Helsinki, at the border with Georgia, there are reports of long lines of cars and bicycles trying to leave and Russian crackdowns on men trying to flee.

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In the first two days after Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization, 261,000 men of conscription age have left the country. Observers believe that has likely doubled since. The most popular destinations are the neighboring countries where one can enter without a visa or even without an international passport, such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia.

But Finland too has reported a major uptick, with nearly 19,000 arriving, compared to 9,000 crossing in the opposite direction. "The arrival rate is about double what it was a week ago," Mert Sasioglu of the Finnish border guard told AFP.

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