L’EQUIPE (France), BBC NEWS (UK)

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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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Michel Platini Source: Flickr

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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