With the European Games opening ceremony having kicked off the event last Friday, the city of Baku is already setting sights on hosting some of the true elite in the world of football.
The inaugural games this month will see 6,000 athletes descend on the Azeri city to take part in 20 different sports, including Beach Soccer, featuring global rising star Noel Ott.
Baku’s revamped Olympic stadium will also play host to three group games and a quarter-final clash at Euro 2020, but Azerbaijan are also hoping to welcome the very best of club football in the coming years.
Azerbaijan Football Federation general secretary Elkham Mammadov says: “Now we have a 68,000 capacity stadium. This is the biggest in the whole region.
“Why not bid for Europa League final matches, for Champions League final matches, and think towards the big event as well?”
Baku will see Formula One take to its streets next year, with a brand new European Grand Prix featuring a record-breaking straight set for the 2016 season.
“I think it’s a wonderful place, I was very impressed the first time I came here,” says F1 Group chairman Bernie Ecclestone.
With Baku now firmly on the sporting map, the chance to host the greatest games European football has to offer could soon be on the horizon.
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