Sarkozy, Zidane lead France's bid team for Euro 2016 vote

13:22, May 28, 2010      

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French delegation for the 2016 European Championship bid has fielded President Nicolas Sarkozy and all-time great soccer icon Zinedine Zidane for the vote on Friday.

The combination will lead France's bid team to try to impress the 13 voting members from the ruling executive of tournament organizer UEFA.

Rival candidate Turkey will call on President Abdullah Gul to promote a bid, while Italy has former national playmaker Paolo Maldini.

Each candidate will front a 30-minute presentation at a Geneva conference center before polling.

France, which was inspired by Zidane to win the 1998 World Cup at home, has hosted two previous Euros including its 1984 victory when captained by Michel Platini.

Platini, now the popular UEFA president who has quietly approved the French bid, did not campaign and will not vote. So will Turkey's Senes Erzik and Italy's Giancarlo Abete.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:intern1)

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