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2020 European Championship will be played in several countries across continent

The 2020 European Championship will be played in several countries across the continent.

European soccer's governing body says a decision is expected in the spring of 2014 on how many cities and countries will host the 24-team tournament.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino calls the event a "Euro for Europe."

Infantino says the group's executive committee made the decision Thursday. UEFA President Michel Platini floated the possibility of such a tournament during Euro 2012 in June as "an idea I feel really passionate about."