UEFA has confirmed that it received four bids to stage the Euro 2016 championships by Monday’s deadline. They are France, Italy, Turkey and a joint bid from Sweden and Norway.
According to a press release from European football’s governing body, “France, Italy, and Turkey have informed UEFA they wish to submit a single bid, while a joint bid will be presented by Norway/Sweden.”
The process now continues, with UEFA looking at the infrastructure and experience of each of the candidates, and presenting them with the requirements expected of them.
“A second phase, starting on or about 3 April 2009 with the distribution of the bid requirements, will allow the candidates to develop their bid dossiers, which they will have to present to UEFA by 15 February 2010.”
After that stage, UEFA will visit each candidate, and provide written evaluations of their suitability, with a final decision being made at the end of May 2010.
If Norway and Sweden’s bid is successful, it would be the fourth time finals have been jointly hosted. Belgium and Holland first did so in 2000, Austria and Switzerland eight years afterwards and Poland and the Ukraine will do so in three years time.