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Uefa to consider four 2016 bids

Spain celebrate their Euro 2008 triumph
Spain triumphed over Germany in the final of Euro 2008

Uefa will assess bids from France, Italy, Turkey and a joint proposal from Norway and Sweden to host Euro 2016.

The four bids have been submitted and a final decision will be taken in May next year.

The candidates will have to submit bid dossiers by February 2010 and then Uefa officials will visit the bidding countries to evaluate their plans.

Scotland and Wales pulled out of making a joint bid to host the tournament because of the global economic crisis.

Uefa says it will now review the eligibility of each of the four proposals before confirming a list of official bidders.

Italy also made a bid for Euro 2012, which is to be hosted by Poland and Ukraine, while France will hope the presence of Michel Platini as Uefa president will work in their favour.

Turkey's will try to persuade Uefa's executive committee to take the tournament to a new country.

Austria and Switzerland staged Euro 2008, which was won by Spain.

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