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Scots and Welsh eye Euro 2016 bid

Hampden would be Scotland's showcase venue for a 2016 bid.

The Scottish Football Association could launch a bid to host the Euro 2016 football championship with Wales.

An SFA spokesman has confirmed that talks will take place about a joint bid although the proposal is "tentative".

The 2016 tournament is being expanded to 24 teams making it difficult for small nations to stage the event alone.

FA of Wales secretary general David Collins said: "The matter is on the agenda for our council meeting next week."

Northern Ireland have also been linked with a joint Celtic bid although Scotland would probably favour a proposal in partnership with Wales.

A Uefa spokesman told BBC Sport that submissions are likely to be sought by spring 2009 and the tournament expansion may see the number of suitable grounds required rise from eight to at least 10.


However, he stressed no policy has yet been formed on the regulations governing the new format.

The criteria should be known by early next year, which would allow the SFA and their Welsh counterparts to discuss the matter further at the annual meeting of home nations in February.

If the project gets beyond the initial stage, a feasibility study would be commissioned to examine the infrastructure regarding accommodation, transport and improved stadiums.

Scotland and the Republic of Ireland made a joint bid for Euro 2008 but lost out early in the decision-making process; not even making the final four candidates for selection.

Poland and Ukraine are co-hosting the 2012 European Championship.

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