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UEFA Euro 2008 bids

The bidding process for UEFA Euro 2008 ended on 12 December 2002, when a joint bid from Austria and Switzerland was selected as the host.[1]


By June 2002, seven bids representing twelve countries were formally submitted:[2]

  • Austria–Switzerland (joint bid)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina–Croatia (joint bid),
  • Greece–Turkey (joint bid)
  • Denmark–Finland–Norway–Sweden (joint bid titled Nordic 2008)
  • Hungary
  • Russia
  • Scotland–Ireland (joint bid)

On 12 December 2002, [3]

  • 1. Austria–Switzerland
  • 2. Hungary
  • 3. Greece–Turkey
  • 4. Nordic countries (Denmark–Finland–Norway–Sweden)

Later that day, members of the UEFA Executive Committee voted on the bids, and chose Austria-Switzerland as the winning bid.



Eight venues in eight cities in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina were proposed to host Euro 2008 matches. According to Croatian football executive Ivan Brleković, the stadiums could have been renovated, with a promised 50 million euros investment earmarked by both countries' governments, while more funding had been secured, for upgrading road infrastructure linking host cities.[4]

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nordic 2008

Four Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) had submitted a joint bid titled "Nordic 2008". Eight venues selected for the bid included capitals of all four nations:[5]


In February 2002, the Scottish Football Association (SFA), and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), officially confirmed their joint bid to host the 2008 European Championship.[6] SFA's chief executive David Taylor said that the bid envisioned Scotland hosting the opening match, three group stages, three quarter finals, one semi-final and the final match, with Ireland hosting one group stage, one quarter-final, and one semi-final.[6] In June 2000, the SFA refused to rule out an bid consisting Scotland–Northern Ireland–Wales–Ireland.[7] In July 2000, David Taylor announced the bid would enhance if England failed to secure the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[8]

The eight venues would have been:[9]

Two of the following three:

Two of the following three:


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