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UEFA Reviewing Bids to Host 2008 European Football Championships - 2001-11-22

European football's governing body UEFA has received six initial bids involving 13 nations hoping to host the finals of the 2008 European football championships.

In a statement Wednesday, UEFA announced that Hungary and Scotland have bid to host the event on their own. But many of the bids consist of two to four countries joining together to submit joint bids. Austria and Switzerland, Bosnia and Croatia, and Greece and Turkey have entered bids to co-host the championships.

In addition to its solo bid, Scotland has also discussed the possibility of a joint bid with Ireland, and Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Switzerland have banded together for an unprecedented four-nation offer dubbed "Nordic 2008."

The deadline for making official bids was Tuesday. The nations must still confirm their proposals with UEFA by February of 2002. UEFA will make its final decision in December of 2002, after reviewing the plans and making inspections visits to the countries.