Turkey, France & Italy among Euro 2016 bidders

MILAN - Turkey, France and Italy will bid to host Euro 2016 with Norway and Sweden also interested in co-hosting the expanded tournament, UEFA said on Tuesday.

Monday was the deadline for countries to register their interest in holding the championship, which will have 24 teams for the first time.

UEFA said in a statement that bid dossiers will have to presented by February 15, 2010 and that a final decision will be made on or around May 27 next year.

Italy, which last hosted the World Cup in 1990, missed out on the next European Championship tournament in 2012 to Ukraine and Poland because of a hooligan problem and the crumbling state of stadiums in Serie A.

Turkey and Norway have never hosted a major international soccer tournament while Sweden held the World Cup in 1958 and Euro 92.

France won the World Cup in 1998 when they last hosted a major tournament.

Media reports last year said Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were interested in bidding for Euro 2016 but UEFA said it was opposed to three nation-bids.

Austria and Switzerland co-hosted Euro 2008, which was won by Spain.