UEFA Euro 2008 bids

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

On 12 December 2002, UEFA's National Teams Committee made a recommendation based on technical evaluation of the six candidates and concluded that only four bids had the capability of organising the tournament, ranked as follows:[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[edit]

Four Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) had submitted a joint bid titled Nordic 2008.[5] The bid was announced in October 2001.[6]

Eight venues selected for the bid included capitals of all four nations:

Scotland–Republic of Ireland[edit]

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.[7] 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 the Republic of Ireland hosting one group stage, one quarter final, and one semi final.[7]

In June 2000, the SFA refused to rule out an bid consisting Scotland–Northern Ireland–Wales–Republic of Ireland.[8] In July 2000, David Taylor announced the bid would enhance if England failed to secure the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[9]

The eight venues would have been:[10]

Two of the following three:

Two of the following three:


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  2. ^ "UEFA welcomes EURO 2008 candidates". UEFA.com. 19 June 2002. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Bose, Mihir (13 December 2002). "Scots-Irish bid sunk by politics". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bosnian-Croatian bid hoping to heal Balkan divisions". Reuters. Sports Illustrated. 3 December 2002. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nordic 2008". ScottishFitba.net. 10 December 2002. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nordic states to bid for Euro 2008". www.irishtimes.com. 29 October 2001. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Scotland and Ireland launch Euro 2008 bid". The Guardian. 28 February 2002. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Scots step up Euro 2008 campaign". bbc.co.uk. 4 June 2000. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Scots prepare Euro 2008 bid". bbc.co.uk. 2 July 2000. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "The planned venues". BBC. 9 December 2002. Retrieved 16 June 2012.