Germany and Nordics indicate Euro 2024 interest

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PARIS (AP) – Germany and a combined Nordic nations bid are possible candidates to host the 2024 European Championship.

UEFA interim general secretary Theodore Theodoridis says the contenders have expressed only unofficial interest for a contest that should be decided in 2018.

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Theodoridis says he has “no indication” yet over whether Turkey will bid. Turkey was edged by France for the hosting rights to Euro 2016 and declined an invitation to host Euro 2020 alone.

Germany has focused on a 2024 bid, leaving England clear to host the semifinals and final of the multi-nation Euro 2020.

The Nordic group of soccer federations from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden said in April they wanted to host the tournament either in 2024 or 2028. That bid would seek to stage events in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, too.