France names its 12 venues for Euro 2016 bid

BY foxsports • November 11, 2009

France has named the 12 venues it hopes will be able to host the 2016 European Championship.

The French football federation said Wednesday that stadiums in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nancy, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg and Toulouse could all be used if France hosts Euro 2016.

Matches would be played at nine venues, while the three others would be backups.

France must hand in its candidature in February, with UEFA announcing the winner next May. Other single bids have been received from Italy and Turkey, while Sweden and Norway are making a joint bid.

France won the European Championship when it last hosted the tournament in 1984, with the final at Parc des Princes in Paris.