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Nordic nations to make joint bid for future Euros

Sweden, Denmark and Norway are clubbing together with Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands in a joint push to host the European Championship in 2024 and 2028.

Nordic nations to make joint bid for future Euros
Norway's Marcus Pedersen, Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner, who've all played in previous big tournaments. Photos: TT/Scanpix/Vegard Wivestad Grøtt; TT/Denis Tyrin;TT/Michael
The Nordic countries announced their plans for a combined bid in a media statement released after the region's football associations met for talks over the weekend.
 
Jesper Møller, head of the Danish Football Association (DBU) said that efforts would focus on “sustainability, volunteerism and well-being”, while promoting an environmentally friendly and transparent approach.
 
“The Euros is one of the biggest events in the world of football, and it is great for all of us who love football,” he said.
 
Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic representatives alongside officials from Finland and the Faroe Islands are set to brainstorm the deal's details at a meeting in Greenland scheduled to take place in August.
 
France is currently counting down the days until it hosts the next European Championship, Euro 2016, with the group stages kicking off on June 10th. Sweden and Iceland are the only Nordic countries to have qualified for the tournament.
 
The competition, which takes place every four years, is usually led by just one or two host nations. However Euro 2020 will be staged in 13 different countries, including Denmark, in a nod to the 60th anniversary of European football contests.
 
Uefa says the move is also designed to “give some countries and cities the potential opportunity to be part of a tournament they may otherwise not be able to host”.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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