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Wednesday 02 February 2005
l Uefa has announced that there are eight candidates representing 10 associations interested in staging Euro 2012. Azerbaijan, Greece, Italy, Romania, Russia and Turkey have informed Europe's governing body that they wish to submit a single bid, while joint bids will be presented by Croatia-Hungary and Poland-Ukraine.
l Fifa has announced the first official Beach World Cup which will take place this summer in Brazil. The world governing body have set up a subsidiary organisation to oversee the competition, which will feature 12 teams from across the Fifa confederations.
l World Cup 2006 organisers received orders for half a million tickets from over 70,000 fans within the first 16 hours of the ordering system going live. Applications came from 108 countries, including Burkina Faso and Macao, though most were from host nation Germany. A total of 812,000 tickets are available during the first sales window, which is open until 31 March. Orders will go into a draw on 15 April.
l Porto have named Pedro Couceiro as coach to replace Victor Fernandez. The 42-year-old has left Vitoria Setubal to take the job.
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