Sports Briefs

Greek-Turkish joint bid for Euro 2008 submitted The Greek and Turkish soccer federations yesterday submitted their joint bid to host the Euro 2008 competition to the Swiss headquarters of UEFA, the sport’s governing body for Europe. Greek and Turkish stadiums will be inspected in August and a final decision will be made next March. Hungary, Russia and Scotland have also lodged bids, while other joint bids have come from Austria and Switzerland, Bosnia and Croatia, and the quartet of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Daniilidou edged out of French Open by Clijsters Greece’s leading tennis player, Lena Daniilidou, seeded 55 in the women’s rankings, bowed out of the French Open late Wednesday night after being edged out in a second-round clash by fourth seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium. Daniilidou succumbed in tie-breakers twice to go down in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6. Daniilidou became the first Greek to reach the third round of Grand Slam events last year, achieving the feat two times, at the US and Australian Open. After retiring as a player for AEK, Bajevic, as coach, led the team to four domestic titles between 1988 and 1994 before transferring to Olympiakos under rather shadowy circumstances to repeat the recipe and cook up three consecutive titles between 1997 and 1999. He has spent the past two seasons with PAOK, leading the Thessaloniki club to last year’s Greek Cup and fourth place in this season’s league.