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DFB narrows down venues for Euro 2024 bid

The German Football Association (DFB) has released a shortlist of venues that it will feature in its official bid to host the 2024 Uefa European Championships (Euro 2024).

The national governing body has included 10 stadia in the bid, which it intends to submit to Uefa, the sport’s governing body in Europe, prior to the deadline of April 27 next year.

The Olympiastadion in Berlin (pictured), the home of the German national team, sits at the top of the proposed list after previously being used to host a number of other major football events, including the 2006 Fifa World Cup final and the 2015 Uefa Champions League final.

Also included on the confirmed shortlist are the Allianz Arena, home of German Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich; Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund; the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig; and the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart.

The RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne, the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, the Volksparkstadion in Düsseldorf, the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, and the VELTINS Arena in Gelsenkirchen make up the other venues on the list.

The DFB also confirmed four stadia that had also been put forward for inclusion on the shortlist, but did not make the final cut.

The Max-Morlock Stadium in Nuremberg, the HDI Arena in Hanover, Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach and the Weserstadion in Bremen were the venues to miss out.

DFB president Reinhard Grindel said: “I would like to thank the representatives of all 14 cities and stadiums who have applied for the tournament. We spoke with all applicants after the presidential meeting, whereby it was particularly important to us personally to the four venues [that missed out on the list].

“The DFB Presidium has not taken a sports policy decision for or against a location, but has followed the recommendation of the application committee, which has thoroughly examined all applications in a detailed, transparent and exemplary procedure.

“I hope that the four non-considered candidates will continue to support our common goal of Euro 2024, and will all contribute together to make a strong application for the whole of German football next year.”

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