Germany has today (Thursday) landed hosting rights to UEFA Euro 2024, with the national team football tournament to be held in 10 stadia across the country.
European football’s governing body chose Germany over a rival bid from Turkey. Germany gained 12 of the UEFA Executive Committee votes to Turkey’s four, with one abstention.
The European Championships were held in Germany in 1988, with Euro 2024 to be the first major men’s national team tournament staged in the country since the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
In September 2017, the German Football Association (DFB) finalised a list of 10 stadia for its bid. The Olympiastadion in Berlin (pictured), the home of the German national team, is set to serve as the main hub of the tournament 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 venue list 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 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 in the final selection.
DFB president Reinhard Grindel said today: “I would like to thank the UEFA Executive Committee for its trust and confidence. I am fully aware of the responsibility and how much this tournament means to UEFA. Tomorrow we will start doing all we can to meet the high expectations you have of us.”
Turkey misses out after making concerted efforts to land the Euros. Turkey previously bid for the Euros in 2008, 2012 and 2016 and had been in contention for the 2020 tournament, which will be held in 13 cities across the continent.
In April 2014, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) withdrew its bid for Euro 2020 hosting rights in order to concentrate its efforts on landing the 2024 edition. The TFF had put forward Istanbul as a candidate for Euro 2020, but decided it would rather host the entire event than share it with other cities.