Germany Chosen to Host Euro 2024 Championship
UEFA announced on Thursday that Germany has been chosen as the host country for the 2024 European Championship. Germany won the bidding over Turkey, which was the only other nation that put in a bid.
The issue was voted on by the UEFA executive committee. 17 of the committee’s 20 members voted, with German FA president Reinhard Grindel and Turkish FA president Servet Yardinmci barred from voting. Sweden’s Lars-Christer Olsson also missed the vote due to a health issue.
During a speech after the voting, Grindel said, “We will do all we can to meet all expectations. Many thanks for the trust, we will do all we can to justify it.”
Former Bayern Munich and Germany captain Philipp Lahm led Germany’s delegation as the FA’s ambassador, and he has since been tasked to be the head of the country’s organizing committee. Lahm said, “We have great stadiums. We have supporters, who love football. We have people in Germany who would love to celebrate a big party with all of Europe.”
The last time Germany hosted a major tournament was in 2006 when it hosted the World Cup. The last time the Euro tournament was held in Germany came back in 1988 when West Germany did the honors.
The 2024 tournament will have 24 teams playing matches across 10 different German cities. The cities set to host matches are Berlin, Munich, Dortmund, Stuttgart, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Leipzig.
Germany will be the only country to host in 2024 after the 2020 tournament takes place across 12 different countries all over Europe. The cities set to host in 2020 are Rome, Baku, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Glasgow, London, Bilbao, Budapest, Munich and Dublin.
German manager Joachim Low, who will remain in the job despite his team’s lackluster showing at this past summer’s World Cup in Russia, said, “We saw in 2006 in Germany how people came together and it was a big party. We will do the best to feel the same in six years. It will be a great motivation for our young players because they can see that in six years’ time there will be a tournament at home.”
This was Turkey’s best chance at hosting a major tournament for the first time ever, but they ultimately came up short in the voting process. Euro also placed bids and failed to get the final nod in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said, “The procedure was transparent, the vote was democratic. Every democratic decision is the right decision. I know that Germany will be fantastic hosts and that we will see a wonderful tournament both on and off the pitch.”
The German national team’s failure to defend its 2014 World Cup title reportedly led to some conflict within the German federation, but the higher-ups ultimately decided against sacking Low. While some tension remains, those within the federation agreed to put their differences aside in order to focus on putting together a quality bid to host the 2024 European Championships. Obviously, it was successful.
Germany have not won a European Championship since 1996, when the tournament was hosted in England. Portugal won the most recent edition in 2016 with a shocking victory over host nation France. Spain followed up its 2010 World Cup triumph with a dominant showing at Euro 2012 in Poland and the Ukraine.
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