UEFA awarded Germany the rights to host the 2024 European Championships ahead of Turkey by its executive committee on Thursday. Euro 2024 will return to a single-host format after Euro 2020 is held across Europe, including Germany. The Euro 2020 is scheduled to take place in 12 venues across Europe, with Wembley Stadium staging the semifinals and final, as well as three group games and a last-16 tie.
Interestingly, Germany and Turkey were the only countries who have made the bid for hosting the Euro 2024. In the build-up, an evaluation report by UEFA stated Turkey’s bid had risks. After a two-horse race for Euro 2024, the German Football Association’s (DFB) successful bid means they will host a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 World Cup.
The four-time world champions Germany have won the Euros three times – 1972, 1980 and 1996 – and last staged the continental competition as West Germany in 1988.
Turkey, meanwhile, miss out for a fourth time after failed bids for Euro 2008, 2012 and 2016 – losing out on the latter by one vote to France.
Ahead of the vote by the executive committee, an evaluation report by UEFA warned that naming Turkey as the hosts carried a lot of risks, citing the country’s lack of an action plan in the area of human rights, limited hotel capacity in many cities and the scale of transport infrastructure work required as matters “of concern”.
In contrast, Germany’s “very high quality” proposal was judged to meet or “comfortably exceed” UEFA’s expectations in almost every area.
Reacting to the announcement alongside German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel and World Cup-winning bid ambassador Philipp Lahm, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “The procedure was transparent, the voting was democratic, and every democratic decision is the right decision. I’m looking forward to a fantastic Euro 2024.”
Euro 2024 will feature 24 teams, taking place in June and July, with 51 games scheduled for up to 32 days.
(With Quotes from Agencies)