European football’s governing body Uefa has today (Thursday) awarded hosting rights for Euro 2024 to Germany.
Germany landed the rights to the national team showpiece after defeating a rival bid from Turkey. The German Football Association (DFB) initially formally declared its interest to bid to host Euro 2024 in March 2017 and the event will be the first major men’s national team tournament staged in Germany since the 2006 Fifa World Cup, an event that was considered a huge success but has ultimately since been overshadowed by investigations at home and in Switzerland into the bidding process.
In September 2017, the DFB cut a further four stadiums from its bid plan for Euro 2024, finalising a set of 10 venues for the tournament. This was the second set of cuts after an initial 18 venues came forward to play a part in the bid. The DFB settled on a final bid plan that includes Berlin (Olympiastadion), Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park), Düsseldorf (Esprit Arena), Frankfurt am Main (Commerzbank-Arena), Gelsenkirchen (Veltins-Arena), Hamburg (Volksparkstadion), Köln (RheinEnergieStadion), Leipzig (Red Bull Arena), München (Allianz Arena) and Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz Arena).
West Germany hosted the European Championships in 1988 before a unified Germany staged the 2006 World Cup. The DFB last month announced that former national team star Philipp Lahm (pictured) would lead its local organising committee for Euro 2024, should it succeed in landing hosting rights. Former Bayern Munich player Lahm retired from football last year having won 113 caps for Germany. The 34-year-old had served as an ambassador for the German bid.
For the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), today’s news marks the latest blow in its ongoing efforts to land the Euros. The TFF confirmed it would bid for Euro 2024 in February 2017, following up on a pledge it made when exiting the race for rights to the 2020 edition.
Turkey has previously made bids for the Euros in 2008, 2012 and 2016 and had been in contention for the 2020 tournament, which is due to be held in 13 cities across the continent. In April 2014, the TFF elected to withdraw its bid for Euro 2020 hosting rights in favour of concentrating its efforts on landing the 2024 edition of the tournament. The TFF had put forward Istanbul as a candidate for Euro 2020, but later decided it would rather host the entire competition than share it with other cities.
The TFF had made an official application to Uefa to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium. Istanbul lost out in its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games in September 2013 – a development that saw it labelled a strong favourite to land the showpiece package of Uefa’s novel concept for its leading national team competition.
Michel Platini, Uefa president at the time, had previously stated Turkey would be his preferred choice to land the semi-finals and final of the competition. The TFF presented the only solid bid for Euro 2020 in its traditional guise, but question marks surrounded how the proposal would fit in with Istanbul’s tilt at the 2020 Olympics.