Germany has successfully won the bid to host the UEFA Euro 2024, in UEFA’s voting process that saw them receive 12 votes ahead of second-placed Turkey’s 4.
10 cities will serve hosts for Euro 2024
After staging the European Championship for the first time in 1988, Germany has been selected yet again as the host nation for Euro 2024, online sportsbook news report. It will also mark the first time the competition will have taken place in a reunified Germany, which should make the occasion all the more special.
Following the voting process by the UEFA Executive Committee that was held in Nyon, Germany win their bid to stage the prestigious event, thus beating Turkey’s bid. This was the fourth consecutive time – after failed bids for Euro 2012, 2016 and 2020 – that Turkey (single-nation bid) has lost out on being a Euro host nation for the tournament, despite the presence of a high level of footballing infrastructure.
Euro 2024 will probably be one of the first European Championship tournaments in recent history that will see the country make use of its already existing venues, without the need to build a single new stadium for the event.
Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup (where they finished third), for which they have built and/or refurbished a number of their currently existing grounds. This means that their sporting infrastructure is ready for use; they might only need to refurbish some of the stadiums to make them more appealing for the championship, but that’s it.
The championship will be held across 10 cities, all of which have state-of-the-art stadiums: Berlin (Olympiastadion), Munich (Allianz Arena), Dortmund (Westfalenstadion), Gelsenkirchen (Arena AufSchalke), Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz Arena), Hamburg (Volksparkstadion), Dusseldorf (Merkur Spiel-Arena), Cologne (Mungersdorfer Stadion), Leipzig (Red Bull Arena) and Frankfurt (Waldstadion).
The final for Euro 2024 is not yet decided, with the German FA deliberating between Berlin’s iconic Olympiastadion and Munich’s innovative Allianz Arena, per online sportsbooks in Germany.
UEFA’s President Aleksander Ceferin was quick to point out that the voting process was conducted in a democratic system, perhaps wanting to highlight the difference between the new system by him and that of FIFA’s and UEFA’s predecessors, who were entangled in corruption scandals, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, respectively.
Transparency is key for UEFA
“The process was transparent and democratic,” said the UEFA President. “A democratic decision is always the right decision. I’m looking forward to a fantastic European Championship in Germany.”
The head of the German FA, Reinhard Grindel, highlighted that they’re fully committed and ready to take on the responsibility of organizing such a tremendous event, which is less than 6 years away. The German DFB () has recently been embroiled in heavy controversy surrounding midfielder and World Cup winner Mesut Ozil, who is of Turkish origin.
The controversy stemmed from Ozil’s claim the German FA and certain politicians in the country have discriminated against him, which has made him retire from Die Mannschaft at the ripe age of 29, right after their early exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Now the German FA will be looking to put that saga behind them as they put in all their efforts to stage another great event, which could have the potential to be as well-received as the 2006 World Cup they hosted.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues and friends from the UEFA Executive Committee for their unbelievable faith,” commented the DFB President. “I feel a great sense of responsibility. I know what this tournament means for UEFA and we will do everything we can, starting from tomorrow, to fulfil expectations. I’m pleased that we showed through our plans and argumentation that an application like ours can be a successful one.”