Clear vote: DFB wins contract for EURO 2024
Great relief and joy for the DFB: For the first time since 1988, Germany is once again hosting a European Football Championship in 2024. In the secret ballot in Nyon, Switzerland, the vast majority of the voting members of the UEFA Executive Committee voted in favour of the German bid. Once again, Turkey has been left empty-handed.
Even before the vote, the German bid had been favoured. Last week, UEFA published the evaluation reports on the bid for EURO 2024 and gave the German bid in several categories a better report than the Turkish competition. The members of the Executive Committee were of a similar opinion and gave the DFB with President Reinhard Grindel at the head the go-ahead on Thursday. The Executive Committee voted with a 12:4 abstention for the German bid.
“I would like to thank the UEFA-Exko for the unbelievable trust,” said a relieved Grindel. “I feel a sense of responsibility. We will do everything we can to live up to expectations. We will do everything we can to justify the trust placed in us”.
DFB expects 2.78 million viewers
The games will be played in a total of ten German stadiums in 2024: Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Cologne, Hamburg, Leipzig, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen and Frankfurt won the bidding process. Nuremberg, Hanover, Mönchengladbach and Bremen, on the other hand, had gone away empty-handed. Where the opening match and final will take place is still to be decided. The DFB expects a total of 2.78 million spectators to attend the 51 matches in the stadiums.
Philipp Lahm, World Cup captain from 2014, will take over the function of head organiser of the European Championship. “We are very pleased to be able to host the European Championship. We have great stadiums and fans who love football. We want to celebrate a huge party together in Germany,” Lahm said happily after the announcement.
Bitter disappointment: Turkey fails at fourth attempt
Frustration, on the other hand, once again prevails in Turkey. The application with the centre of Istanbul and eight other cities under the motto “Share together” was unsuccessful – not for the first time. Turkey had already failed three times with a European Championship application for the tournaments 2008, 2012 and 2016. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considered a great football fan and personally intervened in the election campaign – but in vain. And so the delegates of the Turkish association TFF left Switzerland bitterly disappointed. “The fact that UEFA, despite all our strengths, did not award the European Championship to our country is a sad situation,” said Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu: “In this geographical situation, the organisation of this tournament would have been a win-win situation.