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UEFA chooses Germany as EURO 2024 host

From Germany and Turkey, UEFA selects Germany to host EURO 2024

Despite a strong bid, Turkey was overlooked by UEFA for the 2024 European Football Championship.

UEFA has announced Germany as the host nation of the 2024 European Football Championshp.

The UEFA Executive Committee met in Nyon on September 27 to pick the EURO 2024 host with Germany and Turkey bidding to host the tournament.

Germany and Turkey were the only candidates to stage the 24-team tournament.

Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006, but has never staged the Euro as a unified country: West Germany hosted in 1988.

The bid sees matches spread over 10 stadiums with capacity for a total of 2.78 million spectators — 290,000 more than Turkey — giving Germany a financial edge from potential ticket revenue.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin had made clear it is crucial “to make as much money as possible,” from Euro 2024.

Ceferin, vice presidents Swedish Karl-Erik Nilsson, Portuguese Fernando Gomes, Ukrainian Grigoriy Surkis, Italian Michele Uva and British David Gill voted to determine the host.

A total of 17 UEFA officials — including the president, five UEFA vice presidents and 11 executive committee members — voted.

The executive members who were eligible to vote include Polish Zbigniew Boniek, Hungarian Sandor Csanyi, Irish John Delaney, Swedish Peter Gillieron, French Florence Hardouin, Bulgarian Borislav Mihaylov, Spanish Juan Luis Larrea Sarobe, Croatian Davor Suker, Dutch Michael van Praag, Italian Andrea Agnelli and British Ivan Gazidis.

Turkey’s Servet Yardimci, another member of the executive committee, and Germany’s Reinhard Grindel, a vice president of the UEFA, were not eligible to vote.

Earlier, the committee approved the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the UEFA Champions League from next season and for Euro 2020, following similar moves by FIFA and other top leagues.

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