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UEFA finds Germany more qualified than Turkey to host Euro 2024

The DFB should be a little relieved by UEFA's evaulation. But in the end, will Philipp Lahm and co. be able to bring the Euro home?

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As per the 40-page evaluation report published by UEFA on Friday, the European football association thinks that Germany is more qualified to host the Euro 2024 than Turkey.

The report (via DW) states that all the stadiums that the Germans said they would use in the Euro Cup already exist; nothing but slight upgrades would be necessary before the tournament. Meanwhile, the Turkish Football Association is planning to rebuild two of their existing stadiums, and renovating another one for the tournament.

The lack of an action plan in the area of human rights was also noted as a matter of concern. Recent economic developments in the country may put planned public investments under pressure. Limited hotel capacity in many cities could also be an issue.

However, the Turkish football association claims that they have the full support of the citizens and their president, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Former Germany international and World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm, who is the ambassador for the German bid said the report is the sign of UEFA having taken note of the country's work of the past several months:

The report shows that we have taken our work of the past several months seriously and UEFA has taken note of our strengths.

If UEFA hands the host position to Germany, Lahm would be the organizing committee for the 2024 tournament. Bayern Munich’s stadium, the Allianz Arena, would be one of the major venues. The final winner of the bid should be announced on the 27th of September.

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