This morning, UEFA awarded the German football federation the right to host the 2024 European Championship over a rival bid from Turkey by a vote of 12-4.
This is the first time Germany has hosted a Euro since 1988, before the country was re-unified.
Prior to the announcement, both federations gave their final presentations. The German candidacy, headed by DFB president Reinhard Grindel and bid ambassador Philipp Lahm, presented their bid as the “safe bet” to host the tournament. The claim was in direct response to a recent UEFA evaluation that revealed there were many risks in holding the tournament in Turkey. Among these included limited hotel spaces, scale of infrastructure work ahead of the tournament, and lack of a human rights action plan.
The competition between the German and Turkish bids intensified over the summer after the situation between Mesut Ozil and the German football federation following Germany’s collapse at the World Cup.
While the sites have been set, which includes Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena, the hosts of the knockout rounds have yet to be announced.