Germany wins hosting rights for Euro 2024, pips competition from Turkey

Portugal are the reigning European champions after beating hosts France 1-0 in the final of the 2016 edition

Portugal are the reigning European champions after beating hosts France 1-0 in the final of the 2016 edition

UEFA's executive committee have made their decision on the host country for Euro 2024 and have decided that Germany will stage the tournament.

While Turkey have yet to host a major worldwide tournament Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin conceded the two nations made "very strong bids".

"The procedure was transparent, the vote was democratic".

Further to the announcement of the successful bid, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said: "Let me offer my congratulations to both the German and Turkish football associations for their excellent bids". Germany should have about 400,000 more seats to sell than the Euro 2016 organizers.

Europe's signature competition was hosted in 1988 by West Germany, one year before the Berlin Wall came down.

Germany will host the Euro 2024 soccer tournament after beating Turkey in a two-horse contest on Thursday (Sept 27).

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UEFA considered that the German bid already had everything in place to host a successful event - from stadiums to infrastructure and hotels.

Turkey proposed its strongest, government-backed bid yet with eight of 10 stadiums already completed and owned by the sports ministry.

Earlier this year, German footballer of Turkish origin, Mesut Ozil, quit the national side, accusing the country's football federation of institutional racism.

As for Grindel and the DFB, winning the right to host the tournament comes as a welcome piece of good news following a summer that saw the national team crash out of the World Cup in Russian Federation - as well as the controversy over a meeting Germany players Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan had with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "There is nothing we have lost as a country".

Euro 2024 is to mark the return of the European Championship to a single-host format, after the pan-European tournament in 2020, which is meant as a celebration of its 60th anniversary.

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