Germany will host the 2024 European Championship, 2024 football tournament beating Turkey in a vote by UEFA’s Executive Committee.
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin made the announcement at a ceremony in Switzerland following a vote by the executive committee of European soccer’s ruling body.
Both countries presented their final bids to Uefa before the decision was announced.Germany received 12 of the 17 votes with four for Turkey and one abstention.
Germany hosted the event in 1988 as West Germany and successfully held the 2006 World Cup, won the vote.The competition is expected to last for 32 days with 51 games to be played in June and July.
The tournament, featuring 24 teams, will revert to its conventional format of being held in a single host country in 2024. The Euro 2020 tournament will be staged in cities around the continent to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Berlin’s Olympic Stadium will host the final of the 24-team competition, while nine other cities that will be used for games are Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.
This was the fourth time that Turkey has been unsuccessful in a bid to host a European Championship, having sought to win the right to host the 2008, 2012 and 2016 tournaments.
“This is saddening for UEFA and for Euro 2024. Our strength, quality in terms of (this) organization is obvious. It is clear that we have new facilities and stadiums,” Turkey’s sports minister, Mehmet Kasapoglu, told Turkish television. “There is nothing we have lost as a country.”