Low: Hosting Euro 2024 is ‘exceptional’ for Germany

Joachim Low has described the decision to make Germany 2024 European Championship hosts as “exceptional for our country”.

Germany won the right to stage the tournament, beating Turkey in a straight vote by UEFA’s executive committee in Nyon.

Three-time winners of the competition, Germany hosted the event in 1988 and have also staged the 1974 and 2006 World Cups.

“A tournament like this is exceptional for our country,” Germany’s World Cup-winning manager Low told the German Football Association website.

“It’s a good step for the next few years, and everyone in the association can now plan ahead for it.

“Such a tournament can really motivate younger players as well.”

This is Turkey’s fourth defeat in the last five Euro bidding races and they had been hoping to mark the republic’s 100th anniversary in 2024 by staging their first major international football tournament.

But while Germany’s hotel stock, stadiums and transport infrastructure are all in place and of high quality, Turkey’s bid was marked down for needing to upgrade airports, railways, roads and stadiums, particularly at a time when their economy is struggling.

The country’s poor human-rights record was also flagged up by a UEFA evaluation report.

“I feel great anticipation and am mightily relieved,” said Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm.

“We have excellent stadia, and fans who adore football.

“We’re very welcoming and we want to show that.

“We’ve done a lot of preparation, and we want to share this and get everyone involved.”

France v Croatia – FIFA World Cup 2018 – Final – Luzhniki Stadium
World Cup winner Philipp Lahm has hailed Germany’s stadia ahead of Euro 2024 (Aaron Chown/PA)

With German federation president Reinhard Grindel and the Turkish federation’s vice-chairman Servet Yardimci ineligible to vote and Denmark’s Lars-Christer Olsson unwell, the decision was made by the 17 remaining members of the UEFA ExCo.

Germany won by 12 votes to four with one vote invalid.

Berlin’s Olympic Stadium will host the final of the 24-team competition – the 17th edition of the tournament – with a total of 51 games scheduled for up to 32 days in June and July.

Soccer – FIFA World Cup 2006 Stadiums – Olympiastadion – Berlin
The Olympiastadion in Berlin will host the final of the 2024 European Championship (Nick Potts/PA)

The nine other cities that will be used for games are Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “They were very strong bids from two big footballing countries but unfortunately only one could win.

“The procedure was transparent and the vote was democratic and I believe every democratic decision is the right one.

“I can only say I’m looking forward to going to the tournament in 2024.”

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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