Euro 2024: Germany to host European Championship after seeing off Turkey's challenge

Germany were knocked out of the World Cup group stages last summer

"I'd like to thank the UEFA Executive for their incredible confidence and I feel the responsibility - we will do our utmost to live up to expectations", said German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel after the announcement.

UEFA Euro logo displayed before a football match.

The two European nations went head to head in their bid to host the Euros in six years' time, but the majority of UEFA's Executive Committee gave their vote to Germany, as announced by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

But Germany did not just pitch itself as a steady hand that can host a lucrative tournament without a hitch - it has also voiced hope that a tournament on its soil could build societal unity.

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

In comparison, if Turkey wins, the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul would be rebuilt with an 85,000 capacity after it hosts the 2020 Champions League final.

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However, the German soccer federation and fans have troubled relations with national team players Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, whose roots are Turkish.

If the allotment of games follows the same structure as the 2006 World Cup, it is likely that the final of the 2024 European Championships will be held in Berlin's Olympiastadion.

Three of Turkey's stadiums would hold fewer than 35,000 for games.

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.

UEFA wanted certainty and decided instead on staging Euro 2020 in multiple countries. Revenue from the 24-team Euro 2016 in France was nearly 2 billion euros ($2.35 billion).

Turkey's vision for the Euro 2024 includes the motto: "We will share together".

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