Euro 2024: Germany beats Turkey to host tournament
28 September, 2018, 10:58
Turkey is now a four-time losing candidate after failed bids to host Euro 2008, 2012 and 2016.
"The procedure was transparent, the vote was democratic". "President Erdogan is a great football fan", said Turkey's top elected official at UEFA, Servet Yardimci, to The Associated Press in an interview before the vote.
On Thursday afternoon, UEFA confirmed that the German bid had beaten the Turkish bid to host the 2024 tournament.
Former Bayern Munich and Germany captain Philipp Lahm served as an ambassador for the bid, which will see games hosted in 10 cities.
Al Jazeera's Lee Wellings, speaking from London, said the Germans were the favourites to win going into the vote and the result came as "no surprise".
In 2015, German weekly Der Spiegel claimed that Germany paid €6.7 million (around $7.8 million) in bribes to secure the 2006 World Cup.
Germany should have about 400,000 more tickets to sell than the Euro 2016 organisers.
Turkish Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu called the outcome "sad" and implied that the loser in the bidding was not Turkey but the tournament itself, which would miss out on the experience of taking place in Turkey.
Earlier on this year, Germany crashed out of the World Cup in the group stages, and their worldwide team has been filled with controversy ever since.
"In this sense we have lost nothing 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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