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Germany wins bid to host Euro 2024 after Turkish bid is hit by poor human rights record

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

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

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

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.

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.

Speaking at the announcement ceremony, 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.’

Grindel and Germany’s bid ambassador Philipp Lahm made short speeches in German thanking the ExCo for their support and promising to deliver a memorable 17th edition of the tournament.

THE STADIUMS OF EURO 2024

1) Olympic Stadium – Berlin

Originally constructed for the 1936 Olympic Games, Germany’s version of Wembley has been the home of Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin since 1963 and will host the Euro 2024 final.

The stadium has hosted the final of the German Cup since 1985 and was the venue for 2006 World Cup final and 2015 Champions League final.

Capacity: 74,475

2) Mercedes-Benz-Arena – Stuttgart

Renamed in 2009, the Mercedes-Benz Arena is home to Bundesliga side Stuttgart.

Capacity: 54,906

3) Merkur Spielarena – Dusseldorf

Perhaps the least impressive ground on the list, newly-poromoted Fortuna Dusseldorf’s ground was not selected for the 2006 World Cup.

Capacity: 54,600

4) Commerzbank Arena – Frankfurt

Situated in Germany’s financial capital, it is no surprise that Frankfurt’s stadium has been chosen for the tournament.

Capacity: 48,500

5) Volksparkstadion – Hamburg

Hamburg’s stadium is back to usuing its original name after a number of different sponsors’ ones.

Capacity: 51,500

6) Veltins-Arena – Gelsenkirchen

With a retractable roof that can protect the p-itch from bad weather, Schalke’s stadium hosts a whole variety of events as well as football.

Capacity: 54,740

7) Rheinenergie Stadion – Cologne

Built on the foundations of the old Mungersdorfer Stadion, Cologne’s new stadium was constructed for the 2006 World Cup and has four pillars that shine brightly at night.

Capacity: 45,965

8) Allianz Arena – Munich

The newest ground on this list, the ultra-modern Allianz Arena has been home to German giants Bayern Munich since 2005.

Buuilt for the 2006 World Cup, its outer scales can change colours and it was the host of the 2012 Champions League final, where Chelsea beat its tenants on penalties.

Capacity: 70,000

9) Signal Iduna Park – Dortmund

The largest football in stadium in Germany, Borussia Dortmund’s home can pack in 81,360 supporters.

However, this amount is reduced to 65,851 when its terracing is replaced with seats for European and international matches.

10) Red Bull Arena – Leipzig

Built within the confines of the historic Zentralstadion, the Red Bull Arena became the home of the newly-created RB Leipzig in 2010.

Capacity: 42,959

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