Germany has won the right to host the 2024 European Championship, beating Turkey in a vote by UEFA’s Executive Committee. This is to be the first time Germany will host the tournament since 1988.
Thursday’s announcement was delayed by several minutes, but when UEFA President Alexander Ceferin finally stepped onto the stage at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, it came as little surprise that it was Germany’s name that he pulled out of the envelope.
“The procedure was transparent, the vote was democratic. Every democratic decision is the right decision,” Ceferin said.
The announcement was met with broad smiles and cheers from German Football Assocation (DFB) President Reinhard Grindel and the rest of his delegation.
“I would like to thank the UEFA Executive Commitee for the unbelieveable trust,” Grindel said. “I feel a sense of responsibility. We know what this tournament means. We will do everything in our power to live up to the expectations.”
Grindel was also quoted as saying Germany had won by a vote of 12-4 with one invalid ballot cast.