Germany have won the right to stage the 2024 European Championship, beating Turkey in a vote by UEFA’s executive committee in Nyon.
The Three time winners of the competition beat stiff competition from turkey.
Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin announced the winner following a campaign that saw politics and concerns over human rights in Turkey play a central role.
“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 considered that the German bid already had everything in place to host a successful event — from stadiums to infrastructure and hotels.
European football’s governing body has also said it wants to make as much money as possible from the 2024 tournament and Germany was considered the better financial bet.
“Together, we have to make the European Championship a tournament for all Europeans,” he added in a statement.
Turkey meanwhile had been desperate to host its first ever major sporting event but its bid was weakened by concerns over its faltering economy, lacking transport network and, perhaps most importantly, human rights.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan loomed large over the campaign and Thursday’s defeat may be seen in part as a personal rebuke.
His government’s unprecedented crackdown, including thousands of arrests, following a failed 2016 coup has raised worldwide concern.
That unease was shared by Uefa, which noted in its evaluation report that the Turkish bid’s “lack of action plan in the area of human rights is a matter of concern.”
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.
The nine other cities that will be used for games are Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.