UEFA confirm German and Turkish bids for Euro 2024

UEFA confirm German and Turkish bids for Euro 2024
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Published March 8th, 2017 - 19:42 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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European football governing body UEFA on Wednesday officially recognized Germany and Turkey as the only bidders to host Euro 2024.

"It's clear that there will be two strong bids for UEFA's showcase national team competition, and it will be a tough decision to make for the UEFA Executive Committee," UEFA general secretary Theodore Theodoridis said in a statement.

The initial documents from both bidding countries were handed over to UEFA last week ahead of the March 3 deadline.

"It was important to me that I personally presented our application to UEFA," German football association president Reinhard Grindel said.

"We're confident in saying that, with our vast experience, our current stadium infrastructure and the basic conditions in Germany, we can stage an economic, first-class tournament."

Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup and West Germany hosted the European championships in 1988.

Turkey has yet to host a major championships having been unsuccessful in three previous Euro bids.

"We are now hoping it will be fourth time lucky," said Turkish federation president Yildirim Demiroren. "Over the last few years, around 32 new stadiums have been built or are currently being constructed around the country.

"With this level of investment, Turkey is proving that it is one of the world's leaders in its commitment to football infrastructure."

Completed bid dossiers must be submitted to UEFA by April 27, 2018, before the championships are awarded in September that year.

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