Munich named German Euro 2020 hosts
The German Football Association (DFB) has decided to name Munich as the candidate city for the 2020 European Championship.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tournament, Euro 2020 will take place in 13 different countries across Europe for the first and last time.
Munich and Berlin were left in the race to be named Germany’s host city -- after Dortmund dropped out due to infrastructure problems earlier this year -- before the DBF announced its selection on Friday.
“It wasn’t an easy decision for us as we had two strong candidates in Munich and Berlin,” DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach said in a statement.
“Both have proven on several occasions that they can deal with this kind of large-scale event. With Munich as a venue, we’re confident we have a good chance of being awarded an event package by UEFA for Euro 2020.
“At the same time, we’re pleased to continue working closely with Berlin, not least for the annual DFB Cup Final and the 2015 Champions League final.”
In the 2006 World Cup -- staged by Germany -- the final was held in Berlin, with Munich hosting the opening game of the tournament .
“During the 2006 World Cup and the 2012 Champions League final we have already shown that the combination of the Allianz Arena [Bayern Munich’s stadium] and Bavarian hospitality suffices the highest standards,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rumnenigge told kicker.
The DFB will decide whether to run for the final package -- which includes both semi-finals and the final -- or the group package on Saturday, after the International Olympic Committee has elected the host city for the 2020 Olympics.
Istanbul, currently favourites for the Games, is also in the reckoning to land the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final.
It is expected to drop out of the race, however, if elected as the host of the 2020 Olympics.