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German chief backs Euro 2020 plans

December 7, 2012
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach has praised the decision to stage Euro 2020 across the continent, while also confirming that Germany hope to be in the running as one the competition's hosts.

Wolfgang Niersbach
EmpicsDFB president Wolfgang Niersbach

UEFA announced on Thursday that the tournament will be held in a number of European cities rather than in a single country or two host nations.

"We have expected this decision and regard it as absolutely positive," Niersbach said. "The UEFA's National Team Competitions Committee, of which I am part of, now has the task to develop the concept for Euro 2020.

"I can already announce: We want to make an application as a host for one German city."

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who is the chief of the European Club Association, also threw his weight behind the proposals and is hopeful of Munich becoming a host city.

"It is a good sign in times of a unified Europe and in times of Euro crisis. It is better to fall back on one already existing structure," Rummenigge said.

"I am wishing and hoping for Munich to be nominated as one of the host cities."

However, Rummenigge's hopes might not be fulfilled with the German media widely regarding Berlin as the most likely city to become host.

The DFB is also very hopeful that Berlin will win the race to host the 2015 Champions League final.