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Jan 22, 2013

Four German cities eye Euro 2020 games

German Football Association [DFB] president Wolfgang Nierbach has revealed that Berlin, Munich, Dortmund and Stuttgart will bid to become host cities for the 2020 European Championship.

The 16th instalment of the UEFA tournament will be held in several European countries to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition. The decision, announced in Lausanne in December 2012, had led to several German cities announcing their candidature.

UEFA plans to host the tournament in 12 stadiums across the continent, plus one host city for both semi-finals and the final.

"The last three games require a stadium capacity of 70,000," Niersbach told Sport Bild. "For all other cities and stadiums we are currently talking about a 50,000 capacity. This would mean, for the group stages, the DFB could put forward one of the four stadiums in Berlin, Munich, Dortmund and Stuttgart."

Niersbach also said he beieves that any two host cities of each group should not be more than a four-hour plane journey apart, adding: "Accordingly as a consequence there would be two host cities per group."

The UEFA executive committee is to decide the exact candidature process and the tournament format by March, Sport Bild reports. In early 2014 it will be decided which countries and cities are to host the European Championship in 2020, with Istanbul believed to be leading the race to become the host city for the final three matches if the IOC does not hand the 2020 Olympic Games to the Turkey's largest city.

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