UEFA prefers Germany over Turkey to host 2024 European Championship

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin announces that Germany was elected to host the Euro 2024 fooball tournament during a ceremony at the headquarters of the European football's governing body in Nyon on September 27, 2018. UEFA selected the host of the 2024 European Championship today in a vote pitting a safe German bid against a riskier Turkish proposal that offers a chance to explore new terrain. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

UEFA, football’s governing body in Europe, on Thursday selected Germany to host the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Germany was competing with Turkey to host the tournament.

A total of 17 UEFA officials — including the president, five UEFA vice presidents and 11 executive committee members – cast votes in the selection.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, Swedish Vice President Karl-Erik Nilsson, his Portuguese counterpart Fernando Gomes, Grigoriy Surkis of Ukraine, Michele Uva of Italy and the UK’s David Gill voted in the election.

The executive committee members who were eligible to vote were Zbigniew Boniek of Poland, Sandor Csanyi of Hungary, John Delaney of Ireland, Peter Gillieron of Sweden, Florence Hardouin of France, Borislav Mihaylov of Bulgaria, Juan Luis Larrea Sarobe of Spain, Davor Suker of Croatia, Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, Andrea Agnelli of Italy and Ivan Gazidis from the UK.

Sweden’s Lars-Christer Olsson, a member of the executive committee, did not participate in the vote due to health issues.

Turkey’s Servet Yardımcı, an executive committee member, and Germany’s Reinhard Grindel, UEFA vice president, were not eligible to vote.

Germany hosted the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament, and the 1974 FIFA World Cup tournament and 1988 UEFA EURO tournament as West Germany.

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