Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Germans may hand England Euro 2020 final

England's bid to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 at Wembley may be completely unchallenged at next month's vote, with Germany FA chiefs considering dropping Munich's rival bid
England's bid to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 at Wembley may be completely unchallenged at next month's vote, with Germany FA chiefs considering dropping Munich's rival bid

England's bid to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 at Wembley may be completely unchallenged at next month's vote, with Germany FA chiefs considering dropping Munich's rival bid.

Germany wants to stage Euro 2024 and its football association (DFB) may now only bid for Munich to host group games at Euro 2020 so as not to harm its campaign for the tournament four years later.

UEFA is holding Euro 2020 in 13 different countries to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament and only Wembley and Munich's Allianz Arena have put in bids to host the climax of the competition – the semi-finals and final – ahead of the vote on September 19.

DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach said a decision on whether to press ahead with a bid for the final remains "open" but, in a huge boost for England's hopes, made it clear that both the DFB and the Football Association would work together to support each other.

"We still have the two options – to host the final rounds or four matches in the first rounds," said Niersbach.

"Our decision is open. We have an excellent and wonderful relationship with the England FA. We are sitting together very often and thinking about the possibilities of how we can support the other association."

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