Sep 3, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
The reigning World Champions are looking to host the European Championships in 2024, but they will need a little bit of help from their friends in England.
You read that right.
On Wednesday the general secretary of the German football federation, Helmut Sandrock, revealed to German magazine Bild that a deal had been struck with England for both nations to support each others bids for the 2024 and 2028 European Championships.
The deal will see Germany drop their interest in hosting the semifinals and finals of Euro 2020, which is being held in various European nations for the first time, and instead support Wembley Stadium as the venue to host the prestigious matches. So, the Euro 2020 final seems to be heading to London. In return, England will hold off applying for Euro 2024 and instead support Germany’s bid to host the Euro’s for the second-time in its history.
UEFA’s executive committee will announce the successful nations who have won the right to host the Euro 2020 matches on Sept. 19, but it is the next two tournaments which seem to be interesting both the English and German FA’s.
Here’s what Sandrock had to say about the two nations striking up a deal.
“We’ve spoken with (England) about it, that they could hold off (applying for) Euro 2024 and support our application,” Sandrock said. “In turn, we’d forego the Euro 2020 games and support England’s bid for Euro 2028.”
It seems like England and Germany have it all figured out, doesn’t it?
With France hosting the 2016 tournament, then the 2020 tournament being spread out across the continent, it seems likely that a return to a more traditional format will prevail. But, what if the cost effective and unique experience of the 2020 tournament taking place in several different nations rather than one works out better than anyone expects? Well, both Germany and England’s chances will be scuppered.
Time will tell on this one, but with two countries who have the power, infrastructure and soccer heritage to host a major tournament tomorrow if they were so chosen, it seems like a no-brainer for England and Germany to be successful with their bids. Right?
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