Germany’s bid to host the 2024 european soccer championships has won on points against turkey and is entering the eagerly awaited awarding of the tournament with a wind of change in its sails.
Six days before the host was chosen, UEFA gave the german soccer federation better marks than its only competitor in several categories in its bid evaluation report. The human rights situation in turkey in particular is viewed very critically by the european fubball union.
In the 44-page paper on the bid to host the european championships in six years, the continental federation attested to the DFB’s "inspiring, creative and very professional vision". "The report shows that we have taken our work seriously over the past few months and that UEFA is honoring our strong efforts," said german european championship ambassador philipp lahm on friday. "That’s why we’re continuing in the same way and emphasizing the transparency and sustainability of our bid," explained the DFB’s honorary match leader.
The turkish fubball association also received an overall positive rating, but had to accept criticism on several points. The lack of a human rights action plan is seen as "problematic".
While the necessary infrastructure for the 24-team tournament is already in place in germany, "extensive" projects are planned in turkey. "The scope of the work poses a risk given the given time frame," it says. In a first statement, the president of the turkish federation, yildirim demiroren, was vague about the report: "we are ready to organize a spectacular european championship thanks to the investments that our state has made in soccer in the past years."
Another turkish disadvantage is that the german stadiums have larger capacities and thus the higher revenue potential. Seven arenas in turkey, for example, hold fewer spectators than the smallest stadium with which the DFB is bidding – dusseldorf, with 46,264 spectators. Other german venues planned are berlin, koln, dortmund, dusseldorf, frankfurt, gelsenkirchen, hamburg, munich and stuttgart.
The UEFA executive committee will select the host of the 2024 european championship in a secret ballot in nyon this thursday. The german bid is favored in the race for the majority of votes from the 17 eligible voters. Turkey had already been a candidate several times and most recently only narrowly missed out on the 2016 european championship to france. The only european championship to be held in germany to date was in 1988, and it was a premiere for turkey.
However, the assessment in the evaluation report is not binding for the members of the UEFA executive committee. In the race for the 2022 world cup, qatar had prevailed over its rivals in the vote by the then FIFA executive committee, despite a much weaker bid.
In some points of the total of twelve areas, however, the german candidacy did not receive the best possible rating from UEFA. In the legal protection, which among other things evaluates tax guarantees, the german bid only received the rating "at a fairly good level". In turkey, this is the case "at a high level".
Under the heading of political aspects, the only point made by germany is that european football enjoys "widespread support" in this country. This is also due to the "positive experience" of the "summer march" at the 2006 world cup – the affair surrounding the awarding of the contract does not play a role in the report.
For turkey, it is explicitly mentioned that the president – recep tayyip erdogan – is also "fully behind the application". However, the current overall situation in turkey is also viewed critically: "as a result of the recent economic developments in the country, planned public investments could come under pressure."
In the report, UEFA abandoned a points system used by FIFA before the USA, mexico and canada were selected to host the 2026 world cup. Instead, a conclusion is drawn in each case only in a few areas.