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The German Football Association (DFB) has announced that Berlin and Munich have put forward bids to be considered for a possible tilt at host city status for UEFA Euro 2020.

The German Football Association (DFB) has announced that Berlin and Munich have put forward bids to be considered for a possible tilt at host city status for UEFA Euro 2020.

The DFB will now examine the two cities’ claims and will decide on whether to back a single candidate at a board meeting on August 30. German football’s governing body said Dortmund had elected not to enter an application as it could not fulfil all of UEFA’s criteria for a host city. DFB general secretary Helmut Sandrock added: “With these two cities we have two very strong candidates and both have proven in the past that they are excellent locations for major football events. The DFB board will examine very closely in the coming months which venue we will propose to UEFA.”

Speaking in March, DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach said Germany could bid for the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 if Istanbul wins the race to host the 2020 Olympic Games. UEFA confirmed in January that Euro 2020 will be staged across 13 different cities in Europe as part of a major restructuring of the quadrennial national team tournament. The idea to spread the football tournament across Europe was first suggested by UEFA president Michel Platini in June 2012 after a lukewarm response to the governing body’s deadline for expressions of interest in hosting the tournament in its traditional manner. The ‘Euro for Europe’ vision foresees that matches will be split into 13 different packages, with 12 ordinary packages including three group matches and one knockout round (round of 16 or quarter-finals), and one package for the semi-finals and the final.

The bidding process for Euro 2020 is complicated by the Olympic Games occurring in the same year, with Istanbul figuring highly in the reckoning for both events. Istanbul 2020 bid leader Hasan Arat in February insisted that Turkish authorities remain focused on landing the Olympic Games, despite Platini naming the country as his preferred choice to host the showpiece semi-finals and final of Euro 2020. The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) presented the only solid bid for a Euro 2020 in its traditional guise. Niersbach had said he would await the result of the September 7 vote for the 2020 Olympics host before deciding the DFB’s strategy for a Euro 2020 bid. Countries have until September 11 to submit Euro 2020 bids to UEFA.

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