Germany is considering dropping its bid to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020, potentially leaving England as the only candidate for the final three games of the Uefa tournament.
The German Football Association (DFB) is keen to host the entire competition in 2024, and believes that its chances will be greater should Munich not be selected as the host city for the three showpieces fixtures in the Europe-wide special edition in 2020.
Currently, only Munich and London are in the running for the semi-finals and final despite a total of 19 countries having bid for different packages of games, with most having presented candidacies for group stage and early knockout fixtures.
But DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach has admitted to the Press Association that his organisation may follow Turkey in withdrawing its bid for key Euro 2020 fixtures, instead settling for group games and focusing efforts on securing the tournament four years later.
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“We still have two options – to host the final rounds or four matches in the first rounds. Our decision is open,” said Niersbach.
“We have an excellent and wonderful relationship with the English FA. We are sitting together very often about the possibilities of how we can support the other association. It is still open, but I am totally convinced that we will have both Wembley and Munich on the land map for Euro 2020.
“Discussions on the final round are still open. But we are very relaxed about it... I officially announced already at our general assembly in October 2013 that we want to host Euro 2024.”
The 2020 edition of the four-yearly event will see a total of 13 different cities across the continent being selected to host fixtures, with packages having been made available to all of Europe’s affiliated nations.
If London is chosen as the host city for the closing fixtures of the tournament, with Wembley as the venue for the final, it will mark the first time since 1996 that England has hosted the European showpiece.
Germany last hosted the Uefa finals in 1988, when the tournament was still only an eight-team competition, while the new-look 24-team format will be unveiled in France in 2016.