Decision about Munich as the EM venue

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Decision about Munich as the EM venue





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The Munich Allianz Arena remains the EM venue


The fans of the German national soccer team can look forward to European home games in Munich in 2021.

On Wednesday, the Munich city council approved a proposal by the sports department to maintain the four matches in the Allianz Arena, even after the EURO was relocated by twelve months.

The DFB selection is to play their group games against world champion France, defending champion Portugal and a play-off winner in the Bavarian capital at the tournament (June 11 to July 11, 2021). A quarter-finals will also be played in Munich. All tickets remain valid. Fans who want to return their tickets can do so.

Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) welcomed the decision. “The European Championship brings with it a lot of positive impulses for our city and the urban society. Right now we need a view of such events,” he said.

Koch: “Certainly not an easy decision”

“It was certainly not an easy decision,” said DFB Vice President Rainer Koch, “so it was important and right to take the time it takes to get a well-founded vote.” The Bavarian Football Association, which Koch presides over, is “very grateful to Munich that she will also be part of the EURO 2021. Munich is a cosmopolitan city and has repeatedly proven to be the perfect host.”

It is by no means certain that the EM will also take place in the same twelve cities in 2021 as planned for this year. “Now all cities have to renew their promise that they want to continue playing. Otherwise, something would have to be changed,” said German EM Ambassador Philipp Lahm recently: “The stadium operators must also continue to be there.” That is the case in Munich.

The European Football Union (UEFA) had announced that it wanted to hold on to London in all twelve cities for the final venue. The semi-finals of the tournament postponed due to the corona crisis are also planned in the British metropolis. Despite the transfer, which according to President Aleksander Ceferin costs UEFA “hundreds of millions of euros”, the final tournament will continue to operate under “EURO 2020” in 2021.

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