Germany, England reach deal for each to host future Euros
Germany and England have reached a deal that in which each will support the other in bidding to host future European Championships, according to the Associated Press.
Both countries have bid to host the semifinals and finals of Euro 2020 and have expressed interest in hosting the tournament in 2024 and 2028 as well.
According to the AP, German soccer federation general secretary Helmut Sandrock told Sport Bild magazine that Germany will withdraw its bids for 2020 and 2028 to give England a better chance of hosting each, and England will do the same for Germany for 2024.
UEFA is announcing the hosts of Euro 2020 this month. In a change from past tournaments, multiple countries will host matches throughout the tournament, with one country hosting the final three contests. The 2024 and 2028 tournaments are expected to retain the traditional structure in which one country hosts the entire event.
Germany also plans to bid on hosting the 2024 or 2028 summer Olympics, with Hamburg and Berlin competing to be the country's bidding city.
Euro 2012, won by Spain, was hosted jointly by Poland and Ukraine. Euro 2016 will be hosted by France.
- Ben Estes