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Germany is set to host the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship, EURO 2024.
West Germany hosted the tournament in 1988, but this event marks the first time Germany has hosted the championship since reunification.
Kicking off on 14 June 2024, the opener will see hosts Germany play at the Munich Football Arena, known as the Allianz Arena.
When is the Euro 2024 draw, and where?
Before the action begins, though, there's an important date on the calendar for fans to circle: 2 December 2023. That's when the draw for EURO 2024 is set to take place in Hamburg.
Much like the format of EURO 2020, the tournament structure will feature six groups, with the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams, securing their place in the round of 16.
Which is the Euro 2024 final stadium?
Now, let's fast forward to the grand finale of the tournament. The EURO 2024 final will be held at the iconic Olympiastadion in Berlin on 14 July 2024.
The Olympiastadion isn't just another football stadium; it's a place where history has been made across the sporting world. From Jesse Owens' legendary four gold medals during the 1936 Olympics, which boldly challenged Adolf Hitler's ideals, to Usain Bolt's lightning-fast 100m world record, this stadium has borne witness to incredible feats of athleticism.
And who could ever forget Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final?
What new history will follow in 2024?
With its towering two-story colonnades and 136 pillars, it promises an awe-inspiring backdrop for the EURO 2024 final. Even the bright blue running track, which encircles the pitch, won't be able to steal the show.
History of the Berlin Olympiastadion
The Olympiastadion was originally constructed for the 1936 Summer Olympics and was designed by the renowned architect Werner March. Its classic horseshoe shape and columns on the exterior exude an aura of timeless elegance.
During the Olympics, the stadium claimed a record attendance of over 100,000 spectators!
Over the years, the ground has undergone significant renovations to meet modern standards while preserving its historical charm. One of its most distinctive features is the blue running track surrounding the pitch, a testament to its multifaceted history but always a contentious topic for football fans…
Since its renovation in 2004, the Olympiastadion has boasted a permanent seating capacity of 74,475 and stands as the largest stadium in Germany for international football matches.
For local football fans, the Olympiastadion is synonymous with one thing – Hertha BSC, affectionately known as the ‘Old Lady.' The club has called the Olympiastadion its home since 1963.
However, the stadium will play host to Hertha’s city rivals Union Berlin for their 2023/24 Champions League campaign after they secured fourth place in the Bundesliga. It is the first time in the club’s history they have been in the Champions League.
Notable matches and tournaments at the Olympiastadion
In addition to its role as Hertha BSC's home ground, the Olympiastadion has a storied history of hosting major football events. Since 1985, it has been the venue for the German Cup (DFB-Pokal) Final, making it a cherished location for football fans across Germany.
Notably, the Olympiastadion played a pivotal role in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosting six matches, including the historic final between Italy and France. This unforgettable match, remembered for its drama and intensity, ended 1-1 after extra time. Zinedine Zidane's panenka penalty initially put France ahead, but Marco Materazzi's equaliser sent the game to penalties. The defining moment came when Zidane, in his last professional game, headbutted Materazzi and was sent off. Italy eventually emerged victorious in the penalty shootout, clinching their fourth World Cup title.
The stadium also witnessed the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, featuring Juventus against Barcelona. Barcelona secured a 3-1 victory, with goals from Rakitić, Suarez, and Neymar, while Morata scored for Juventus. This triumph marked Barcelona's fifth UEFA Champions League title and completed their second treble.
This historic ground's legacy and the significance of the occasion make it a fitting choice to be the Euro 2024 final stadium. Football fans can look forward to an exciting showdown at this iconic venue in Berlin.
Other host cities for Euro 2024
While the Olympiastadion in Berlin will be the EURO 2024 final stadium, other cities and their stadiums across Germany will also host matches:
Cologne: Cologne Stadium (47,000)
Dortmund: BVB Stadion Dortmund (66,000)
Dusseldorf: Düsseldorf Arena (47,000)
Frankfurt: Frankfurt Arena (48,000)
Gelsenkirchen: Arena AufSchalke (50,000)
Hamburg: Volksparkstadion Hamburg (50,000)
Leipzig: Leipzig Stadium (42,000)
Munich: Munich Football Arena (67,000)
Stuttgart: Stuttgart Arena (54,000)