News : Uefa: Munich remains the venue for the 2021 European Football Championship – Munich
As planned, Munich remains a venue for the European Football Championship, as reported by several media. The European Football Union (Uefa) therefore confirmed the Bavarian capital on Friday morning as the place where the German national football team will play their three group games (on June 15 against France, on June 19 against Portugal and on June 23 against Hungary). In addition – so report dpa and Picture – a quarter-final is to be played in the arena in Fröttmaning on July 2nd.
For Joachim Löw’s team, this means planning security, they will move into their team quarters in Herzogenaurach and now, in addition to manageable travel routes to the group games, also have a home advantage.
The decision for the city of Munich is gratifying: it retains the prestige of being one of the venues for the first pan-European European Championship. The German Football Association (DFB) had firmly assumed that they would remain.
Shortly before the meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee on Friday morning, DFB General Secretary Friedrich Curtius said in response to a SID request: “We are convinced that Munich will remain a location for UEFA Euro 2020. In the past few days we have received a lot of support from politics receive our responsible planning. ” According to the DFB, the Bavarian government has given its consent to the “lead scenario”, which allows 14,500 spectators in the arena.
Uefa put pressure on for weeks
The decision was preceded by a week-long tug of war, which was also carried out on a political level. Uefa President Aleksander Čeferin and Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) met on April 7th. The Continental Association urged all venues to ensure that as many fans as possible would be able to watch the matches in the stadiums.
For Munich, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Bavarian State Chancellery and the city leaders always refused to make such a promise. In the documents submitted – depending on the course of the pandemic – three scenarios were outlined: The most likely (“lead”) is for 14,500 spectators, which corresponds to a capacity utilization of a good 20 percent in the arena. In the “upscale scenario” described as “unlikely”, almost 27,000 viewers are planned (40.2 percent). In the “Backup” version a maximum of 7000 people. Should the pandemic make it necessary, but none at all.
Now it says in a message from the DFB: “A lead scenario with a minimum capacity of 14,500 spectators in Munich for the games of the Uefa Euro 2020 in Munich is considered realistic.”