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European Cup finals in Germany? DFB sends application into the race

The DFB wants to bring at least one final in a major European competition to Germany in 2026 or 2027. The association is bidding to host three European Cup finals with Frankfurt, Leipzig and Stuttgart

The last time a German city hosted a European Cup final was four years ago, when Sevilla FC secured the Europa League crown in Cologne in the summer of 2020. Munich has already been confirmed to host the Champions League final in 2025 – and if the DFB has its way, further finals of the various European Cups will be held in Germany.

The association announced on Wednesday that three European Championship stadiums had applied to host the finals of three European Cup competitions in 2026 and 2027. This was decided by the DFB Executive Committee and the official application was submitted to UEFA in Nyon on time.

Specifically, it is about the 2026 and 2027 Europa League finals, for which the DFB has applied with the Deutsche Bank Park, the home ground of Eintracht Frankfurt – EL winner in 2022. The association also hopes to bring the final of the Europa Conference League to Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena in 2026 or 2027 and the final of the Women’s Champions League to Stuttgart’s MHP Arena, also in 2026 or 2027. UEFA plans to make a decision on the final venues in the respective years in May

DFB: European Championship stadiums offer “the best conditions “

All three stadiums are venues for this summer’s European Championship, and the DFB also wants to be the “perfect host for fans from all over Europe” afterwards, according to General Secretary Heike Ullrich. The stadiums, which are being modernized for the European Championship, “offer the best conditions for top-class finals”. Ullrich is certain that “convincing bids” have been submitted and thanked the participating cities and clubs for their commitment.

Last year, the DFB had already provisionally registered the European Championship stadiums in Munich, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen with UEFA as venues for the finals. However, the continental association demanded that only one candidate per competition be selected. Munich, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen subsequently withdrew their bids, the DFB announced.

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