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Eighteen German cities interested in hosting Euro 2024 matches

Eighteen venues have expressed interest in hosting European championship matches, should Germany win the right to host the 2024 tournament. Only 10 are to be chosen to be part of Germany's final bid.

The German football association (DFB) confirmed on Friday that 18 cities and stadiums had expressed interest in hosting Euro 2024 matches by the noon deadline that it had set for them to do so. 

These are:  Berlin (Olympiastadion), Bremen (Weserstadion), Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park), Dresden (DDV-Stadion), Düsseldorf (ESPRIT Arena), Frankfurt (Commerzbank-Arena), Freiburg (new stadium planned), Gelsenkirchen (VELTINS-Arena), Hamburg (Volksparkstadion), Hanover (HDI Arena), Kaiserslautern (Fritz-Walter-Stadion), Karlsruhe (Wildparkstadion), Cologne (RheinEnergiestadion), Leipzig (Red Bull Arena), Mönchengladbach (Borussia-Park), Munich (Allianz Arena), Nuremberg (Stadion Nürnberg) and Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz Arena).

"We have received huge interest from all regions," DFB President Reinhard Grindel said in a written statement. "The depth of that shows the huge enthusiasm for the idea of holding the EUROs in Germany, while also showing that Germany certainly already has the appropriate infrastructure to host such a tournament."

The DFB and any other applicants have until March 3 to officially declare their interest in hosting Euro 2024 to football's European governing body, UEFA. The list of applicants is to be unveiled by UEFA one week later. So far, the only other country to publicly express interest in holding the tournament has been Turkey.

The DFB is to announce in September which 10 of the cities and stadiums will be part of their official bid to host Euro 2024. UEFA is to name the host in September 2018.

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