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UEFA anticipates 'tough decision'

Germany and Turkey in battle for Euro finals

The right to host the 2024 European Championship finals has come down to a shoot-out between Germany and Turkey.

UEFA, European football’s governing body, has confirmed the two countries were the only ones to submit a declaration of interest before the deadline of 3 March.

Both federations must now produce a bid dossier by April 2018, with the winning proposal chosen the following September.

“It’s clear that there will be two strong bids for UEFA’s showcase national team competition,” said UEFA general secretary Theodore Theodoridis.

“It will be a tough decision to make.”

Also thought to be in the running were Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, but the expected joint bid did not materialise.

The 2024 tournament will return to a single-host format, after Euro 2020 sees the competition held around 13 cities across Europe, including Glasgow, London and Dublin.

Turkey has never hosted a major tournament while West Germany hosted the 1974 World Cup and 1988 European Championship, with the 2006 World Cup being held in a reunited Germany.

Portugal are the current European champions having defeated hosts France in Paris last summer.

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