Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt: Germany plays at home in the south

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Written by Kevin Schulte

The 2024 European Football Championship starts just like the 2006 World Cup in Munich. Then, the path through the tournament is different for the German team: Flick’s team spends the group stage in the south and will only come to Berlin for the final if all goes well.

Almost 18 years after the day after the start of the “Summer’s Tale”, the European Football Championship will kick off in Munich on June 14, 2024. Exactly one month later, the final will take place at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. UEFA announced this Tuesday when it presented the German championship match schedule at home. But all other (possible) play dates and venues have already been decided.

Where do you play in Germany?

The DFB team will certainly play the opening match of the European Championship. Friday, June 14, kick-off at 9pm in Munich. It will be the second time in a row that Germany enter a European Championship after the European Championship 2021 at the Allianz Arena – or, as UEFA calls it, in the “Munich football stadium”. Unlike last year’s 0-1 draw against France, the win should lay the foundation for a successful tournament.

And continues on Wednesday 19 June with the second group match. The place is Stuttgart. Germany finished third in the 2006 World Cup finals at home with a 3-1 victory over Portugal and two goals from Schweinsteiger. Departure time is still open. The third and final group match will take place in Frankfurt on Sunday 23 June. 50 years after the “Frankfurt Water Battle” against Poland at the 1974 World Cup, it was Germany’s first final match over the Main.

Why Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt?

Since the 1984 European Championship, one or more hosts have traditionally played the opening match of a European championship, so Munich as the opening site for the German national team is not surprising. Also at the 2006 World Cup – the defending champion had always opened the FIFA World Cup – the German Football Association (DFB) started the tournament in Munich with a score of 4: 2 against Costa Rica. However, Germany then played group matches against Poland and Ecuador in Dortmund and Berlin. These are the stadiums with the largest capacity next to Munich (67,000 spectators). The Olympic Stadium accommodates 70,000 spectators, in Dortmund 66 thousand spectators can enter the stadium due to the lack of space to stand in the European Championships.

At first glance it is surprising that Stuttgart and Frankfurt will host other German group matches in Euro 2024. But the explanation is logical: the organizing committee and UEFA have agreed to classify the 10 stadiums into three groups for “sustainability reasons”. The north/northeast region includes Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig, then west with Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen and Cologne and south with Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. In each group there are only toys in two groups to reduce travel distances. Germany plays all group matches in the south.

What after the preliminary round?

If Germany survives their group in the preliminary round first, they will head west for the first time in the round of 16. In Dortmund on Saturday 29 June, the winners of Group A and the runners-up of Group C meet possibly with German participation.

If Germany survives a potential Round of 16 in Dortmund, it will return south. A possible quarter-final will take place in Stuttgart on Friday 5 July. If they win again, the semi-finals will follow on Tuesday 9 July in Munich. Germany will not play a match in Berlin unless they reach the final. The final of the European Championship will be held at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday 14 July at 9 pm. The German national team has good and bad memories of Berlin. The 2006 World Cup quarter-final, which the DFB team won on penalties, is legendary, as is the 4-4 victory over Sweden in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The situation is different if Germany survives the preliminary round as the second group. Then we go to Berlin for the first time on Saturday 29th June. There, the runner-up in Group A will meet the runner-up in Group B. If they advance, then Germany will play the quarter-finals in Dusseldorf exactly one week later, on Saturday, July 6th. In this case, the possible semi-final match will take place on Wednesday, July 10 in Dortmund. Before going to Berlin again. In this way, Germany will play once in six of the 10 stadiums and twice in Berlin.

It gets complicated when Germany reach the last 16 as one of the top four third-placed teams. In this case, coach Hansi Flick’s team will either enter the knockout stages in Munich, Frankfurt or Cologne. The quarter-final matches will be either in Berlin, Hamburg or Stuttgart. Again the semi-finals either in Dortmund or Munich.

What else does he know?

Germany will certainly not play in two of the 10 stadiums: there is no scenario in which the DFB team plays matches in Leipzig or in Gelsenkirchen, at Schalke 04. Leipzig and Gelsenkirchen are the only stadiums that have played only four matches. You will play six matches in each of the three largest stadiums. Overview:

  • Berlin, 70,000 spectators: 3x Preliminary Round, 1x Round 16, 1x Quarter-finals, Final
  • Munich, 67,000 spectators: 4 times in the preliminary round, 1x round of 16, 1x semi-finals
  • Dortmund, 66,000 spectators: 4 times in the preliminary round, 1x round of 16, 1x semi-finals
  • Dusseldorf, 47,000 spectators, 3x Preliminary Round, 1x Round of 16, 1x Quarter-finals
  • Stuttgart, 54,000 spectators, 4x Preliminary Round, 1x Quarter-finals
  • Hamburg, 50,000 spectators, 4 times in the preliminary round, 1x quarter-finals
  • Frankfurt, 48000 spectators, first round 4 times, 1x round of 16
  • Cologne, 47,000 spectators, first round 4 times, 1x round of 16
  • Gelsenkirchen, 50,000 spectators, 3x preliminary round, round of 16
  • Leipzig, 42,000 spectators, 3x preliminary round, 1x round of 16

What are the dates until the final round?

The draw for the qualifying groups will take place in Frankfurt Vestal on 9 October 2022. The 54 teams are divided into ten groups, with Germany automatically seeded as the host country for the final round with 24 participants.

Qualification will take place from March to November 2023. The 10 group winners and 10 runners-up qualify directly for the tournament in Germany. The last three starting positions are likely to be played in the playoffs, and the rankings in the 2022 Nations League will likely play a role. UEFA has not yet announced the exact details.

In December 2023, the draw for the preliminary round groups for the final tournament will be held at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

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