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German FA officially submits candidacy to host Euro 2024 to UEFA

FA president Reinhard Grindel submitted Germany's bid to host Euro 2024 to UEFA.

The German Football Association (DFB) has handed its bid book for the 2024 European Championship to UEFA, with Turkey expected to follow suit before Friday's deadline.

A DFB delegation, including former Bayern Munich and Germany captain Philipp Lahm, gave the dossier to UEFA general secretary president Theodore Theodoridis at the European governing body's headquarters in Nyon on Tuesday morning.

"Euro 2024 staged in the heart of Europe will enable all of the participants to be given the best possible...

Germany want to host Euro 2024 to bring nations closer together

Reinhard Grindel said hosting the tournament can bring a positive force in political debate.

Germany wants to host the 2024 European Championship and bring people closer together amid populist waves across the continent.

Believing sports can be a positive force in political debate, German football federation president Reinhard Grindel told The Associated Press on Monday, "This is what a Euro can deliver."

Rival candidates Germany and Turkey will give their bid documents to UEFA this week. UEFA will choose a winner in September.

Turkey has never hosted a major tournament, while Germany's...

Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze benched; Germany World Cup hopes in balance

Mario Gotze
Mario Gotze appeared for only four minutes against Schalke.

Mario Gotze's hopes of a place in Germany's World Cup squad remain in the balance after the Borussia Dortmund midfielder played just four minutes against Schalke at the weekend.

Having completed the full 90 minutes at Bayern Munich a fortnight ago, Gotze was benched against Stuttgart and again vs. Schalke, making a late appearance in the 2-0 defeat.

"Mario surely is a talented player, a good player," Stoger told his postmatch news conference. "We had other players who could have started as well....

Mario Gotze has struggled since World Cup winner for Germany - Watzke

Mario Gotze won the World Cup for Germany with an extra-time goal against Argentina in 2018.
Mario Gotze won the World Cup for Germany with an extra-time goal against Argentina in 2018.

Mario Gotze's World Cup winner for Germany in 2014 has weighed him down in the intervening years, according to Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Gotze, 25, was once hailed as one of world football's biggest talents. However, the midfielder has failed to live up to the promise in recent years, and is struggling to command a regular place in BVB's starting lineup.

Having returned to Dortmund in 2016 following a three-year spell with Bayern Munich, he missed large parts of last season through...