Munich – The final approval of Munich as a venue is still pending for the postponed European Football Championship 2021.
“After the postponement of the European Football Championship EURO 2020 to the year 2021, the further course of action of the state capital Munich is currently being examined within the city,” said the city’s responsible sports department.
The European umbrella organization UEFA had postponed the tournament by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now checking whether all twelve planned venues will be available again. A decision is expected to be made by the end of April.
Some venues may not be able to meet their commitments due to Corona episodes. The “kicker” had recently reported problems in three host cities, including Bilbao. Alexej Sorokin, member of the UEFA Executive Committee, told Tass about such a scenario: “Should any city fail, there are only a few options.” New venues would be selected or games would be distributed to the other cities. “The second option is less time-consuming,” said Russian Sorokin, who also heads the St. Petersburg match organizing team.
In the Allianz Arena in Munich, the only German EM location, a quarter-finals are to take place in addition to the group games of the DFB selection against France, Portugal, and a playoff winner. It remains to be seen whether there is any doubt among those responsible in Munich about a new role as host. In the municipal election on March 15, the majority in the Munich City Council had changed significantly. The Greens became the strongest force, ahead of the CSU and SPD. The Mayor of the state capital remains Dieter Reiter (SPD).