The UEFA will decide on the host venues for Euro 2020 later this month, and according to the latest reports, the German and English football associations have struck a deal that should greatly boost the chances of Wembley receiving the 2020 final.
The Associated Press' Rob Harris broke the news Wednesday:
German FA says struck deal w/England, clearing way for Wembley to host Euro2020 final. Eng backing Ger for Euro 2024. Ger backs Eng for 2028— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) September 3, 2014
Germany giving up on hosting Euro 2020 SFs & final on basis that England bids for Euro 2028 rather than Euro 2024, which the Germans want— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) September 3, 2014
Euro 2020 will mark the first time the European championship will be played over the entire continent, rather than in one host nation. As a result, national associations are unsure how to approach the bidding process, and it now appears two of the biggest players have joined forces.
The German association will reportedly forego the 2020 edition and back the English bid, and in turn, the English association will do the same for the Germans in 2024. The roles would be reversed once again in 2028.
The German federation's general secretary, Helmut Sandrock, told Bild (h/t The Associated Press, via Chron.com) the two federations have indeed been in talks, saying: "We've spoken with them about it, that they could hold off (applying for) Euro 2024 and support our application. In turn we'd forego the Euro 2020 games and support England's bid for Euro 2028."
As shared by Harris, the news shouldn't come as a big surprise:
Deal on Euro 2020 semifinals & finals has been long anticipated. Remember, Euro2020 games being spread across Europe. Hosts voted this month— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) September 3, 2014
The deal should all but guarantee Wembley Stadium receives the so-called "finals package," meaning London would host both semi-finals and the final. Germany were the only other candidate to emerge for said package, with Belgium, Spain and Wales eventually settling for the standard package.
The Germans will likely receive more competition in 2024 (when numerous new stadiums will have been built to accommodate Euro 2020), but backed by the English federation, they should have a strong chance of emerging as the victors.
Voting will take place on 19 September in Geneva, Switzerland.