NYON, Switzerland, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Germany won the right to host Euro 2024 on Thursday. Following are some key facts about the tournament which will be played in June and July.
Number of teams: 24
Number of matches: 51
France (1960), Spain (1964), Italy (1968), Belgium (1972), Yugoslavia (1976).
Italy (1980), France (1984), West Germany (1988), Sweden (1992), England (1996), Belgium and Netherlands (2000), Portugal (2004), Switzerland and Austria (2008), Poland and Ukraine (2012), France (2016), Pan European (2020)
Upto and including 1976, the host nation only staged the semi-finals and final.
A tournament format was introduced in Italy with eight teams divided into two groups of four.
The tournament was increased to 16 teams in 1996 and 24 teams in 2016. Euro 2020 tournament will be held in cities around the continent to celebrate the tournament’s 60th anniversary.
Previous major tournaments in Germany:
West Germany staged the World Cup in 1974 and the Euro 1988 and since unification, the country has also hosted the 2006 World Cup
Germany plans to stage the tournament in 10 stadiums, all of which exist already, in 10 different cities.
Berlin (capacity 70,033)
Stuttgart (50,998) (Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar)