The German FA announced their list of ten host cities for the bid to host the 2024 European Championship: Berlin, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.
After corruption problems with the 2006 list, they decided to make the criteria and evaluations public, which is a good thing. Hanover didn't make the cut, because the stadium doesn't have enough executive boxes and the city doesn't have enough five-star hotels, which is a bad thing. If they're going to be so blatant about their elitism maybe they should go back to secrecy. Hannover 96 chairman Martin Kind now wants to build more executive boxes, or rather, he now has an excuse to build more executive boxes.
Also, after the problems in London when 20,000 Köln fans turned up to watch their team play Arsenal in the Champions League, it's worth mentioning that they're not the only ones and Germany clearly has a problem when their fans travel to England and the locals struggle to cope with their misbehaviour. Part of me blames it on the safe-standing and cheap tickets - maybe executive boxes aren't such a bad idea after all.
Oh, and Hannover 96 are top of the Bundesliga (for now).
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