Venue Leipzig receives four games

EM 2024: Leipzig only gets four games in the Red Bull Arena

Leipzig.Four games will be played in Leipzig at the 2024 European Football Championship. This was announced by the European association UEFA on Tuesday in Vienna. Accordingly, three group games and a round of 16 will be played in the Leipzig stadium. The trade fair city will receive one game each from Group F (June 18, 2024), Group D (June 21) and Group B (June 24) as well as the last round of 16 game on July 2nd. The EM will take place from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in ten German cities.

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The final will be played in Berlin, the opening game in Munich. The exact final round matches will be drawn in December 2023. Then it will be clear which teams will be guests in Leipzig.

Already represented at the 2006 World Cup

The Leipzig stadium was originally supposed to have a capacity of 46,635 fans for the European Championship. Since the RB Leipzig club playing there had meanwhile adjusted its planning again, this capacity will not be reached. Currently, 41,122 fans can be allowed into the stadium for international games. This will make Leipzig the smallest of the EM stadiums. This could also be a reason why the fewest games are played in the Saxon metropolis next to Gelsenkirchen. Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt/Main and Stuttgart each received five games, and the big arenas in Munich, Berlin and Dortmund each played six games.

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After the renovation of the central stadium, Leipzig has already seen eight games in international tournaments. At the 2006 World Cup, the group matches of Serbia and Montenegro took place against the Netherlands (0:1), Iran against Angola (1:1), France against South Korea (1:1), Spain against Ukraine (4:0) and, as a major highlight, the round of 16 Argentina versus Mexico (2:1 nV) at the Elster flood basin. In 2006 there were five of the 64 World Cup games in Saxony, this time there are four of 51 games.

At the Confederations Cup a year earlier, Australia played Tunisia (0-2) and Brazil against Greece (3-0) in the group stage. Finally, Germany won the particularly atmospheric game for third place against Mexico 4:3 after extra time.

By Frank Schober

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