Berlin, October 5 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 6, 2021): Former German captain Philipp Lahm, tournament director for the Euro 2024 finals, said on Tuesday he was opposed to the controversial idea to organize a World Cup every two years.
“I think the current pace should stay as it is,” said Lahm, who captained Germany in their 2014 World Cup triumph and retired from all football in 2017.
The 37-year-old wants FIFA to maintain the current cycle of a World Cup every four years with a two-year gap between the World Final and the European Championship.
“As a player I have always been happy with it and as a fan I find it good that there is a major tournament” – be it a Euro or a World Cup final – “both years”.
“I am totally convinced that things should stay the way they are.” Last Thursday, the governing body of world football, FIFA, organized the summit with its 211 member federations with the aim of rallying support.
The German Football Association (DFB) has declared itself opposed to these plans.
Lahm was at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Tuesday for the launch of the Euro 2024 final which will start in just under 1,000 days.
Germany will be the sole host of the 2024 final, unlike this summer’s “Euro 2020” final – delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic – when the championship was split on the continent in 11 cities.
Ten German stadiums will host matches, including the iconic Berlin Olympic Stadium and Munich’s Allianz Arena, home of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, which holds 66,000 for internationals.
The Allianz Arena will be used for the second consecutive European Championship after staging three Euro 2020 group matches and a quarter-final.
A crowd of only 14,000 people were allowed to attend Euro 2020 matches in Munich due to hygiene rules in Bavaria and the local fan zone was closed.
In contrast, Lahm hopes the Euro 2024 final will see Germany host “a big football party” and wants to see the German national team win the title.
As host, Germany has already qualified and qualification for the Euro 2024 final will take place from March to November 2023.
The format of the finals will be the same as that of the last two European Championships, with the top two teams from each of the six groups advancing to the round of 16 as well as the top four third.