Liga Santander

Front-runner Germany faces Turkey in Euro 2024 hosting vote

GENEVA (AP) Germany is favored to beat Turkey in Thursday's 2024 European Championship vote after four years as front-runner in a campaign that explicitly mixed soccer and politics.

A study of the two candidates published by UEFA last week boosted Germany's case with Turkey falling short on an assessment of human rights, which is a new factor of tournament bidding.

Still, Turkey put forward its strongest bid yet - backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian government - after losing contests to host Euro 2008, 2012 and 2016.