Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Dortmund

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Dortmund hosts four group matches, a Round of 16 game and a semi-final.

Euro 2024 Host Cities

Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart.

Visiting Dortmund

Where to Stay in Dortmund.

Weather in Dortmund.

Top Attractions in Dortmund

Dortmund is an energetic city located in the western part of Germany known for its rich industrial heritage, vibrant cultural scene, and of course, its passionate football culture.

Dortmund Highlights

Dortmunder U

A former brewery transformed into a cultural centre, Dortmunder U hosts exhibitions, art installations, and offers a great view of the city from the top.

Dortmund Zoo

The Dortmund Zoo, also known as the Tierpark Dortmund, is home to around 1,600 animals from 173 different species.

The zoo is located in the south of the city, between the boroughs of Hacheney and Brünninghausen.

German Football Museum

A must-visit for football enthusiasts, the German Football Museum (Deutsche Fußballmuseum) chronicles the history of German football and its cultural impact.

Established after the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the museum combines 1,600 exhibits and 25 hours of film material with expansive staging.

The museum attracts over 200,000 visitors annually and is a must-visit for fans of all ages.

Museum Ostwall

With a focus on 20th and 21st-century art, the Museum Ostwall is located in the Dortmunder U complex.

Signal Iduna Park

Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion) is home to Borussia Dortmund, one of Germany's most famous football clubs.

Even for non-football fans, a tour of the stadium is quite impressive.

Westfalenpark

A large and beautiful park perfect for leisurely walks, picnics, and enjoying nature, Westfalenpark covers an area of 170 acres; making it one of the largest inner-city parks in Europe.

A famous attraction in Westfalenpark is the Florianturm (TV tower named after St. Florian, the patron saint of gardeners) with its panoramic views of the park and the surrounding area.

Historical Sites

Altes Stadthaus

Situated at Friedensplatz, opposite the current Dortmund town hall, the Altes Stadthaus (Old City Hall) was constructed in 1899 in the Neo-Renaissance style.

The building was restored after being heavily damaged during World War II, although in a slightly simplified form.

Hohensyburg

Hohensyburg is home to several attractions, including the Vincketurm, the Kriegerdenkmal (War Memorial), and the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal (Kaiser Wilhelm Monument).

The ruins of a medieval castle conquered by Charlemagne, located between Hagen and Dortmund, offers scenic views and a glimpse into the region���s history.

The area surrounding Hohensyburg has been designated as a nature reserve called 'Ruhrsteilhänge Hohensyburg' to protect its natural environment.

The Hohensyburg hill and park are easily accessible from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof (main train station). Visitors can take the metro to Hörde Bahnhof and then take bus 442 to Syburg, which is the last stop.

St. Reinold's Church

The oldest church in Dortmund, St. Reinold's Church was built from 1250 to 1270 in the late Romanesque style, with a late Gothic quire.

St. Reinold's Church is located in the centre of Dortmund, at the crossing of the Hellweg (an old trade route) and the historic road from Cologne to Bremen.

Shopping and Dining

Thier-Galerie

A large shopping mall with a variety of stores and eateries.

Traditional German Restaurants

Try local specialities like 'Westphalian ham', 'Pfefferpotthast' (a peppery beef stew), and Dortmunder beer.

Westenhellweg

One of the busiest shopping streets in Germany, filled with shops and cafes.

Transportation

Cycling

Dortmund is bicycle-friendly with numerous cycle paths.

Public Transport

Dortmund has a well-connected public transport system with buses, trams, and trains.

Walking

Many Dortmund attractions are within walking distance in the city centre.

Where to Stay in Dortmund

Dortmund City Centre

For convenience and easy access to major attractions.

Phoenix-See

Offers a more tranquil stay with a beautiful lake and modern amenities.

Best Time to Visit

Spring and Summer

Pleasant weather and numerous outdoor events.

Winter

Visit the famous Dortmund Christmas Market, one of the largest in Germany.

Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Dortmund

The Ball is Round Euro 2024 Group Stage

Saturday, 15th June

Group B

 Travel to Italy Italy 2-1 Albania Travel to Albania

Wow. Albania didn't mess about in Dortmund, going a goal up within a minute against the European Champions; make that 23 seconds. That's the way to do it.

Things were soon back in perspective as Allesandro Bastoni rose comfortably at the back post to head in an Italian equaliser.

Everyone knows the Italians like to eat late. Nicolò Barella didn't disappoint those just sitting down at the table for their Primi Piatti; edging Italy ahead in the 16th minute; make that a quarter past nine in Italia.

Tuesday, 18th June

Group F

Travel to Turkey Türkiye 3-1 Georgia Travel to Georgia

Türkiye were the first to break the deadlock; a top-corner volley from the right back, Mert Müldür, assisted by the left back.

And straight away, Türkiye thought they doubled their lead; but VAR called it back just as quickly.

Relief for Georgia, who replied with a goal of their own; a near-post grass cutter from Georges Mikautadze.

A left-foot cracker from nineteen year-old Arda Güler lifted Türkiye back in to pole position, in the 65th minute.

Then Giorgi Kochorashvili almost leveled for Georgia, but was denied by the crossbar.

In the closing minutes of time added on, the stadium erupted in Dortmund; as Turkey made it three with a great strike from Kerem Aktürkoğlu.

Saturday, 22nd June

Group F

Travel to Turkey Türkiye 0-2 Portugal Travel to Portugal

Turkey, cheered on by a massive support in Dortmund, looked lively for the first twenty minutes but it was Bernardo Silva who thumped Portugal in the lead after the ball came across the box, thanks to combined work from Rafael Leao and Nuno Mendes on the left:

Then disaster for Turkey, six minutes later, as a misunderstanding between Joao Cancelo and Cristiano Ronaldo saw the ball run free for Samet Akaydin to hit a hard back pass past his own goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Unselfishly, Cristiano Ronaldo broke free and squared for Bruno Fernandes to score in the 56th minute.

Tuesday, 25th June

Group D

Travel to France France 1-1 Poland Travel to Poland

France were awrded a penalty in the 56th minute and, who scored it. it was the man in the mask, Kylian Mbappé.

Poland were also awarded a penalty in the 77th minute.

Mike Maignan saved the penalty kick but stepped forward before the ball was kicked, so it had to be retaken.

Robert Lewandowski made sure at the second time of asking.

Knockout Stage - The Road to Berlin.

Euro 2024 Round of 16

Saturday, 29th June

Travel to Germany Germany 2-0 Denmark Travel to Denmark

An early disallowed goal didn't put Germany off their stride, but it took until the second-half for them to once again lay down their marker.

A massive storm late in the first half probably didn't help, as the teams had to be taken off the pitch just when they were finding some rhythm.

Once the game did get going again, Kai Havertz scored from the spot in the 57th minute and Jamal Musiala made it two, fifteen minutes later.

Denmark also had a goal ruled out by VAR for a narrow offside decision; just before Germany were awaded the penalty, for a David Raum cross that skimmed the arm of Joachim Andersen in the Danish penalty area.

To Stuttgart for the quarter-final.

Euro 2024 Semi-finals

Wednesday, 10th July

 Travel to Holland Netherlands 1-2 England Travel to England

Two teams who had taken time to find their stride met in the second semi-final; with Spain waiting in the wings.

In the seventh minute, Xavi Simons robbed a complacent Declan Rice and sped forward to give the Dutch an early lead.

England were given a lifeline, ten minutes later, when Harry Kane was awarded a penalty for a late raised foot, it would seem, and scored it.

Phil Foden had a shot stopped on the line by Dumfries, Dumfries headed on to the bar, and Phil Foden curled a shot on to the post; as both teams tried to edge in front before the break.

Apart from Luke Shaw coming on at the start of the second-half, for Kieran Trippier, Gareth Southgate waited until the 80th minute with his substitutions.

Once again it all clicked in to place as Cole Palmer provided the assist for Ollie Watkins to book England's place in the final.

To Berlin for the Euro 2024 Final.

The Ball is Round  Euro 2024 Host Cities

Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart.

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