Semi-finals against USA: Ice Hockey World Championship 2027 in Germany – “Milestone for the DEB”
Semi-final against USA
Ice Hockey World Championship 2027 in Germany – “Milestone for the DEB”
In addition to reaching the World Cup semi-finals, the chance of a medal and qualifying for the 2026 Olympics, the German Ice Hockey Federation can look forward to another piece of good news. The 2027 World Cup will take place in Germany.
Ten years after the tournament in Cologne and Paris Germany host another Ice Hockey World Championship in May 2027. In the vote in Tampere, Finland, the decision was clearly in favor of the German application with the venues Mannheim and Düsseldorf.
102 and thus 75 percent of the votes went to the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB), only 34 and thus 25 percent to Kazakhstan as the only competitor. “This is a milestone for the DEB,” said DEB President Peter Merten: “A home World Cup is certainly one of the greatest things for the players.”
Supplement also financially necessary
After the surprising semi-finals with the chance to win the first German World Cup medal in 70 years at the current World Cup in Latvia and Finland, the decision in favor of the DEB is the next piece of good news. “It’s amazing what the team is doing. It’s nice that we can tell a story like this,” said DEB Secretary General Claus Gröbner: “It’s going on – it couldn’t be nicer at the moment.”
The surcharge is also financially necessary in order to be able to implement all sporting reforms in the future. “We still have a lot of liquidity at the moment, but of course we have to manage with rising costs,” said Merten: “We want to continue investing what we bring in in young people, in women, so that we can do it again in six or eight years National teams have that in a semifinals or finals come.”
Germany was considered the favorite for awarding the World Cup in four years, on Thursday the two possible organizers presented their concepts at the World Association Congress.
Germany was there in 2017 France organizer
“I congratulate the German Ice Hockey Federation on the successful application,” said Sports Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) in a statement. “This is another success for Germany as a sporting nation and will inspire even more people in our country to play ice hockey.” In 2017 and 2010, German fans showed “the passion and fairness with which they celebrate ice hockey”.
Whether the opening game should take place in a football stadium, as in the home World Cup in 2010, is still open, but “not unrealistic,” said Gröbner. It’s no secret that the DEB would like to repeat an outdoor game. 13 years ago, around 78,000 spectators came to Schalke to watch the opening game of the World Cup, Germany versus USA (2-1 after extra time).
Germany last hosted a World Cup together with France in 2017. In 2024 the World Cup will take place in the Czech Republic with the venues in Prague and Ostrava, and in 2025 it will go to Sweden and Denmark with the venues in Stockholm and Herning. Switzerland will host the 2026 World Cup.