Google marked the start of UEFA Euro 2020 with a doodle.© Google
The UEFA Euro 2020 tournament starts on Friday (local time) with Turkey taking on Italy in Group A at the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Google celebrated the tournament with a doodle with a whistle to mark the start of the tournament. For the first time, the tournament is being held in 11 European cities – instead of one or two countries – despite the long shadow cast by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal is the defending champion, but the world champion starts France as his favorite tournament.
The tournament was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus crisis.
Despite the constant threat, UEFA President Alexander Ceferin has been rude, stressing that Euro 2020 will be safe.
“It will be the first event in the global dimension to take place since the pandemic hit,” he said.
“It will be the perfect opportunity to show the world that Europe is adapting. Europe is alive and celebrating life. Europe is back.”
The clearest illustration of this will come from Budapest, where the new Puskas Arena is expected to be packed.
Each host city will welcome fans with a capacity of between 25 percent and 100 percent, which can accommodate at least 14,500 fans apart from Munich – about 22 percent of capacity.
UEFA was left out of the list of host cities in Dublin and Bilbao unable to guarantee that it could meet the requirement to take a limited number of spectators, but Sevilla took the road to Bilbao while the Dublin matches went to London and St Petersburg.
(With AFP tickets)
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