Google marked the start of UEFA Euro 2020 with a doodle.© Google
The UEFA Euro 2020 tournament starts on Friday (local time) with Turkey facing Italy in a Group A fixture at the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Google celebrated the tournament with a doodle, which had a whistle to kick off the tournament. For the first time, the tournament is taking place in 11 cities in Europe – instead of one or two countries – despite the lingering shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are the reigning champions, but world champions France start the tournament as favorites.
The tournament has been delayed for a year due to the coronavirus crisis.
But despite the continuing threat, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been optimistic, insisting that Euro 2020 will be safe.
“This will be the first global event to be held since the pandemic struck,” he said.
“This 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 should come from Budapest, where it is hoped that the new Puskas Arena will be packed to capacity.
Each of the host cities will welcome fans again, with capacities between 25% and 100%, with the exception of Munich, which aims to accommodate a minimum of 14,500 fans, or around 22% of capacity.
Dublin and Bilbao were removed from the host city list after being unable to guarantee that they could meet UEFA’s requirement to host a limited number of spectators, but Sevilla replaced Bilbao while the matches of Dublin took place in London and St. Petersburg.
(With TUSEN inputs)
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