UEFA Euro 2020/21: World Biggest Football Festival Starts

UEFA Euro 2020 has kicked off in style, with the tournament being held back for a year from 2020 to 2021 due to the pandemic. Despite the unusual circumstances the tournament will be hosted in 11 Euro countries, from June 11 to July 11.

For the first time in the tournament’s history, a tournament such as the Euro cup will be held across more than three countries. And it is sure to be a tournament that binds different cultures and people together.

UEFA EURO 2020 Opening

UEFA Euro 2020’s grand opening was held in Rome, Italy; one of the most historic places in the world. Andrea Bocelli launched the tournament with a grand performance with the opening match being between Italy and Turkey.

After the game, Italy came out as three to nothing winners and the tournament also saw the first time in its history that the first goal of the tournament was an own goal.

Credit: UEFA Euro 2020

Similarly, the overall atmosphere was very encouraging as fans put behind themselves a very tough year and find joy in football.

Format For EURO 2020/21 & Some New Rules

As big a tournament as the Euro, there is a lot of things to be taken into consideration especially due to covid. So, we start by giving you details about how the format plays out.

There are a total of 24 teams divided into six groups. This year due to 11 host countries, nine out of 24 teams have a game at their home. And six of the nine will further play all their group games in their home (Spain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherland, and England).

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UEFA President Michel Platini stated two major benefits more hosting a pan-continental tournament. Economy & Fans. That decision would make the tournament available for fans across many countries and it could cut off the burden of a single host country with a load of expenses.

With that being said there is some rule that the host countries and their respective stadiums must follow. Budapest is the only venue planning for a full stadium and the rest of the venue are looking for attending upward of 25% of the total 100% capacity.

Similarly, other measures include:

  • Compulsory masks in and around the stadium
  • A distance of 1.50 meters to be maintained
  • Only the seats indicated on the ticket should be used
  • Disinfectant is available throughout the stadium and encouraged for use
  • Hugs, high fives, and handshake are to be avoided
  • Limit movement as much as possible

So, the Euro cup is making major changes to bring happiness to people through sports and we urge all the fans to enjoy the sport and support their teams from their homes.

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Atif Abidi
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