UEFA maintains its intention to host Euro2020 football in the 12 cities originally planned to host the competition, which was postponed this year due to the covid-19 pandemic, the agency announced today in a statement.
In the meeting that UEFA held with representatives of the 12 host associations of the competition, which will take place between 11 June and 11 July, all parties argued that “flexibility in decisions regarding the organization of the tournament is necessary, taking into account the challenges and circumstances that each city faces ”, in the face of the global public health crisis.
In view of the evolution of the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, the 12 federations will have to present, in early April, the organizational plan for the admission of the public to the stadiums.
“UEFA is committed to hosting Euro2020 in the 12 cities initially planned. I believe that things will evolve positively as the competition gets closer. That is why it is important to give host cities and governments as much time as possible so that they can have a solid forecast of what the situation will be like in June and July, "said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, arguing that" supporters they are a very important part of football ”.
Euro2020 should have been played last year, but was eventually postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The competition will take place in 12 different cities, although UEFA has recently raised the possibility of organizing the tournament in one country, taking into account the increase in cases of infection with the new coronavirus in Europe.
Rome (Italy), London (England), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bilbao (Spain), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow (Scotland) , Munich (Germany) and Saint Petersburg (Russia) are the European cities that will host the 16th edition of the European Championship.
The opening game will be in Rome on June 11, while the final will be played in London on July 11.
Portugal, who is the holder of the trophy, is part of group F, along with Germany, France and Hungary. The Portuguese team will face the Hungarians (June 15) and the French (23) in Budapest, and in the middle play against the Germans (19) in Munich.