Google marked the beginning of UEFA Euro 2020 with a doodle.© Google
UEFA Euro 2020 event begins on Friday (native time) with Turkey taking up Italy in a Group A encounter on the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Google celebrated the event with a doodle, which had a whistle to mark the event kicking off. For the primary time, the event is going down in 11 cities throughout Europe — as an alternative of 1 or two nations — regardless of the lingering shadow solid by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are the defending champions however world champions France begin the event because the favourites.
The event was delayed by a 12 months as a result of coronavirus disaster.
But regardless of the continuing menace, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been bullish, insisting Euro 2020 will likely be secure.
“It will be the first event of a global dimension to be held since the pandemic struck,” he mentioned.
“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 that’s set to come back from Budapest, the place it’s hoped the brand new Puskas Arena will likely be packed to capability.
Each of the host cities will welcome again followers, with capacities of between 25 % and 100 % other than Munich, which goals to host a minimal of 14,500 followers — round 22 % of capability.
Dublin and Bilbao have been dropped from the listing of host cities after being unable to offer ensures they might meet UEFA’s requirement of accommodating restricted numbers of spectators, however Seville stepped in for Bilbao whereas Dublin’s video games went to London and Saint Petersburg.
(With AFP Inputs)
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