The decision to host the UEFA Euro 2020 championships across 13 different countries presents big challenges but ‘a great opportunity to create something unique,’ the ESSMA Summit in Lyon was told.
Andreas Schär, head of venue operations for UEFA, told delegates at the summit at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais that the move away from a single host nation was ‘to bring football to Europe, to bring football to the fans.’
He said the challenge would also be to keep a local flavour while maintaining the spirit of one championship.
It is really about how we are going to keep the local flavour? How are we going to create this identity of one tournamnent? How are we going to manage with the challenge that maybe some of the venues will not have their teams qualifying?
He said UEFA was currently in the strategy phase and the key parameters and concepts for the tournament were being developed.
There are really big challenges ahead but all of us are going to be involved in this great and unique opportunity to deliver something for Europe for the first time.
London’s Wembley Stadium will host the final and semi-finals of the championships.
Baku, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Brussels and Glasgow will host the event’s group matches.
The staging of Euro 2020 across Europe promises to provide a memorable football festival throughout the continent – and provides some countries and cities with the opportunity to be part of a tournament they may otherwise not be able to host.
The tournament is split as follows:
England/London – semi-finals and final
Azerbaijan/Baku – three group games, one quarter-final
Belgium/Brussels – three group games, one round of 16 game
Denmark/Copenhagen – three group games, one round of 16 game
Germany/Munich – three group games, one quarter-final
Hungary/Budapest – three group games, one round of 16 game
Italy/Rome – three group games, one quarter-final
Netherlands/Amsterdam – three group games, one round of 16 game
Republic of Ireland/Dublin – three group games, one round of 16 game
Romania/Bucharest – three group games, one round of 16 game
Russia/Saint Petersburg – three group games, one quarter-final
Scotland/Glasgow – three group games, one round of 16 game
Spain/Bilbao – three group games, one round of 16 game