Euro 2020: UEFA President makes special request to all 24 teams, says ” We need to adapt to finish Euros”
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told AFP on Friday that the teams would have to deal with “a special situation” to complete Euro 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s not the usual Euro because it’s in 11 countries and on top of it there’s a pandemic which makes travelling even more difficult,” Ceferin said in Rome.
“So every team will have to adapt to a special situation to finish this Euro.”
A year after being postponed due to the pandemic, the 24-team tournament spread across 11 venues throughout Europe gets underway on Friday with Italy facing Turkey in front of an estimated 16,000 fans in a Stadio Olimpico.
EURO 2020 OPENING MATCH
TUR vs ITA LIVE- Can Turks surprise Italy? Turkey has done remarkably well in the World Cup qualifiers under veteran manager Senol Gunes, who has promised to repeat his side’s World Cup performance of 2002, when the national team under him finished a remarkable third.
Turkey netted seven wins, two draws and just one loss (against Iceland) to finish a creditable second in Group H as it qualified for successive European Championships. In terms of recent form, Turkey made a remarkable start to it World Cup campaign by defeating the Netherlands 4-2 before making short work of Norway 3-0 & has capability to surprise fancied Italian team.
Euro 2020 Opening Ceremony – Opening ceremony details: With kick-off between Italy and Turkey scheduled for 8pm BST, the opening ceremony is expected to start around 20 minutes beforehand.
It will include a virtual performance, the result of a collaboration between Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge that was filmed in state-of-the-art motion-control studios in London and will be recreated in 3D inside the stadium.
Italy’s Undersecretary for Sport, Valentina Vezzali said opening the Stadio Olimpico for Euro 2020 is ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ for the pandemic.
The Italian Government confirmed in writing that it will commit to having at least 25 per cent capacity at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for the four Euro 2020 games.